Eddy Santana, Class of 2016
My name is Eddy Santana and I majored in German Studies and International Relations at Tufts University. At Tufts, I worked as a Diversity Recruitment Intern in their Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After receiving my degree in 2013, I went back to my hometown of Chicago and taught Pre-Kindergarten. I chose the MAGES program because it blended my interest for the Foreign Service and my passion for Europe perfectly.
I was fortunate enough to receive the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship in 2014. As a result, I spent last summer interning with the Department of State here in Washington, D.C. and will spend next summer interning with the Department of State in an embassy overseas. I will begin my career as a Consular Officer shortly after graduation.
Summer 2015 Internship: U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
This summer I interned in the Office of Southern European Affairs at the Department of State. As a Pickering Fellow, this was the first of two internships that I have to do in order to prepare myself to join the Foreign Service. This internship expanded my knowledge of Europe, as I participated in handling U.S. foreign policy pertaining to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus.
My day-to-day responsibilities included summarizing reports and digesting large amounts of information for the officers. I was also able to work on a long-term research project during my internship, which I presented to my colleagues in a working-lunch setting. In addition, I attended many events at think-tanks around Washington D.C. and wrote summaries of these events to provide my colleagues with well-rounded perspectives on policy issues.
One of the most rewarding parts of the internship was bonding with the other Pickering Fellows. Every week the fellows participated in professional development activities and even had the opportunity to visit the White House on one occasion to learn about how it interacts with the Department of State. Overall, the Pickering Fellowship provided us with an incredible opportunity to advance our careers and learn more about policymaking in the federal government with a diverse fellowship cohort.