INTPL student Michael McCabe, Jr, interned for the Department of State in the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar
Michael McCabe, Jr. spent part of this past summer as an intern for the Department of State in the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar, working in the Political, Economic, Public Affairs, and Consular division. Throughout his time at the embassy he was responsible for helping to further the United States’ foreign policy and diplomatic goals by writing reports to State Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on a wide range of issues. In the Public Affairs section he was involved in special projects including the creation of a social media strategy, reporting, and speech writing. Michael was also tasked with running community outreach programs including an International Student Sendoff Orientation and generating daily social media content and engagement efforts. Finally, he helped to provide visas to individuals wishing to travel to the United States and partnered with the Office of Military Cooperation and the Defense Attaché office.
Reflecting on his experiences, he would strongly recommend that anyone who is even slightly interested in getting real world experience consider working for the State Department. He found his courses on foreign relations especially helpful, and was able to see how the theories discussed in these classes were implemented on the ground. Michael has this to say about his experiences: “The State Department’s internship program, while competitive, provides experiences in hundreds of different fields. Whether you are interested in foreign policy, administration, or legislative affairs, to name only a few areas, there is an internship opportunity for you at the State Department. My experience would never have been possible without Penn State. Political Science 442, American Foreign Policy, sparked my interest in the field. Practice compiling research, writing reports, building cohesive arguments, and discussing current events in all of my political science classes greatly prepared me to be successful in the foreign affairs field specifically and in the real world in general.”
Michael McCabe, Jr. is a senior from West Chester, Pennsylvania majoring in International Politics, National Security Option, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Global Security.