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Recruiter Series: U.S. Department of State Offers Internship and Career Advice



Photo credit: Haley Biermann ’19

Foreign Service Officer Jon Danilowicz spoke to Emmanuel Students about the U.S. Department of State internship and career opportunities as part of the Career Center Recruiter Series on Wednesday, October 3.

Danilowicz’s current title is “Diplomat in Residence for New England,” which he has held for the past two years.  He completed Georgetown University’s Foreign Service Program before joining the U.S. Department of State.

Danilowicz discussed the U.S. Department of State Internship Program, an eight to ten week experience that sends students above sophomore status to a multitude of embassies overseas, as well as U.S. offices.

Students can select a bureau based on individual interests, such as the Bureau of African Affairs, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Danilowicz offered the tip that some programs are significantly more popular than others.

“My main message to you when applying to a State Department Internship is to focus on a regional bureau,” Danilowicz said.

An internship is far from the single opportunity students can partake in to get their foot through the increasingly competitive State Department door. Students of all levels are encouraged to apply for study abroad programs such as the Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Award, and Gilman International Scholarship. These programs help students to develop their language skills and gain noncompetitive hiring eligibility when applying for a State Department position.

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Photo credit: Haley Biermann ’19

Students can also apply for several fellowship programs that require a five year service commitment upon graduation, including the Pickering Foreign Affairs and Rangel International Affairs graduate fellowship programs. Danilowicz strongly encouraged the Peace Corps as another path toward employment. He recommended that students gain experience in the workforce before applying to graduate programs.

“Realistically, if you’re interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer, you need a five to ten year plan,” Danilowicz said, “Follow the money.  What department will be hiring?”

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Haley Biermann ’19 is the Managing Editor of The Hub. She can be contacted at

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