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"My internship with the United Nations’ World Food Program in Tanzania could not have been more beneficial and worthwhile. Living amongst the citizens of one of the most impoverished regions on earth was remarkable, and sincerely humbling. This was an experience that can never be replicated in a classroom and one that has given me significant insight into the needs and the way forward for a compassion and inspiration to succeed in and out of the classroom----I made a difference."
Greetings from Rome!
As some of you may know, I am currently
interning in IFAD Headquarters, a specialized UN agency dedicated to
eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. IFAD works closely with World
Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Some of you
have interned in these organizations in stations all over the world.
I am currently working in the Procurement Section in charge of the acquisition of goods, services
and works the organization needs, ranging from the purchases of fertilizers to
travel services to insurances. The Procurement team is committed to achieving
the best value for money selecting offers that meets IFAD’s requirements
considering also parameters such as social and environmental sustainability,
and provides a cost effective solution.In order to help you picture my working
environment...People coordinating in different languages, co-workers constantly
on "missions," supervisors with tremendous experience and CVs... It's
incredibleNot to mention, the eternal city of ROME!!!!!! It's
a magnificent cultural melting pot that blows my mind no matter how many times
I return to visit its secrets and wonders. By far, my favorite city in the
United Nations World Food Programme, Bangkok, Thailand
Nayapara Refugee Camp, Bangladesh
Over the summer, May-August of 2009 I was apart of an internship with the United Nations World Food Program(WFP) in Bangkok, Thailand. Attaining the internship required dialogue between guided WFP personnel, the UNF International Studies Department and the Academic Enrichment Program. Throughout my internship I was able to contribute to relief and emergency aid to vulnerable populations such as Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. While interacting daily with international staff and humanitarians across the globe I was also invited to directly participate in ground level operations in refugee camps on the Bangladesh and Myanmar border and the borders of India and Bangladesh. The opportunity to not only obtain an internship through UNF but to contribute to throughout our globe in desperate need was an opportunity that changed my life and my direction in life. It gave me a career focus in addition to enhancing my knowledge of the world around me.
I remember the first day of Professor Soderberg's "Contemporary Issues" class as a student still unsure of my career goals. She promised that the internship experiences we could obtain through her mentorship would be life changing, and that only a brave handful of us would actually take her up on it. With determination, I recall telling myself, "I have to be in that handful."Fast forward eighteen months, and I have begun to passionately pursue a career in government relations. After "Contemporary Issues," I took Professor Soderberg's Spring 2012 "Real World Policy" class in which we selected a U.S. foreign policy issue, developed policy prescriptions, and presented them before senior officials in Washington, DC that included a meeting with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Last year, I spent four months in Tanzania as an intern with the United Nations World Food Program where I assisted with the Food for Education & Food for Assets initiatives. My experience there provided me with a firsthand understanding of the cooperative relationships between national & local government, NGOs, and international organizations. Since returning to the States, I have been interning in the Jacksonville office of Senator Marco Rubio. Following graduation in April 2013, I will be moving to Washington, DC to continue work in government relations before pursuing graduate and law degrees. Through Professor Soderberg's mentorship, I have already accomplished milestones in my collegiate career that I never imagined possible. Peter Drucker, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, once said, "Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." Professor Soderberg has done exactly this for me and my fellow students at the University of North Florida.Her promise has held true: The opportunities I have had through her mentorship have changed my life and the trajectory of my career. Not a day goes by that I'm not grateful to be in that handful of brave students.
