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Travel, Culture Inspire State Department Interns

Published: July 27, 2010
A love of travel and an insatiable appetite for learning about cultures are two requisites for working for the U. S. Department of State. A sense of adventure and appreciation of diplomacy are a plus.

“All the interns including myself were invited to attend the ambassador’s annual Fourth of July party where there were many influential people from the military and government,” said Frances Snelling ’11, a summer intern for the State Department in Rome. “It was a very interesting and meaningful event that included different ceremonies performed by U.S. Marines and others.”

As an intern in the Financial Management Center, Snelling has spent the last couple of months in Rome learning the ins and outs of federal work. Her main function as an intern involves data processing, working with spreadsheets and assisting on financial management projects.

“After studying abroad in undergrad, I knew I loved traveling, and the Department of State can offer not only a great career, but a rewarding and fulfilling one as well,” said Snelling, a graduate student earning an MBA with a concentration in international business and a master’s in finance.

Snelling discovered the internship opportunity after attending a Career Services information session on government jobs and internships with the Department of State. She is just one of a handful of UT students who have benefited from this exposure, including Carlos Salinas ’11 who spent this summer with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica as an intern with Public Affairs. Salinas spent the Fall 2009 semester as an intern at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Jenine Rossington ’11 was chosen for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs summer enrichment program, a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. Department of State that grooms outstanding young people for a career in the Foreign Service.

Snelling, a member of the graduate organization UT-GOLD , has enjoyed the Rome assignment so much, she will follow it up with a 10-week internship with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, as an economic and science affairs intern.

“After doing this internship I know that I’d like to pursue the Foreign Service, and have found this job to be very interesting,” Snelling said. “Also networking right now is huge, and I’m getting the chance to meet very influential people such as U.S. Ambassador David Thorne, ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino.”

She said her finance and accounting classes at UT have been helpful in familiarizing her with her assignments as an intern. The experience has also narrowed her interests, intriguing her to take special electives once she returns to campus.

For more information on State Department opportunities, contact the Office of Career Services at (813) 253-6236 or e-mail .

Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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