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Embassy Posts Around the World

The United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan Community Liaison Office 2013

During my internship at the embassy in Amman, Jordan I experienced a culture and people vastly different from my own. What an incredible experience to have seen how beautiful the Middle East can truly be, as well as how kind its people are. My time spent in the Community Liaison Office had me aiding the department in embassy-wide event planning, organizing and leading local excursions, as well as working with the Jordanian school system to help the children of American diplomats settle in more easily. I was trusted to work directly with esteemed dignitaries and diplomats and handle confidential material. The greatest part about this internship was the ability to assist newly posted officers and their families in their adjustment to life in country. During my time here, I was so lucky to travel all over Jordan from Petra to Jaresh to the Dead Sea and of course around my "home" city of Amman.

The United States Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa The Protocol Office 2012

Back to Africa again! Working in the Protocol Office of the American Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa required developing many valuable skills. While working at the embassy I was a vital part of the planning and executing of our annual Independence Day Celebration and the arrival of our Secretary of State, First Lady Hillary Clinton. In both circumstances, I worked in close relation with the Ambassador, using a high degree of confidentiality, efficiency, and patience. In my time as Protocol Assistant, my biggest accomplishment was the successful completion of updating the entire U.S. Embassy's Contact Database. Completion of this task required direct communication with over seven thousand people located all over the world. In order to do so, proficiency in all Microsoft programs as well as proficiency in database programs were necessary.

This time around in South Africa, I was also able to visit Zambia, Zimbabwe, and even scuba-dive in Mozambique.

The United States Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa Travel Department 2011

This was my very first internship working with an American Embassy. And boy, what a learning curve it was! During my time three months in Pretoria I learned the ins and outs of bureaucratic work (the goods and the bads). I loved getting to see how diplomacy works from the lowest level to the highest - it truly takes a cavalry to make anything happen. Specifically, I worked in the Travel Department, where I handled the lengthy process of obtaining visas for embassy personnel which sometimes involved going personally to other countries’ embassies to obtain proper documentation. Sometimes this was chaotic (as you can imagine, there are many countries who don't particularly care for the U.S. that much..) but other times it was exciting to get to converse with other foreign diplomats. One of the most exciting parts about this internship was my ability to assist in the arrangements for the visit of First Lady Michelle Obama. Meeting her and listening to her speak were both true pleasures.

South Africa is a surprisingly massive country, of which I was able to see only a fraction. Of course, that didn't stop me from taking loads of photos!

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