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Learning About Security and Defense in Paris


Experience Information

Employer: Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
Job Title: Intern
Major: International Relations
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: No

Description of the Organization

The FRS is an independent think tank based in Paris, France, focusing on security and defense issues.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

+Attended EU workshop on Hague Code of Conduct +Edited English reports and articles written by co-workers (I was the only native English speaker in the office) +Researched the security market: top 10 US security firms, the security market in terms of Trans-Atlantic relations +Began a research project on US-Russia bilateral relations and their effect on each state's behavior in international regimes

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

Strategic research Foreign affairs Diplomacy Hague Code of Conduct

Favorite Part of the Experience

I gained a more in-depth view of how foreign politics and diplomacy really work out. I was also able to network with EU officials and diplomats.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

Before I was hesitant about security and defense issues, but now I would like to pursue a graduate program in International Security and Non-Proliferation.

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