Named Internship Profile Summary - Kenji McCulley (French)
[FRENCH PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Kenji McCulley ’12 is from New York, NY and attended the United Nations International School. In high school, he was the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, the vice-president of the wind ensemble, and vice-president of the school chapter of Amnesty International. At Dartmouth, McCulley is pursuing a major in History, with a concentration on religion and nationalism in Asia, and minors in Japanese and International Studies. His activities on campus include writer and past co-editor for the sports and arts sections of The Dartmouth and trumpet player for the Dartmouth Wind Symphony. During his sophomore winter, he was a Tucker Fellow, spending three months volunteering at Agent Orange victim centers in Da Nang, Vietnam. McCulley will spend his junior summer as an intern at the economic sector ofthe United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. He plans to pursue a career in the United StatesForeign Service or in journalism.Kenji was funded by The Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2011 Internship, with generoussupport from the John French 1930 Memorial Fund.Executive Summary from Kenji’s final report:I worked at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, which is the headquarters of the US State Department inJapan. Together with several consulates located throughout the country, the embassy providesassistance to U.S. nationals and processes visa applications for foreign nationals planning ontraveling to the U.S. In addition to these services, the embassy also reports on Japan to the State Department headquarters in Washington DC. I “I wrote an op-ed for worked on the reporting side of the embassy, specifically Ambassador Roos encouraging in the Trade and Economic Policy Unit (TEPU) of the young Japanese students to Economic section (ECON). The focus of my work in TEPU study abroad in America. The was researching trade and economic topics and reporting finished piece was published in on them. This included writing daily updates on economic a Japanese business magazine.” issues for the Daily Activity Report (DAR) sent to
Washington, researching to write cables sent to US embassies throughout the world, andwriting memorandums of meetings with Japanese government officials. In addition, I providedassistance to ECON officers, translating government documents and serving as an interpreterfor meetings, as needed. The first week I arrived, I was assigned to write an op-ed forAmbassador Roos encouraging young Japanese students to study abroad in America. Thefinished piece was published in a Japanese business magazine. My internship was a perfect match for my academic and professional pursuits. As ahistory major and Japanese minor, researching Japan’s economy was an extension of mystudies at Dartmouth. The research skills I picked up while working at the embassy will be veryuseful in my history studies. Working in Japan and learning about Japanese government andbusiness culture will serve as a great supplement to my Japanese studies. Professionally, I aminterested in pursuing a career in the State Department for which my internship is obviouslygreat experience. I am also interested in working as a foreign correspondent for a news agency.Reporting on current economic issues and having to meet deadlines for cables to be sent toWashington is great experience for such a career. Additionally, learning how to make andmaintain contacts is also a skill that a foreign correspondent needs. Kenji McCulley at his U.S. Embassy internship in Tokyo, Japan.