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Student Spotlight - Ben Olson

Ben Olson

I held a four month internship with the Public Affairs Office of the US Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. This job consisted of a broad range of duties from writing speeches for the Consul General and the Public Affairs Officer, e-mails, phone calls, and helping to plan diplomatic programs. However, out in the field, I provided key support for Public Affairs sponsored programs, such as: being the photographer or the social media specialist on the scene. Furthermore, I became a key asset for the MeetUS Program and the UnderstandinG program. As an American working for the Public Affairs office, I was tasked with putting together presentations via PowerPoint and presenting in front of German schools for MeetUS. Topics consisted of: daily life in the US, Politics, Culture and Society, History, etc.

During my time there, I met and worked with numerous high-level officials in the US government including Consul General Milas and US Ambassador Emerson. Furthermore, I did not just play in the supporting role for key diplomatic programs; I was given permission to create my own. With the partnership of German and American schools, I put together a German version of the "Let's Move" initiative based on Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign here in the United States. You can now find the end-product on the US Consulate Frankfurt Homepage. It was an experience that I will never forget.