Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900
U.S. Department of State
Spring 2011 Site ReviewPosition: Public Diplomacy Intern - Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome
Student: Anthropology Junior
The United States Department of State is one of the largest governmental organizations and is charged with furthering American foreign policy abroad. One mission in particular, the United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy (USUN Rome), is the entity that oversees agricultural foreign policy operations at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
A Public Diplomacy internship at USUN Rome is a rewarding experience. PD interns work directly with the USUN Rome Public Affairs Officer. In the morning and afternoon, the intern will scan current online news clips from a wide range of trusted news outlets that report on agriculture. Topics range from food price spikes, natural disasters affecting crops, and specific regional agriculture issues around the world. This group of articles referred to “Public Diplomacy Notes” is organized into an email that is sent to USUN Rome staff, the USUN Ambassador, and Washington DC correspondents.
The intern also helps the Public Affairs Officer coordinate ongoing programs for student outreach projects in Rome. With a growing online presence and Facebook fan base, the USUN Rome PD intern is responsible for updating social media outlets for the mission with relevant articles, photo albums, and status updates to engage the viewers. At the end of every week, interns will write a summary of all public diplomacy efforts from the USUN and the specific UN agencies into a newsletter sent to Washington D.C. Interns also write speeches for the Ambassador, photograph high profile events, and interact with the Italian media.