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Yuliya Bila
Spring 2014

I believe Einstein's assertion that "Learning is experience, everything else is just information." There was no better way for me to put to use all of the information I had acquired over the course of my education than by diving into the heart of U.S. foreign policy-making at the State Department.

Brief bio:

Born and raised overseas, I am interested in all things international including, but not limited to: traveling, learning languages, studying economic development, following Ukrainian politics, and trying to understand how best to improve U.S.-Russian relations.

Expected graduation:

May 2014

Degree objective:

International Affairs, Russian, Spanish

Why I went:

DC is the center of the world for someone interested in American Foreign Policy. This was my second internship in the city and I plan to move there for work after graduation.

Favorite spot to visit:

Teddy Roosevelt Island—I love the serenity of such a lush, green space in the middle of a bustling city.

Most memorable day:

Near the end of my internship, I was put in charge of organizing a ceremony for Secretary Kerry’s swearing-in of a new U.S. ambassador. After several weeks of intensive logistical work, seeing the ceremony and reception come to life was very rewarding. The cherry on top was receiving a shout-out from the new ambassador, thanking me for supporting him in his transition to the Foreign Service.

Why I'm glad I went:

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of State

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