U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
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Hannah Scholze

Liberal Arts Majors: Global and International Studies, International Politics
Minor: Russian
Hometown: Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I am a remote intern in the Office of Europe in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRl/EUR). In my position, I have a lot of varying responsibilities: I have served as an editor on the Department’s yearly Human Rights Reports for Monaco, Luxembourg, North Cyprus, Romania, and Belarus, researched the conduct of specific human rights abusers and drafted summaries to better inform the legal bureau’s decision making, drafted briefs and memos for diplomatic meetings, and assisted in analyzing Interpol notices for potential political motivations. I also attend daily office meetings, where my office discusses ongoing initiatives.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has been very informative as to which academic skills will be the most useful in the workplace. I have learned how to write more concisely, which is necessary for drafting internal department documents. I also feel I have become a more efficient worker, as the majority of my deadlines at my internship are within 48 hours of being assigned. Finally, this internship has been extremely informative for what to prepare for after graduation. I understand the application and hiring process at the State Department much better now, and thus will be able to apply more effectively.

"I have been fortunate enough to have a Liberal Arts Mentor, Joe Dethomas, who worked at the State Department and was an invaluable resource in attaining my position."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship has solidified my interest in pursuing a career in the civil service, particularly in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. The type of work I have been doing in my position and the topics it focuses on align with both my academic and personal interests. I have had the opportunity to use my language studies and my major focus every day, and I would like to continue this kind of work after graduation.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has served as a gateway to many of my opportunities. I have been fortunate enough to have a Liberal Arts Mentor, Joe Dethomas, who worked at the State Department, and was an invaluable resource in attaining my position. Additionally, the College of the Liberal Arts was the resource that drew my attention to my favorite language experiences, such as STARTALK, FLAS and Middlebury. Without these experiences, I would never have learned about my passion for Russian, which is a core component of my work at the State Department.

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