Paige Spangler | Gabonese Embassy Intern
Paige Spangler, C'17, a secondary education in English and French double major, found a summer internship at the Embassy of Gabon in Washington, D.C., through the Mount in Washington internship program. She applied in order to utilize her French skills, and has been able to practice, not only with diplomats, but also with Ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo himself.
Q: What is a typical day like at the embassy?
A: Every day is so different. I typically call embassies, send emails, and do research. I am free to work on my projects and move onto my next task for the day as I please. The Embassy is pretty fast paced and I work with a lot of highly confidential information. The best part of my day is speaking French in the office with the diplomats. We make trips to Congress and are always busy preparing for Ambassador Moussa-Adamo’s upcoming events.
Q: Can you describe the project you are working on?
A: I am currently working on a social media outreach project. My fellow interns and I are develpping campaign ideas to present to the Ambassador and then execute one of these proposals on the Embassy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. I am also working on a major research paper about Gabon’s major green initiative, GabonVert.
Q: What has been your favorite part of this experience?
A: Interning in D.C. is a lot of fun. My favorite part is being able to work independently and being accountable for my work. Riding in the Embassy car is also pretty exciting. My experience so far in D.C. has been priceless, since there is so much to do and you are constantly meeting people.
Q: How will your internship impact your plans for the future?
A: This opportunity has definitely opened a lot of doors and created a more direct path to where I want to be in five or ten years. I hope to pursue a career in education and receive my master’s degree after completing my undergraduate degree, however, the Embassy has opened my eyes to the working world and future possibilities. My internship has encouraged me to be open-minded, and the skills I am learning could be applicable to any career path I choose. Working at an Embassy has also sparked my interest in international affairs and has both motivated and challenged me in a range of content areas.