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Paris internship as a first step in diplomacy

Many students take time off from the studies to work in internships at international organizations, companies, diplomatic representations and other institutions in and around Paris. Thanks to the monthly system at Schiller International University, students can work as interns any time of the year. We recently sat down with Yago Feria Sanchez a fourth-year student in the Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy program at Schiller Paris who is beginning an internship this August. SIU: What are you doing for the next few months? YFS: I am currently interning for the Spanish Consulate General in Paris. SIU:Why did you apply for this internship? One of my biggest interests within the field of IR has always been diplomacy, and one of its most evident forms are countries’ Permanent Representations abroad. By this I mean Embassies, Consulates, Commercial Offices, Permanent Representations at International Institutions, etc. I still haven’t chosen what career path I want to follow after I graduate, but the option of being a Diplomat is one of the ones that thrills me the most. In my country, Spain, you need to pass a public exam to become a member of the Diplomatic Corps. It requires a huge amount of time and money invested, and nobody is guaranteed that they will pass it. Normally, young diplomats are first sent to Consulates to get some experience. They are changed from one country to another after a couple of years. If they prove themselves fit for the job, they then go into Embassies. Only a minority of highly-performing ones might, one day, be appointed as Ambassadors or Consuls after a 20 or 30 year career. Since Consulates are normally the starting point, I thought I could not consider this option seriously if I didn’t first experience the day-to-day routine of a Consulate from the inside. As you know, Consulates are much less flashier than Embassies. In short, they are in charge of helping citizens of its country who need help when they are abroad, as well as foreigners in need of visas or other types of documents. To put it another way, you can’t pretend to be a general if you have never fought in the trenches. SIU: What will be your duties? YFS: I am currently being trained at the Documentation Service, although I am expected to rotate to another Service in a week. At Documentation we are in charge of issuing Passports, Safe-Passages, Residency Certificates and Inscriptions into the Consular Census. It is a rather administrative position, but it requires a lot of discipline, organization and tons of patience! Also, one needs to be able know how to pace oneself, since the workload is always huge! SIU: How do you think your Bachelors in International Relations & Diplomacy at Schiller Paris helps you? YFS: One good thing I have learned during my 3 years at Schiller is to try and look at the world with a global perspective. We never go into too much depth, but we do get a good glimpse of differences across the world. This learning process does not only stop at the classroom, since the fact of having to spend time with people coming from different corners of the planet trains you to thrive in a multicultural environment, while you embrace differences and are aware of your own cultural specificities. SIU: What advice do you have for young people interested in getting an internship at an embassy? YFS: When speaking of jobs at Consulates or Embassies, most of the times you must go through a country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Office or its equivalent. I would say that the most straightforward way to get inside is to contact your country’s representation wherever you find yourself or to contact a foreign delegation’s representation if you are back in your home country. Your nationality there will be valued, and since most Schiller students are fluent in English and even one, two or even more other languages, you will always have an interesting profile for this type of institution. Also, remember to plan way in advance, since you must always keep within the application deadlines and there are always lots of other applicants for the same position. Thanks alot, Yago! And good luck!

Get to know the Paris campus

Located in a quiet corner of the 15th arrondissement (see star on map) and just minutes away from the UNESCO headquarters and the Montparnasse Tower, the Paris campus of Schiller International University offers students an ideal studious environment where they can prepare themselves for their future roles in academia, business, foreign affairs, humanitarian work and many more international career fields. Schiller Paris is embedded in a web of institutions – embassies, organizations, research bodies – that help make Paris the global hub of diplomacy. Multinational corporations headquartered in Paris, or in La Défense business district and elsewhere form the backdrop to a vibrant business and entrepreneurial scene. See for yourself! Go to our Paris campus webpage (http://paris.schiller.edu/siu-paris-campus/) and check out the map to see places of interest in Paris, partner institutions, research library resources, international organizations and other sites that comprise the Schiller Paris experience.

 

NATIONAL S’MORES DAY

What is a S’more? • Graham Crackers • Toasted Marshmallows • Chocolate A little bit about the S’more: S’more is the contraction of the phrase “some more”, which is not strange considering how tasty they are. The first S’more recipe can be found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows Company in the early 1920s, which also tells us that the treat had already been popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America for some time. Both groups have published the recipe in their campfire cookbooks. In 1968 the following recipe was provided: place a square of milk chocolate on a graham cracker, toast a marshmallow and put on top of the chocolate, then a second graham cracker on top of the toasted marshmallow and squeeze and you will want “s’more”. There are many variations on S’mores including versions made as Pop Tarts, pies and even cookies. S’mores can also be made in your kitchen….

**Tampa Bay Times Job & Career Fair**

Great News!!! We will be participating in this year’s Tampa Bay Times Job & Career Fair that will take place on September 19, 2016 at “THE COLISEUM” located in Downtown St. Petersburg. The fair is a chance to network with local and international companies that have a plethora of job opportunities. Don’t miss it, this is your chance to network with hundreds of individuals interested in hiring qualified candidates. You can find detailed information, along with a list of all participants, at the following link [Job Fair](http://www.tampabay.com/expos/job-fair/). See you there.