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One of my dreams was to get paid to learn a language. I feel so blessed because my dream became a reality. Last summer (2019), I received my first assignment: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After Flag Day (Flag day is when Foreign Service Officers find out where their first post will be), I went through […]

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Right now, I am supposed to be at post. Due to the pandemic, I am still the United States. When the Coronavirus made its way to the East Coast, I was still in language training. I am still taking language classes. Since I passed my language exam, I was put in maintenance classes to maintain […]

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It’s so funny how something that didn’t exist months ago suddenly affects every aspect of your life. I remember when the whispers of Co-vid 19 became louder and louder. It was March and I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and stressed, if I were to be honest. I was getting ready for my Portuguese exam, trying to coordinate logistics for […]

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I remember thinking it was impossible to work for the federal government. Now that I am on the other side, I want to help others. I created this guide because I want to see you win too. While this is not a comprehensive list, the information below could serve as a starting point to help […]

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For more info about the Foreign Service, visit the State Department’s career website.  What Is The Foreign Service? The U.S. Foreign Service is made up of 13,000 people who are dedicated to representing American citizens and the United States government around the world.  Diplomat, Ambassador, Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Service Specialist. There are a lot of […]

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My experience as a Rangel Fellow was a dream. Seriously. I was awarded the 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship a week after the 2016 presidential election. I interviewed at the State Department on a Thursday. Right when I was about to log out of my work computer on Friday of that same […]

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Below is my story of how I landed in the International Affairs Career Field. My story will not look like yours and that is okay. Each path is different. If you want practical tips to pursue a career in international affairs, please check out How to Work in the International Career Field. First off, I […]

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I confirmed my tentative date for A-100.  Oh. My. Goodness. Things. Just. Got. Real. Seriously. A-100 is the orientation for new Foreign Service Officers (FSO). From what I understand, you are basically on-boarded. You receive a ton of information about the State Department and being an FSO. And…you get the coveted bid list. The bid […]

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If you are looking into graduate school and are considering a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, please consider the following fellowships. The Rangel, Pickering, and Payne fellowships are programs that aims to “attract outstanding young people” for careers in the Foreign Service. Rangel and Pickering fellows enter the Foreign Service through the U.S. State […]

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The last time I wrote an actual blog post…seems like forever ago. If you’re new to this space, welcome! Glad that you are here. Get comfortable, relax…pull up a chair. I first started this corner on the internet, back in 2013, during my senior year of college. I was running a 10k and I wanted […]

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