Reports Officer for the World Food Program headquarters in Rome, Italy: In 2010, I started work as an intern with the World Food Program’s (WFP) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Today, after working in a handful of emergencies throughout the globe, I am back at a desk in Rome – a bit road worn, but grateful for the opportunities I've earned. I've played more of a role in global events during the last three years than I thought possible in three lifetimes, and for that I have my university to thank. The connections provided through UNF, as well as the internship-assistance initiatives of individual faculty, helped to jump-start my career and turn my good intentions into practical solutions. As a Reports Officer, it has been my job to let the world know what issues are preventing families from reaching their basic food needs, and what WFP and the cooperating humanitarian community are doing to help. I consolidate information – including WFP's operations, food insecurity issues, as well as the overall political, economic, social and sometimes militaristic updates – to provide on-the-ground context for donor countries, WFP management, the general humanitarian community, and on occasion news media outlets. I've worked in Guatemala to support subsistence farmers and their families after mudslides and flooding wiped out seed silos, fields, and whole villages. At the onset of the Arab Spring, I went to Cairo where I took part in the refugee assistance to those populations fleeing conflict in Libya for neighboring countries in Egypt and Tunisia; and later, as fighting within Libya scaled down, I moved into the country to play a larger role in managing and evaluating distributions to families struggling to reestablish their lives in war-torn cities and governorates. In Rome, I help to provide donors with timely updates on country office and regional activities – ensuring that such direct, on-the-ground assistance can continue to be provided. There is a lot of uncertainty in my job, and I've had to learn to adapt quickly to evolving environments. I like working for WFP because it’s a constant reminder to be thankful, and that, while the world does not treat all equally, at least WFP (and organizations like it) give us the platform to help improve the situation for those who have been handed a raw deal. Working in this organization has been an unmatched opportunity, and I’m glad I've been able to play a small role in these evolving regions. Often I am asked how I came to work in such an interesting environment – once the UNF opportunity opened a door for me, I took it and ran. My advice has always been: forget the wardrobe and work for the job you want, not the job you have. If you enter as an intern, anywhere, and want a paid position – be ready to get your hands dirty and make yourself indispensable. I wish you all the best of luck in your path. All the best!
When I first contacted Professor Nancy Soderberg, I was getting ready to graduate and contemplating my options for that summer after graduation and before Graduate School. I told her my interest in working in an international environment dealing with matters of international and global significance, even though I was not sure what would be my role in that scenario. In her counseling words, Professor Soderberg told me that it was important to find what field inspired me now and try internships to see if it fits. She immediately jumped to the task of finding me an internship abroad or with an international agency. I was amazed by her eagerness to help students and her dedication to my humble personal goal. Within a week, she had found me the internship of my dreams: a summer internship with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in its headquarters in Rome, Italy. Could it get better? Not only was it exactly what I wanted, but also the internship was in an agency of the United Nations and in Italy!
About a month after graduation, I flew to Roma with nothing but excitement, my bag and two Italian dictionaries. I was an intern in the Risk Reduction and Disaster Mitigation unit of the Policy Division of WFP. More specifically, I was a part of a joint project between WFP and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study and build new economic strategies to mitigate the impact of disasters in the livelihoods of marginal farmers in countries like Ethiopia, India, Thailand and China. It sounds complicated and I had not a clue of what that meant or what my role would be in that project when I started my internship. After four months, though, I was hired by WFP to finish a research project I had started which studied reinsurance methods implemented in 20 countries to mitigate such disasters. I went to global meetings with experts in the area (the funny part being that the three month-old intern was an expert) and was invited to join the team in their field trip to India to analyze implementations of the program. My research essays were later published in conjunction with the International Research Institute (IRI) at Columbia University.
Overall, I worked with WFP and lived in Rome, Italy for almost a year, after which I had to go back to United States and start Graduate School. The experience was challenging but incredible. I met many smart and driven people from all around the world who strove to end hunger and better the lives of marginal people living in the developing world. I met influential people who work in the realm of politics and call the decisions, academics who research, study and try to implement what politicians boast about, and diplomats who try to close the gap between countries. I got exactly what I expected and more from my internship with the World Food Programme: I was face-to-face with the dynamics and demands of the international market of helping people. Oh, and I speak Italian now. I cannot thank Professor Nancy Soderberg enough for the experience I had. There are great opportunities for students in the UNF campus. As an UNF alumna, my advice to current students is to look for them and ask for an internship.
