Named Internship Profile Summary - Amelia Raether (Rosenwald)
[MR. E. JOHN ROSENWALD JR. ’52 PUBLIC AFFAIRS FUND INTERN PROFILE] Originally from Minneapolis, Amelia Raether 13 graduated as valedictorian of 2009 from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, where she was a National Merit Commended Scholar, Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper and Captain of the Speech team. She is currently a rising senior working towards a Government major with a focus on International Relations, and a Middle Eastern Studies minor. Last fall, Amelia interned at the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, and she attended the Middle Eastern Studies FSPto Fez, Morocco during her sophomore spring. Here at Dartmouth, Amelia is the AssistantDirector of Dartmouth Ski Patrol and involved with the Off Campus Programs Student AdvisoryBoard, First Year Trips, The Dartmouth newspaper’s Layout staff, and Tridelta Sorority. Aftergraduation, she hopes to attend law school or graduate study in either international affairs orpublic policy to further a career working for the U.S. government in international issues. Thissummer, she is interning at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.Amelia was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a summer 2012 internship, with generoussupport from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. ’52 Public Affairs Internship Fund.Executive Summary from Amelia’s final report:This summer, I worked for the State Department in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy inNicosia, Cyprus. Each internship with the State Department varies greatly depending ongeographical location and office placement, and will have its own unique duties, challenges, and rewards. What I found most enjoyable about “The [Rockefeller Center] funding I received, my specific placement within the Consular along with the guidance regarding Section was that it gave me the closest governmental internships and skill-specific interaction with local Cypriots and thereby, the training offered, made this internship most immersive experience into the culture thatpossible and gave me the preparation needed I could have asked for within the Embassy. Each applicant that came for an interview in an to make the most of this experience.” attempt to come to the U.S. came from a
different background and had different reasons for applying, and each case was a story.Cyprus’s geographical location close to the Middle East also meant that we saw a significantnumber of applicants from Iran (whose lack of a local Embassy forces them to seek embassieselsewhere), Saudi Arabia, North Africa, and asylum-seekers from Syria and Lebanon. Many ofthese cases required ‘administrative processing’, a euphemism for further security review, and Ispent many hours drafting cables summarizing each applicant’s unique story for closecollaboration between the Embassy and other governmental agencies in D.C.Another positive experience with my internship is more widely an introduction into the cultureof the department. Foreign service officers develop very close relations among one another,strengthening the embassy community. As an intern, I felt greatly welcomed from the momentI arrived, and that attitude of inclusion permeates the whole Department. Americans abroadthrive off of one another, and experiencing that environment was very reassuring for if I seekout a permanent career in the Foreign Service. Finally, representing the U.S. governmentabroad gave me first-hand access to the very intricate political world of Cyprus. The North partof the island, under Turkish military occupation, is split from the Republic of Cyprus by a literalbuffer zone, a line extending all across the island within which time has been frozen since thecivil war in the 1970s. Having first-hand access to this modern day ethnic conflict was invaluableand as a government major, has given me a great case study for conflict resolution. All in all,this summer was a great learning experience, giving me first-hand experience into a possiblecareer, providing me with invaluable contacts for advice and learning about a modern-daygeopolitical conflict. Amelia Raether ‘13 works at her desk in the Consular Section of the American Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.