Clements Center
Clements Center

Clements summer policy intern
Jacqueline Homann in Washington, D.C.

Aug 11, 2014

"This summer I had the opportunity to intern for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Working within the Public Diplomacy Office I was involved mainly with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a presidential initiative that aims to promote cooperation and solidarity among youth living in the ten ASEAN countries.

As part of my responsibilities I helped manage a grant competition for community projects and had the opportunity to interact with ASEAN youth on a daily basis via social media. One of the highlights of the internship was working at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (4-6 August), which saw the participation of nearly 50 heads of state along with a small army of State Department employees, volunteers, and security personnel. A challenging part of the job was learning to go slow. Even when a task seemed really urgent we still have to act on consensus or make sure all clearances were in."

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