Aggies Commit

Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2019

As a 1st year master’s student, I have had multiple amazing opportunities that could be considered high-impact learning experiences. I am a part of the class of 2020 at the Bush School of Government and Public Service a two-year program that upon graduation I will receive my Masters’ in International Affairs. Because of my program only being two years, taking a semester off to intern was a decision that I did not make lightly. However, I thought the experience I would have interning in Paris at the Commercial Service was too great to pass up.

During my time at this internship, at Texas A&M University, and the Bush School I decided to commit to taking the initiative to further my network and not waiting for a chance meeting. I accomplished this at my internship by requesting meetings with different U.S. departments to discover the various positions I could apply to after graduation. Doing this revealed many opportunities to network as long as I continued to reach out and keep them updated throughout my internship. I have some people that canceled meetings and not reschedule, but for the most part, I have been successful in reaching out to those whose careers or positions at the embassy interest me. When I start classes again at the Bush School, I hope to keep in contact with those who gave me their business cards in the hope they can extend an opportunity for me to capitalize on. All the employees I spoke to seemed eager to inspire the next generation of public servants. My advice to future interns is not to be afraid to reach out to the other departments if that is a career path they want to follow after graduation. The worst thing they can tell you us not or they are too busy. You cannot lose anything by asking, but you can miss a fantastic opportunity if you do not take the initiative to reach out.

Haley Wilburn
U.S. Commercial Service
Paris, France | spring 2019