When I was an intern for Congressman Cliff Stearns in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2008, this opportunity opens a new phase of my life. Before accepting this internship, I have never live or work outside of the Jacksonville area. I was nervous about living in a different place and in a different city; however, Nancy Soderberg gave me the inspiration and courage to do it! Through her guidance and advice, I got the internship in Washington, D.C.It was a real pleasure and honor to work for my congressman at Capitol Hill. I felt proud that I was helping people from my congressional district in Florida. One of my favorite tasks was giving tours in the Capital Building for the constituents from my district. I love American history, and it was fantastic that I can demonstrate this knowledge by telling people stories of the different rooms in the Capital Building. One of my favorite rooms was the Old Supreme Court Chamber. It was here that legendary justices like Chief Justice John Marshall preside over famous cases such as McCulloch v. Maryland, Gibbons v. Ogden, Dred Scott v. Sandford that helped shape American politics and history!As for other duties, I attended a sub-committee meeting about advantages and disadvantages of using certain psychological drugs for U.S. veterans from Iraq or helped constituents either by phone or by mail. Being an intern on Capitol Hill has other advantages! With my clearance badge, I could freely explore most places like the Capital Building and the U.S. Representative and Senate offices! Under Capital Hill is a huge network of tunnels. I went from my office building to the U.S. Library of Congress without ever going above ground! One of the coolest perks of being an intern was that I could sit and watch the Representatives and the Senators debating and voting in their respective galleries!This opportunity was the foundation of my life in service. After my internship, I was an intern for different political campaigns in 2008 and 2010. After completing my degree at UNF, I enrolled as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan in 2011. I taught English as a second language in a village. Currently, I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine working with the youth in disadvantaged areas. Internships are a great and wonderful way to find out what you want to do in life. Internships also help in developing skills for your future career!I had the honor and privilege to be part of Nancy’s public policy course in the fall of 2008. For our project, it was on Venezuela’s relationship with the U.S. The project was a blueprint for America and Venezuela to reengage on various issues concerning the U.S.’s interests in Latin America. My class and I presented our policy paper to various policy officials, including the Venezuelan embassy. It was a fantastic trip! We met many important government officials: Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Robert W. Swartz: Special Advisor to the Vice-President for National Security, Patrick Duddy: expelled U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, Brigadier General Joseph P. Disalvo, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs of the Venezuelan Embassy Dr. Rivero Santos, and many others!We conducted our meetings at the CIA Headquarters, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Venezuelan Embassy, and Capitol Hill. One of my favorite places was the Pentagon! After our meeting, an honor guard gave us a personal tour of the place. He even showed us the Pentagon 9/11 memorial where one of the planes crushed into the Pentagon on that horrible day. Another favorite place was the State Department. Before our presentation, we were waiting in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms where foreign diplomats wait for the Secretary of State. Just down the corridor, we saw the Secretary of State’s office!After the meetings, we enjoyed the city life in D.C.! We ate a Lebanese restaurant and an Ethiopian restaurant. We visited many monuments such as the Jefferson Memorial. We even stayed in a nice hotel in Georgetown! This trip was just a dream that was unreal! If anyone would have told me that I would present a policy paper in the CIA Headquarters, the Pentagon, or the State Department, I would not have believed that person! I highly recommend in taking Nancy Soderberg’s policy class. Not only are you learning about foreign policy, but you actually practicing it in D.C.!
