Tag Archives: China

Schwarzman Scholars Event in Washington, DC on June 20

Schwarzman Scholars is hosting an event for young professionals in Washington, DC on Monday, June 20. Robert Garris, Global Director of Admissions, will present on key details of Schwarzman Scholars, including the vision behind the program, the newly constructed, state-of-the-art facilities, the academic curriculum, and the admissions process. Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is […]

Schwarzman Scholarship Info Session 4/19 at 4:30pm, Library 201

The Schwarzman scholarship, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, and governance. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an […]

Yenching Academy Scholarship

Here’s another relatively new opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in China: http://yenchingacademy.org/  . Based at Peking University, the program is open to students of all citizenships, and does not require previous study of Mandarin. The online application opens on 9/1/2015; the deadline for submission of materials is 1/31/2016. If you are interested in applying for this […]

Schwarzman Info Session–Remote Access!

For those students and alumni interested in the Schwarzman Scholarship but not on campus for the info session on Thursday, April 23–we are trying out a videoconference option so that you can participate. To join in, here are the instructions: Please use Google Chrome. Please wear headphones during the call. Click link: https://simplicityvideo.net  Person or conference […]

Schwarzman Scholars–New! Information Session April 23

Join us for an information session about the new Schwarzman Scholars Program on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30-5:30pm in Library 201. A representative from the program will lead the session.  Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them […]

In Their Own Words: Hannah Postel ’13

“In Their Own Words” is an ongoing series featuring the experiences of Middlebury students at their summer internships. This summer Hannah Postel ‘13 interned as a Consular Intern at the U.S. Department of State in Chengdu, China.

What did you do?

Serving as the Consular Intern at the US Consulate General Chengdu provided me with a first-hand view of the US visa process; though the work was often mundane, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about American diplomacy overseas. I mainly assisted with the visa process through biometrics collection and security advisory opinion drafting. However, I also organized outreach events such as a pre-departure seminar for student visa recipients and assisted with American Citizen Services. Research included a study focusing on the overlap of economic & visa trends, a student validation study, and an Emerging Market Report for the USDA. I also took Chinese classes.

What did you learn?

I definitely learned more about the US visa process and the jobs of Foreign Service Officers in general. I was glad that I’m interested in immigration, because I extrapolated from my daily tasks to understand how what I was doing fit into the overall visa process and global immigration trends. The summer visa rush entails huge volumes of work for all staff members, and I was thus only able to work on more substantial projects beyond processing visas after demand died down. I would definitely recommend the experience to other Middlebury students, though due to the nature of the State Department application they would not be able to specifically request a specific section (Consular, Public Affairs, etc).

What are your plans for the future?

This experience has reinforced my interest in international immigration, and I am now considering serving as a Foreign Service Officer.  I hope that gaining such on the ground, day-to-day immigration experiences will make my applications for international migration-related jobs and graduate programs more competitive. I know I will be able to apply the knowledge I acquired in this internship both on campus and in my future life. At Middlebury I am involved with the organization JUNTOS Migrant Outreach, volunteering with Mexican dairy workers in the area, and I think my new knowledge about a different migrant community will enrich our work. Also, I plan on applying for the master’s program in Migration Studies at Oxford University, and I know that the experiences I have had during this internship will both help my application and augment my educational experience if I am admitted.

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