My name is Joshua Margrey and I'm a junior double majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Russian Language. I'm interning this semester at The Foreign Service Institute, which is a school that trains diplomats in the necessary skills that they will need to lead a successful career representing the United States overseas. Officially, the mission of FSI is to deliver world-class diplomatic training and provide the career long learning opportunities that U.S. government foreign affairs professionals need in order to excel in today’s global arena, advance U.S. foreign policy, and deliver on behalf of the American people.
While interning, I composed documents with information, guidelines, and instructions which to facilitate the transition of government employees who are travelling overseas. I also helped with the set up and conduction of certain classes and seminars for diplomats and their families as well as participated in weekly staff meetings. I have wanted to become a foreign service officer since high school and when I saw that the Foreign Service was accepting applications, I jumped on the opportunity.
My favorite part of the internship was the welcoming environment. Everyone there really wants you to succeed and is very encouraging. My supervisor also served as a mentor, sitting down with me to explain different aspects of FSI and its role within the greater State Department. My supervisor would also schedule meetings with diplomats in different spheres of the State Department every few weeks to expose all the interns to different aspects of government work. What I hope to gain from this experience is the knowledge, tools, and wisdom that I will need to become a successful FSO one day.