"As part of my interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Conflict Transformation, I took Ambassador Soderberg's Real World Power/Superpower Myth class. Not only did this course improve my critical thinking and writing skills, but Ambassador Soderberg later helped me secure an internship in Washington DC at a prestigious think tank, where I researched the future of UN peacekeeping operations and the protection of civilians during violent conflict. Following this experience I was able to land a job in DC at an international human rights advocacy organization and I am also currently finishing a Master’s of Science in Conflict Management and Negotiations. My experience at UNF was instrumental in preparing me for a career in foreign policy and human rights advocacy." Shannon Clark Co-Founder & CEO of Eco Hub: www.theEcoHub.org
Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington D.C.This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or the “Drug Czar’s” Office in Washington, D.C. The ONDCP sets and coordinates the White House’s policies on illegal drugs among the various executive branch agencies with its ultimate goal of reducing drug use. It is responsible for the federal government’s anti-drug media campaigns and awards grants to communities in their efforts against drugs. I was assigned to intern in their Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), which was a very enlightening experience due to the intergovernmental contact. My main duties were typical office work (data entry, making copies, etc) and to research a variety of topics. A consistent activity was to build biographies of Senators and members of Congress. These biographies are for the Director on his trips around the nation. The most interesting aspect was the opportunity to attend hearings and meetings on Capitol Hill. I attended various Congressional committee and subcommittee hearings in the House and Senate Office Buildings, which helped me gain a better understanding of the legislature. It was interesting to gauge each member of Congress's interest or lack thereof in the subject at hand. One of the most important things that I got out of the internship was learning how the executive and legislative branches interact. OLA would track bills relating to drugs and lobby members of Congress to vote in favor of the bills. This aspect was interesting to me because at the time I did not think of the executive branch as lobbyists. Another interesting aspect was that members of Congress would work with the ONDCP about staging press conferences and information to use in speeches. Again, this helped to illustrate the coordination between these two branches of government. The best part of the internship was living in the city. I lived in an apartment at The George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom area. I was blocks from major areas of importance and history, such as: the Watergate Complex, the John F. Kennedy Center, and the Department of State. During my short, five week stay I tried to experience as much of the city as possible. I could make a huge list of everything that I did but the highlights were: attending a Broadway musical at the John F. Kennedy Center, touring the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian Museums, and attending a U.S. National Team Soccer game. Besides the various events and museums, the city is very beautiful and has an array of historical neighborhoods. Overall, the internship was one of the most exciting things I have done in my life. It is so hard to describe the entire experience, but it has changed me for the better. I have clearer goals in mind and know that I would love to work for the federal government in Washington. I highly recommend any student to apply for an internship in Washington, D.C. or anywhere else that they are interested. I was not expecting to get the internship, but I did and it was a truly life changing opportunity.
State Department, Washington, D.C.
One of the most exciting and eye opening courses at UNF “Real World Policy” allowed me to present a policy paper at numerous government agencies in Washington, D.C., which led into being accepted for an Internship with the State Department. Currently, I am in Miami, Florida three weeks into my Internship interning with the State Department Office of Foreign missions (OFM). I have met numerous foreign diplomats from all over the world who are are busy serving their country on our soil. I believe this internship is a great experience for achieving my goals in future. This opportunity allows me to better understand what it is to work for the State Department. I am planning to continue my education after the internship and start graduate school. I am eager to work for the State Department in the future. UNF and its distinguished professors, such as Nancy Soderberg, have paved the way for my success.
Senator Mel Martinez, Washington D.C.
My experience with Senator Martinez's office was life, perspective and profession changing. After a mere 6 weeks working in the Senator’s office, I had spent time in every aspect of legislative life and had been able to actively participate in the wide range of services the Senator offered to constituents. Over the course of the internship, I worked with the Staff Assistants to answer constituent phone calls, mail flags, track opinions, run errands and do the expected scanning, filing and logging that every office needs done to run smoothly. But as the internship progressed, I was given the opportunity to write letters on the Senator’s behalf as a Legislative Correspondent, write and present briefings on healthcare and upcoming appointments, and attend staff meetings, important hearings and meet incredible people. From the memory of taking an elevator ride with Senator John McCain in the “Senators Only” elevator to shopping with Senator Leahy in the Senate Gift Store to meeting presidential appointee to the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, I had the best experience working for Senator Martinez and would strongly recommend it to any potential intern in the future.
