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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Church and State

December 5, 2008


About a month ago I applied for a Summer internship at the State Department. In the process you get to choose which bureau/location you would like to work in. Seeing as how my language of proficiency at school is Spanish, I chose the bureau that would give me an opportunity to work in Central or South America.


As an added interest, I mentioned the European Bureau, particularly the US Embassy to the Holy See. What better way to be of use to both my country and my faith? Truth be told, the more I look into it, the more Ambassador to the Holy See is a job I secretly covet. Of course, absent the access to money typically needed to deliver votes to a presidential candidate - or being the Catholic mayor or governor of a significant city or state, respectively, this will likely remain one of those pipe dreams. But it's nice one.


Today I received an e-mail saying that the US Mission to the Holy See was eager to have me. (I'm guessing not many people actively seek them out and they'd be grateful for a free intern.) My background investigation is underway and might take some time but if the cookie crumbles the way we'd like, I'll be in Italy longer than originally planned working for a branch of the State Department that deals with a truly international entity. Stay tuned for more.




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