One Internship, Many Exploits

Hello, readers of the world!

My name is Nina. Those of you who know me may know me as a dancer, a lover of wisdom, a girl from Montana, a rising college senior, an introvert, a global citizen, or an insufferable tour guide. Those of you who don’t know me— well, follow this blog! Those of you who work with me now know me as Nina The New Intern, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Yaounde.

Which brings me to what this blog is about, and why.

As you can see from the hyperlink, this blog is hosted by Dickinson College. Why? Because for the last three years, Dickinson has been hosting me as I complete my university shenanogins, everywhere from the home campus in Carlisle, PA to Israel, Cameroon, and France. Now, on the verge of my senior year, Dickinson has furnished me with yet another opportunity to get out in the world— a grant to pursue an internship I snagged with the U.S. Department of State.

After a year of research, rumination, literally hundreds of pages of applications and other documentation sent to Washington, and an agonizingly tough decision between internship offers from the Bureau of African Affairs and the Bureau of European Affairs, I am finally writing this post from the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon.

This is not my first time in Cameroon. This is, in fact, my grand retour  as a working adult. (When I say working, I mean doing unpaid labor, and when I say adult, well, I’m trying.) I’m writing this blog as as a weekly journal of my internship and beyond, so that those who are interested may either profit from my experience or be amused by my efforts– the two are not exclusive. So, if you want to hear about life in Central Africa, Public Affairs operations at a U.S. Embassy as seen from the perspective of this humble intern and, more importantly, pineapple, this is the place to do it.

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