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US Department of State Internship
Washington, D.C.

At the Foreign Service Institute


On September 26th, 2001, because airports were still closed and my ticket was of no use,  I loaded my car with my computer and other essentials of life and headed to Washington, DC from Wisconsin to begin a three month internship at the US Department of State's Foreign Service Institute/National Foreign Affairs Training Center School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS).  At 10p.m., after a 17 hour drive, closed freeway exits landed me in the parking lot of the Pentagon where dump trucks were hauling away smoldering rubble from the September, 11th attack site.

On October 1st, I began work at The Foreign Service Institute (FSI)  where US diplomats are trained in language, culture, current events and much more before going on overseas missions.

Click here for details on my work at FSI

My internship was filled with interesting adventures from the start when I arrived at Main State not knowing what to expect and having to go through many layers of security just to reach the reception desk. 

Ben & me in the courtyard near my office at FSI


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