International Opportunities with Applied Diplomacy

Irene Pritzker (right) welcoming us to her Australia Day party at her residence

One of my highlights this year was my internship at the Australian Consulate-General of Chicago. This was my first internship ever, and I was their very first intern ever! It was an incredible opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of diplomacy and international relations. I got to work alongside seasoned professionals in economic and public diplomacy. I worked on a variety of projects such as conducting research, drafting reports and briefings, and organizing/attending diplomatic events. I even had the chance to meet some pretty world-famous and influential people! 

Me with William Barton, a world-renowned Aboriginal Australian Didgeridoo player, and an esteemed composer, instrumentalist, and vocalist

Additionally, I feel so blessed to have received a very generous scholarship from The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy at DePaul for the internship. Their support made it possible for me to gain valuable experience in such a prestigious and incredible environment. I am grateful beyond words for this opportunity and for the invaluable lessons I learned during my time at the Consulate. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget. 

Australian Consulate team selfie at my farewell dinner

The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy has been a huge influence in my trajectory at DePaul. From the moment I learned about their Applied Diplomacy program, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Not only did the program offer the exact courses I was interested in, but the community they foster is truly special. During my time in the program, I’ve had some of the best conversations, made great friends, and connected with incredible faculty who have been a source of guidance and inspiration for me. They also host a bunch of fun and informative panels and events, one being the Mocktail Party. It was like a cocktail party, but non-alcoholic! The event was so fun and was actually designed to help us learn how to navigate diplomatic settings. I really love and appreciate that the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy goes beyond traditional classroom learning and provides practical experiences to help us prepare for our future careers.

The Grace School of Diplomacy’s Autumn Mocktail Garden Party

~ Isabella

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