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Rachel Elliott, ’16

Rachel Elliott (TUR Fall 2016) is living proof that you can study at Temple Rome and return again to work or intern.  Rachel is currently a Public Affairs Intern at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, a three month assignment that has her doing everything from developing presentations on Public Affairs to drafting the Embassy’s primary news product and serving as the Embassy’s social media manager, creating content for all of the Embassy’s digital and social media platforms. And she is able to do this while still getting academic credit at Temple: 3 credits in her major (English), 7 non-major credits and she’s completing a general education course online. “As a senior, I didn’t think it would be possible to take advantage of this opportunity, but I’m so glad I was able to make it work. The internship has been an amazing learning experience and has given me a taste of what a potential career in the Foreign Service is like.”

After studying and interning at Temple Rome in the Fall of 2016, Rachel was looking for any way to get back to Rome.  In January, Temple Rome posted an announcement for an internship at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, and Rachel applied right away and got it.  Internships with any of the U.S. Embassy missions here in Rome — the U.S. Embassy to Italy, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican), and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Rome  —  last for 10-12 weeks and can be done in the summer, fall or spring.  Competition is very stiff for these internships, but Rachel thinks that having lived in Rome while studying at TUR, and especially having already interned in Rome gave her a leg up on the peers.  “I am so glad I have been able to intern not once, but twice in Rome, at two very different but equally fascinating organizations. Having interned and studied in Rome previously definitely set me apart from other applicants because I already understood what it was like to work and live abroad. For anyone considering returning to Rome after they study here, I would say do it!”

Deadlines are VERY early — please have a look at  https://va.usembassy.gov/embassy/internships/ for more information about the program, eligibility and application deadlines.


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