Internship at Ecuadorian Embassy
For a college student, summer time should not be wasted. As I have mentioned before, whether taking summer classes, getting a summer job, a second job, or most ideally, an internship, a college student should constantly look at opportunities to continue his/her education and to make the most of their college experience. Internships are very important for this endeavor and for furthering one’s career goals. After all, getting a job with no previous experience is rather difficult.
This summer I will be interning in the Ambassador’s Office at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, D.C. I came upon this opportunity in a peculiar way. I follow the ambassador and her office through Twitter and one day I tweeted to her office regarding possible internships opportunities. She responded back with the contact information to apply. I sent all my information: resume, letter of recommendation, transcript information, and even a writing sample, and a week later got a call to come in for an interview. Through this experience I learned to never underestimate social media ever again and that opportunities can come in all formats. Nevertheless, internships can also be found and attained in more traditional ways: fliers in a bulletin board, career events at the college, by recommendation of professors, by looking at an office, person or company’s website, or even by knowing someone.
Keep in mind that it is always good to apply to every option possible. Don’t just apply to the internship you want. Apply to many and all that spark your interest. Also, internships are kind of like school in many ways. They involve lots of hard work and even some sacrifice. Just because you’re the intern doesn’t mean you can slack off. On the contrary, because you are the intern you must work harder to start developing your career.
In my internship, I do all kinds of jobs. I work directly at the Ambassador’s Office so I get to see what’s going on at all the other offices in the embassy. I make copies, distribute mail, organize the office, answer emails and calls, welcome visitors and learn about diplomatic protocol. I’ve also had the privilege to interact with diplomats, other embassies, other federal offices such as the State Department and even the White House. In other words, it’s hard work but the compensation is well worth it. At the end, remember you are just starting off and there is lots more to come for you and your career both in college and in the workforce.
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