Consider working for the U.S. Department of State

For both summer internships and full-time entry level positions, the U.S. Department of State hires adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, who want to make a contribution to the global society.

Summer internships with the Department of State offer U.S. citizen college students an opportunity to experience the work of  Foreign and Civil Service careers first hand both at their headquarters in Washington D.C. and at one of the 265-plus embassies and consulates around the world. The majority of Department of State internships are unpaid.  Depending on available funding, the Department may offer a limited number of centrally-funded paid internships to students with demonstrated financial need. Applications can be made @ USA Jobs with a November 1, 2011 deadline for 2012 summer internships.

In addition to hiring Foreign Service Officers, the State Department offers career opportunities in 22 different specialized functions such as technical, management, healthcare, language and administrative services.

To learn first hand about opportunities with the U.S. Department of State, please plan to attend an information session this coming Thursday, October 6 @ 4:30 in KJ 101. Ms. Rhonda Bent Rabetsivahiny, a 1994 Hamilton graduate with a concentration in government, will speak to students about her career as a Special Agent with the U.S. State Department as well as other career options in the Foreign Service.
Ms. Rabetsivahiny began her career at the Department of State as a Diplomatic Security special agent. After training, she was assigned to the New York Field Office where she conducted passport and visa fraud investigations and provided protection for foreign diplomats. Ms. Rabetsivahiny’s performance in NY led her to be chosen to be on the Secretary of State’s protective detail, where she often served as the advance for diplomatic visits overseas.

With solid French language skills, Ms. Rabetsivahiny was drafted by the Regional Security Office (RSO) in Paris where she filled in as the Deputy RSO. With that experience, Ms. Rabetsivahiny obtained the position of RSO Antananarivo ( Madagascar), where she led the Embassy through a coup, opened a new embassy and activated a new Marine Security Guard (MSG) Detachment.

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