Each year, one or two Tufts University students are selected to guide their classmates through the process of thinking about and applying for U.S. Government internships and jobs.  To apply for this position of Federal Service Student Ambassador, the students must first have held a summer internship with the government.  This year, two second-year Fletcher MALD students, Amy Patanasinth and David Wallsh, were selected.  Here, Amy and David describe their yearlong role as 2010-2011 Federal Service Student Ambassadors.

Fletcher students are incredibly lucky to have a fantastic Office of Career Services as a resource.  While working with OCS, Fletcher students can also draw on us — the University’s two Federal Service Student Ambassadors.  We have been selected by The Partnership for Public Service, which aims to revitalize the U.S. government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.  Fletcher and other units of Tufts both attract students and produce graduates that are exactly what the federal government needs.  We help these students find and apply for internships and jobs with the government by holding workshops and advising students on an individual basis.

At Tufts, the Federal Service Student Ambassadors also work closely with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.  The Tisch College is a fantastic resource for all Tufts students.  It is a unique university-wide program that sets the standard in the U.S. with programming and research designed to promote higher education’s role in civic engagement.  We have also established relationships with various academic departments, including the political science department, which have advertised relevant opportunities to interested students.  Lastly, we have aimed to raise awareness in Tufts’s many other graduate schools about federal service opportunities in diverse fields, such as engineering, public health, urban and environmental planning, and many more!

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