Reyada Atanasio ’17
Reyada Atanasio ’17 “was born in Sudan during the Second Sudanese Civil War” and resettled in the United States with her family under refugee status. “Having been born in a nation that has continually dominated the headlines of international news, it is only natural that I have become passionate about social, political, and cultural issues.” She explored these issues at the federal executive level in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Affairs, working on tasks involving public affairs, planning, and congressional outreach.
“As an intern, my responsibilities included assisting with the development and clearance process of press guidance and other department communique,” creating marketing materials for the bureau’s social media channels and website, “carrying out individual research projects, attending meetings, and representing the Bureau at events in the Washington area.” When not in the office, “I attended events where I had the opportunity to hear senior officials—including Secretary of State John Kerry, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power—speak.” These events showed Reyada “the variety of diplomatic roles…available to young adults like myself who are interested in a career in foreign policy.”
Reyada’s internship has proven her interest in a career in foreign affairs and even helped her explore more specific areas. “Since my internship, I have been heavily considering a career in the Foreign Service….I am also passionate about international affairs—more specifically issues pertaining to global development and international peace and security—and am looking for opportunities to work with Washington, D.C.’s many think tanks.”