Internship Spotlight: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Current Tufts student Jack Steen shared the following about being a Summer Intern at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security…

What did you do as an intern at this organization?

  • Performed undercover research assignments to track subjects, associates, and family members
  • Utilized several classified databases to discover potential leads and evidence in order to aid criminal investigations
  •  Assisted with the writing of a Prosecution Summary which was accepted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney for criminal proceedings
  • Trained to use the Service’s equipment: DLSR cameras, standard-issue firearms, LiveScan fingerprinting, duty agent procedures
  • Managed several office-wide projects, including the reorganization of all office case files and tactical lockers
  • Gained an invaluable perspective on American diplomacy through firsthand discussions and experiences with agents

How did you find this internship?
I found it on the State Department website

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
I most enjoyed learning about the intricacies of the US State Department through a variety of meetings, briefings, and conversations with the Special Agents in the office. Because of this experience, I now have a deep, deep understanding of how the State Department operates.

What did you find challenging?
I found it challenging to find the self-confidence to submit the documents I created to the Special Agents I worked with. I have such respect for them and their capabilities, and, at times, I was worried that the work I created would not be up to their standards. Luckily, however, this fear has not ever materialized!

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
Put yourself out there! Ask every question you have to whoever you think would provide a good answer. Invite coworkers to coffee or lunch and learn about their views on the agency. Ask, ask, ask! Some of the most useful information I received was from off-the-cuff conversations with those in the office, and that wouldn’t of happened if I was always silent.

About the Organization

Department of Sate, Bureau of Diplomatic Security 

Diplomatic Security is the federal law enforcement and security bureau of the U.S. Department of State. Tasked with securing diplomacy and protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents, the Diplomatic Security Service has the largest global reach of any U.S. federal law enforcement agency, with offices in 29 U.S. cities and in more than 270 locations around the world.

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director