Azerbaijan: Unpaid internship in U.S. embassy

Carson Heideman Start Date: Jul 5, 2018 - End Date: Nov 1, 2018
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My Travel Story

by: Carson Heideman Start Date: Jul 5, 2018 - End Date: Nov 1, 2018
I am a rising Junior at American University in Washington, D.C. and have been accepted by the U.S. State Department for a 12 week unpaid internship in Baku, Azerbaijan. My course of study is international relations and the country of Azerbaijan is of great interest to me, and this internship has been a personal goal since I graduated high school.

I am a hardworking student who is dedicated to serving U.S. interests through the academic study of foreign nations. After working at the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice, I've learned that public service is a valuable tool for applying my academic studies to the real world.

I previously was awarded a State Department scholarship to study the Tajiki language and culture of Tajikistan, a country close to Azerbaijan. Building upon my language and cultural skills is important for my ambition to work as a U.S. diplomat, and this 40hr/wk internship will serve both as a learning opportunity and a period in which I can 'test-drive' a career as a U.S. diplomat.

The 12 week internship will require me to pay for airfare, food, and other living expenses, which I've estimated to total $3,500. While I have been reaching out to local companies and organizations, I will still need extra support. Any excess money will be spent on language tutoring and cultural immersion activities so that I can truly make the most of my time in Azerbaijan.
  • Azerbaijan