PEN American Center, New York City
My internship was with PEN American Center in New York City. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. The organization is comprised of 3,300 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. They promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society. PEN is has a number of different programs, including The Writer’s Fund, which I worked on.The PEN Writer’s Fund assists professionally published writers and editors who are facing acute financial crisis by providing temporary financial relief to alleviate hardship that might otherwise force them to abandon their work. My responsibilities included researching health insurance and aid organizations that are geared towards helping writers in emergency situations, and updating the PEN website’s resource list. I also was the initial person in charge of assessing and summarizing applicants for PEN’s Writer’s Fund. And I attended the final meeting to address the amount of aid money to be allotted to each applicant. I also assisted with various other tasks related to Membership including addressing envelopes to endless numbers of editors, writers, and assorted other members, including Henry Kissinger, Woody Allen and one of my personal favorites Annie Dillard, all of whom I subsequently stalked (just kidding!)…I was able to finance the scholarship, with the help and guidance of Dr. Soderberg, who told me about the TLO grant offered at UNF. I wrote out a cover letter, and with my resume, and a letter of recommendation. After a few months I learned that I had received the internship. I actually fell in love with New York City so much that when my supervisor at PEN asked me if I would like to stay on as a fall intern. I decided I would, and I signed up for all online classes for that semester. I eventually did have to go home, but I can definitely say, what started out as a summer internship turned into much more. Of course, the internship also looks great on my resume. Working at PEN challenged me to improve my writing skills, and I got a great feel for what it is like to work in a real life non- profit setting. I found the passion of the people I was working with very inspiring as well; to be working for something they really believed in. A large part of the experience for me was all the new friends I made while staying at a hostel in Brooklyn, called Loftstel when I first arrived. I now have close friends that live in all corners of the world. I met people from all over, many doing internships, or first moving to the city to pursue their dreams, and careers. It was probably the best experience I have had in my life.
This past summer I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in New York interning at Human Rights Watch (HRW). This experience turned out to be incredibly valuable and I am tremendously happy I did it. The experience I gained was like none other that I had had before. In addition to this the people I was able to work with were some of the most impressive people I had ever met. If you are interested in Human Rights, international policy, or international law, interning at a human rights organization be a career progressing and eye opening experience.In the first few days I was at HRW I was able to sit in one upper level meetings and witness the decision making proses in opening foreign satellite offices, hiring employees abroad, and handling controversial issues such as criticizing powerful governments in an open international setting. From my appointment in the program office I was able to get an overview of how a human rights defence organization operates. The tasks I was given allowed me to work independently and also gave me the opportunity to piratically work along side some of the more experienced staff members. The people at HRW particularly impressed me. They were all extremely qualified in what they did and all seemed to have a passion for protecting human rights. Most of the people I worked with had post graduate degrees and all of htem had international work experience. Wether they had been journalists, anthropological researchers, or members of foreign governments all were able to give me substantial advice on how to progress my carer and obtain similar experience. My time at HRW opened my eyes to a world I had very limited knowledge of before this summer. Working in an NGO provided me a glimpse into how NGO's operate and how they advocate to governments and other influential organizations such as the UN. I learned far more in six weeks that I would in a semester in college. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to enter this field to do an internship, more as a necessity than an option.
I cannot undersell the value of internships as they have been vital in my developmental personally and professionally. The first internship I ever got was with the McCain-Palin Presidential campaign. My job was to assist staff with, many times, random problems and events. Yet with the connections I made during the campaign, I started myself on a journey that has, so far, led me to work as a lobbyist for Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee.
While I college, because of Professor Soderberg's classes and the unique opportunities UNF provided me, I sought out multiple internships working for political campaigns, think tanks, and lobbying firms. Each one of those internships provided me opportunities to learn how to be a political operative, a professional, and a confident individual. It was with that first internship however, that set me on this path. Unknown to me at the time, but during the McCain-Palin campaign I joined, what I call, the Republican Campaign Rolodex. Many people never realize that political campaigns are run by the same people every election cycle and once you do one, you get called back in. In the summer of 2010, I graduated and was going to join the ranks of those in the labor market that were under-employed. However, due to the connections I made in the McCain-Palin campaign, I was offered an opportunity. I was asked to join Rick Scott’s campaign for the Governor of Florida. Although I was hired as a Deputy Field Director, I eventually oversaw field operations in twelve counties in Northeast Florida. My office had over 100 staff and volunteers, which I trained and led for 4 months. After Governor Scott won, I was asked to join the Governor’s inaugural committee and take responsibility for several events. At the ripe old age of 21, I allocated a budget of half a million dollars and led two inaugural events. Immediately after the Governor’s Inauguration, I was appointed as a Legislative Liaison at the Agency for Health Care Administration. In my role as liaison between the Governor, the Florida Legislature, and the Agency responsible for healthcare in Florida I became responsible for promoting the policies of the Governor by monitoring, lobbying, and analyzing legislation, including but not limited to, Florida’s massive Medicaid program, prescription drug programs, and regulated health and long-term care facilities. My impact on the Florida legislative process has been palpable. Though Washington D.C. is the goal for many young, politically-motivated students, I cannot understate the opportunities that exist on both the local and state levels. Whether it is directly lobbying Legislators and staff or directly impacting the policy formulated that affect the millions of citizens in Florida, my immediate impact on high-level policy was resoundingly quick. It has been quite a journey these last 5 years – time has flown – but it all started because of an internship.
