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DC Semester Q and A

Ashley M Bartlett
Spring 2010

I'm glad that I went to DC so that I had the actual opportunity to test out a possible career choice. This semester reaffirmed both my love for DC and my choice in joining the Foreign Service.

Brief bio:

I graduated from UGA in May 2011 with degrees in International Affairs and History. In Fall 2011, I moved to Bologna, Italy to begin my Masters program in International Affairs and International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. In the summer of 2012, I interned with the State Department in Taipei, Taiwan at the American Institute in Taiwan. I then moved to Washington D.C. where I completed my SAIS Masters Degree in May 2013. In July 2013, I joined the Foreign Service and until July 2014, I will be in language and job training in Washington D.C. I will move to Hyderabad, India starting July 2014 until July 2016. After that, who knows where I will be posted next! 

Expected graduation:

May 2011

Degree objective:

AB in International Affairs, AB in History

Why I went:

Who doesn’t want to go to DC? I did it to specifically intern with the Department of State and see if I liked the job. I also thought it would be great to study and work in the Capital, all while having in-state tuition!

Favorite spot to visit:

Wherever Curbside Cupcake is at the moment - no, seriously, best cupcakes in DC.
But I also specifically love the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival in March/April. The National Mall itself is just really awesome.

Most memorable day:

The most memorable day I had during my internship was during the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony. I had the opportunity to meet (and chat!) with First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as shake hands with Secretary Clinton. Listening to the women’s stories of tremendous courage in the face of adversity was an inspiring moment in and of itself.

Why I'm glad I went:

I’m glad that I went to DC so that I had the actual opportunity to test out a possible career choice. This semester reaffirmed both my love for DC and my choice in joining the Foreign Service.

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of State

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