Spring 2013 Interns
ADST is fortunate to attract a very talented group of interns each semester to assist in our research. This semester is no different.
Jenna is with American University; Francis from Florida State; Mary Ellis – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Sarah is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
Jihyeon Yoo and Angelica Shin are from the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia.
Rounding out the group are: Alex Fukui from Wooster; ADST Executive Director Chris Sibilla; Audrey Blaschke, graduate student from American University; and Matt Longo from Catholic University.
State Department Virtual Student Foreign Service Interns
Bob Patterson (on the left) and Katie Walpole. What is VSFS?
What is an Internship with ADST?
ADST offers a robust internship program that caters to those with an interest in the Foreign Service and diplomatic history. Our interns emerge from their internship with a better understanding of U.S. diplomacy, the inner-workings of the U.S. Department of State, and the realities of Foreign Service life.
ADST assists in the education of college and high school students interested in diplomatic history, foreign policy issues, and the ethics of public service through its internship program. ADST’s relationship within the Foreign Service provides insight into its community. Through special arrangements with their institutions, some interns receive college credit for their work as research assistants in the ADST Oral History and Publication Programs or as management interns assisting ADST.
Our interns work on a variety of projects to aid in ADST’s mission. Past interns have: edited book manuscripts and oral histories, compiled histories for use in our country reader series and topic reader series, written articles for inclusion on the ADST website, helped at various ADST events, edited images for inclusion in book projects, and edited the ADST website. Currently, interns are mining our extensive oral history collection for interesting stories that can be used as a Moment in U.S. Diplomatic History.
Interns regularly sit-in on our interviews with former FSOs and ambassadors, during which time they have the opportunity to speak candidly with the individual being interviewed. Interns have the opportunity to attend special events at Brookings and other such organizations. Because of our special relationship with the Department of State Foreign Service Institute, our interns have also had the opportunity to audit various courses FSI offers as well as meet with Department of State personnel representing numerous career tracks in both the foreign and civil service.
We accept interns primarily during the summer and during the academic year, but special appointments during academic recesses may be considered.
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2013. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2013 in mid-August.
To apply for an internship with The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, please email Executive Director Christopher Sibilla with the following:
2. Cover Letter
3. A 3-5 page writing sample
Please note that although ADST is an independent nonprofit organization, our offices are located on the Department of State NFATC / FSI campus. Accepted applicants will be required to submit to a federal “public trust” background investigation to receive clearance to enter State Department facilities.
If you have any questions about our internship program or its application process, please email Chris Sibilla or call ADST at 703-302-6990.