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.
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.
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.
’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
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.
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.”
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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