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Student Internship: Timothy Foye

Timothy Foye and Ivanka Trump

Timothy and Ivanka Trump at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

My name is Timothy D. Foye and I am a junior International Relations & Political Science major. I interned with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany from February to April 2017 in their Economic Section. I applied to this program through usajobs.gov, was accepted to the program three months later, and arrived on site six months later.

While interning, I had the opportunity to support Embassy staff on a range of subjects including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, crime, trade, and the G20 Finance Ministers summit. I regularly conducted research, editing, and proofreading for official Embassy briefing material, as well as attended many meetings both in the Embassy, at German Federal Ministries, and at various think-tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Berlin. I wrote analytical reports for the Department of State and regularly collected and distributed a report on the ‘issues of the day' in Germany to the Department of State and to the wider U.S. Government. In addition, I  assisted with official visits by U.S. Government representatives, such as a visit by the U.S. Secretary of Treasury, the First Daughter and Advisor to the President, and a Congressional delegation.

This opportunity was a wonderful experience for me - it was very educational, insightful, and interesting.  In addition to working at the Embassy, living for ten weeks in Berlin was a treat in itself.  The U.S. Department of State offers internships at many of its bureaus in Washington, D.C., as well as at many of its Embassies and Consulates overseas. This internship was unpaid and I had to cover all of my costs (including housing, transportation, and food).  However, I received great experience from the internship, course credit from the Duquesne Political Science Department, and a very encouraging letter of recommendation from Embassy staff upon my departure.