State Dept. Internship Offers Student Global View

In a few weeks, UT Arlington senior Christal Ann Simanski will head for Rome, the Vatican and an up-close look at global affairs.

The political science and philosophy double-major begins next month a 10-week internship for the U.S. State Department, moving to Rome, Italy, to work at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. She said her work would include researching and writing reports on human rights issues, organizing itineraries for visiting officials and assisting the embassy staff.

“I want to go into this internship with what I’ve learned in the classroom and see how theories are applied in reality,” Simanski said. “The embassy directs and executes foreign policy. It will be great to have a firsthand experience to see how that is handled.”

Simanski applied for the internship last summer while researching opportunities to study international affairs. She said she received unofficial word last fall and confirmation right after Christmas.

After graduation this May, Simanski plans to pursue a graduate degree in an international affairs program only offered by a few universities in the U.S., including Texas A&M, University of California-San Diego and Tufts.

For now, though, her focus is on her upcoming internship and the knowledge and experience she is sure to gain.

“I’ve never been to Europe. I’m excited to visit this part of the world,” she said. “I want to know more about global affairs. There’s only so much you can read from a book.”

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[Written by James Dunning, COLA Communications]

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