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Sophia’s Corner

26 February 2013

What is it like to the work in an Embassy? Sophia, our intern in the Public Diplomacy Office at the U.S. Embassy in Athens gives you a glimpse in a new, bimonthly blog:

"From as long as I can remember, the American Embassy building at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue stood out for me; it's striking structure and the huge American flag situated by its side had a domineering presence and attracted your attention as, I suppose, it ought to. After interning at the Public Affairs section of the embassy for two weeks now, I realized that perhaps I had some preconceived ideas regarding the atmosphere I expected to find there. Certainly, I encounter daily the dedicated professionalism I anticipated but at the same time, I was pleasantly surprised at the genuinely warm and friendly environment I found myself in. Embassies are active, hustling places yet no matter how busy things get, the people working here are never too busy to greet you kindly when they see you, ask how you are getting a long and remind you not to hesitate and ask for assistance if you need it.

Although I am only at the beginning of my internship, I eagerly look forward to the various projects I will be involved with in the future, one of which speaks against Human Trafficking and the exploitation of women and children; a cause I am very passionate about. Exciting times are ahead and already I can't help but wonder how many interns around the world can say they received an email from both the former and present Secretary of State in their inbox earlier this week. Yes... you may correctly point out that all the employees in all of the U.S. embassies all around the globe received one just like it but ... that's just a minor detail!"

Sophia.

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