I am planning to pursue a PhD Degree in international relations in order to become a U.S Foreign Service Office. I will be graduating from University of North Florida (UNF) in April, 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in International Relations and a minor in philosophy.My goal is to represent America's interests in East Africa, in particular Ethiopia. My personal knowledge of the culture, religion, and language in the region, coupled with my graduate studies, will prepare me well for this career. I believe that this is only possible due to Prof. Nancy Soderberg encouragement and commitment to helping me understand international relations.My interest in international relations stems from growing up in Africa. I was born in Yavello, Ethiopia in 1991 and my family and I moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 1994 because of the political instability of the Ethiopian government. Growing up in Kenya I assimilated into the culture, language and the people. Kiswahili became my third language after Afan Orom and Amharic. In hope for a better life my family and I moved once again to America, 10 years in the pursuit of happiness I have always kept my dream to help my people in my mind and heart.Before I began taking Prof. Soderberg's classes, I worked at UNF Environmental Center as a student assistant in August, 2011. I coordinated Garbage on the Green a $7,000 project. I recruited and trained over 160 students' for the university-sponsored event in 2011, and 124 students in 2012. The audit program is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling, litter-prevention practices and other "environmental" issues. I also oversaw the planning, logistics, management of 60 student volunteers for Recyclemania. It is an ongoing 10-week long, friendly competition between 600 different universities nationwide.
Jack Bisase was recently award the 2013 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
Press Release for
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
of North Florida alumnus Jack Bisase was awarded the 2013 Thomas R.
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation, which supports the preparation of future Foreign
This fall, Bisase,
who graduated from UNF in 2011 with a degree in International Studies,
will be among 40 exceptional men and women who will begin their journey
towards representing America as Foreign Service officers through the
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. After an intense
selection process, the 2013 Pickering Fellows—20 undergraduate fellows
and 20 graduate fellows—were identified as candidates with some of the
skills crucial for members of the United States diplomatic corps:
dedication, leadership, planning, cultural adaptability and strong
believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. I am tremendously
grateful to all who supported me along the way for I am nothing but for
those—my family, friends, professors, and mentors—who have helped me
and have enabled me to get where I am today,” said Bisase, a Mandarin
resident. “Since there is no way I can ever pay it back, I intend to pay
Administered for the
U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation, the Pickering Fellowships develop a source of men and women
whose academic and professional backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of
the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s
interests abroad. This year’s fellows have been admitted to master’s
degree programs at a range of institutions including Harvard University,
the University of California, and Berkeley, the University of Denver,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American University,
Carnegie Mellon University and more.
is among the 17th class of Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows
that will receive financial support towards a two-year, full-time
master’s degree program in fields such as public policy, international
affairs, public administration and other related academic fields. He
will be attending American University and intends to make a career out of the Foreign Service. Ultimately, he would like to serve as an Ambassador.
in both programs participate in one domestic and one overseas
internship. Upon the completion of their master’s degree, they commit to
three years of service as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S.
Department of State. The Foreign Service, a corps of working
professionals who support the President of the United States and the
Secretary of State in advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad, are
front-line personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time,
in service to the diplomatic needs of the United States.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is named in
honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of
the latter half of the 20th century. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S.
UNF, a nationally ranked
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers
students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the
opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
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