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DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOREIGN SERVICE RECRUITMENT TRAILER

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Ambassador Kinney: One of the things that I think is so amazing about the Foreign Service is that it attracts people who are active and proactive and who want to make a difference. 

Ana: Before joining the Foreign Service I was the director of communications for Liz Claiborne. After September 11, I saw a letter from Colin Powell asking people to consider the foreign service so I decided to look into it. 

Regine: The Foreign Service is not just a job and it’s not just a career, it’s a lifestyle. Your entire life changes.

Curtis: My first assignment was in Indonesia. 

Marjorie Christian: I’m a first tour officer, Haiti is my first post. 

Paco: I got sent to Matamoros, Mexico.

Mary Beth: I wanted to go somewhere where I knew that I would be able to roll up my sleeves and get a lot of work done and where you could have some serious impact.

Paco: The State Department mission statement, it’s pretty neat. It says the State Department’s objectives are to promote democracy, prosperity, and security, not just in places where we have American interests, but in the entire world. 

Regine: it is truly my dream job.

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Ambassador White:  What do you think? Is this exciting?

Regine Rene-Labrousse: Yes this is amazing! We’re out in the field, we’re not just writing papers, we’re in there!

Ambassador White: Exactly 


DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOREIGN SERVICE RECRUITMENT FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION

Changing the World: Joining the Foreign Service

Text: Careers Representing America

Text: A U.S. Department of State Film

Images: Foreign Service Officers talking to camera, pictures of State Department building in Washington, DC and the State Department logo.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton: Foreign service officers are the faces of America abroad, they are a diverse group of men and women from across the United States who travel to every corner of the globe to promote America’s values, interests and security. As we know all too well, America’s diplomats sometimes work in dangerous circumstances, but they accept these risks in the service of our country and our values, because they know the United States must continue to be a force for peace and progress in the world.

Text: Bangkok, Thailand

Images: Ambassador Kenney being interviewed by press, and visiting a visiting a media station during a news taping.

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney: You know, a day in the life of an ambassador is hard to tell you because there are 200 of us around the world and it might be very different depending on the country you’re in, the issues and focus at the moment.

Ambassador Kennedy: Oh so you wear jeans on the bottom?

Images: Ambassador Kenney convening meetings at the US Embassy and riding in the car.

Ambassador Kennedy: Last year Thailand suffered devastating floods. Our embassy team got together very quickly and said “what do we need to do?” “How do we need to help the government of Thailand and the people of Thailand, and how do we need to protect our embassy staff?”

Images: Ambassador Kenney reading her blackberry in a car.

Ambassador Kennedy: You look like Andy Murray’s mom…

(laughter)

Off camera voice: Who is Andy Murray?

Text: Aaron Jackson, Political Officer, Haiti

Images: Aaron riding in the front seat of a car.

Foreign Service Officer, Aaron Jackson: We just got our new ambassador, she got in last week. She’s hit the ground running.

Images: images of a housing site in Haiti.

Text: Caracol Eka, USAID Housing

Text: Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Images: Ambassador walking with Regine at a housing development site in Haiti with Haitians and builders on the site.

Text: Ambassador Pamela A. White, Ambassador to Haiti.

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela A. White: I’ve just been in the country for one week. I don’t like staying in the office, I’m going to get out of the office as much as I can and actually see if what the United States government is doing is actually making a difference…

And you’ll do this whole thing…750 houses in seven months?

Off camera voice: Yep.

Ambassador White: Some of the things we’re doing here and the Haitians are doing here are this short of a miracle.

Ambassador White: What do you think? Is this exciting?

Images: Regine and Ambassador White walking next to each other with hard hats on at development site.

Text: Regine Rene-Labrousse; Cultural Affairs Officer.

Foreign Service Officer, Regine Rene-Labrousse: Yes this is amazing! We’re out in the field, we’re not just writing papers, we’re in there!

Ambassador White: Exactly. Make sure they see you. There you go. Right on her, she’s the first tour officer.

Images: Regine in backseat of a car and then at a cultural affairs event with students posing just before a picture is going to be taken.

Regine: After the earthquake, the January 12 earthquake, I immediately applied and thank God I got it. Because it is truly my dream job, this is why I joined the foreign service. Pretty much I bring together Haitians and Americans, whether it’s through educational programs, cultural programs, professional development…Haiti is very important to the US Government right now during this reconstruction phase. So we’re pushed and pushed to get outside of our big Embassy walls.

Regine: This one is going on the Embassy’s website, say cheese! (Cheese!)

Images: Image of someone rolling a suitcase, Mary Beth talking, sitting at her desk, walking in a hallway and outside the White House.

Foreign Service Officer, Mary Beth Goodman: Single most important thing that I put in my go bag are the instant packets, the single individual instant packets of Starbucks coffee, because there is nothing worse than getting Nescafe served to you when you need that caffeine jolt.

Mary Beth: My name is Mary Beth Goodman, I’m a foreign service officer currently serving at the White House as part of the National Security Council. It’s very intimidating, as you can well imagine, going into the Oval Office and having that be when you’re on. There’s nothing like going into a meeting representing the United States and having the backing of the United States government you know as you’re sitting there trying to negotiate or discuss issues.

Text: White House, Washington, DC.

Image: Front of the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC.

Text: U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC.

Images: State Department Operations Center desks, room and Paco at his desk.

Text: Paco Perez, Operations Watch Officer

Images: Paco sitting and talking at his desk. Images of a digital clock with different times around the world showing.

Foreign Service Officer Paco Perez: Right now we’re in one of the task force rooms at the Operation Center. At the Operation Center there are forty different watch officers. We respond to crises immediately, like a earthquake or a bomb threat or a political coup. At the same time what we’re constantly doing is connecting senior leadership of the State Department with other world leaders.

Image: a picture of a man working at a desk in 1961at the start of the Operations Center.

Paco: In 1961, when then-president Kennedy was dealing with the Bay of Pigs crisis, he realized that he needed somebody with around the clock monitoring of the current situation and a gentleman came up to the operations center, set up a bunk bed and began monitoring it 24/7 and since then it’s been continuously running.

Image: picture of a light that is blue above a door.

Paco: The craziest thing about the office is that we always have to be there, right, and so if someone were to go to the bathroom, they have to announce it. So when you stand up you say, “I’m going blue,” and you have to flip that blue light on. So that blue light right now means someone is in the restroom.

Text: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Images: Ana walking at US Embassy about to go down stairs, and transitioning to Ana speaking outside in a park in Buenos Aires and to Ana visiting a university with students seated in a classroom.

Text: Ana Duque-Higgins; Press Officer, Argentina

Foreign Service Officer, Ana Duque-Higgins: I’m a press officer here at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am responsible for speaking to the press, I’m the spokesperson for the Embassy. I am here to communicate messaging about what the United States does here in Argentina and around the world.

Image: Alexis seated at front of classroom with students.

Text: Alexis Ludwig; Political Counselor

Image: university class room with students seated.

Ana: Today we have our political counselor here, he’s going to talk to this group of students and professors from the university detail about the elections that are coming up in the U.S. Getting officers out of the embassy and into the universities and talking to people is really one of my favorite parts.

Image: UN Headquarters building.

Text: UN Headquarters; New York City

Text: Curtis Ried, Political Advisor, USUN.

Images: UN headequarters building with flags blowing.

Images: Curtis standing with window in back and image of UN Piece Cleaners store and image of UN meeting.

Foreign Service Officer, Curtis Ried: I am one of the political advisors here at the U.S. mission. I cover mostly countries that have been affected by the Arab Springs, so I’ve worked on Libya and Syria, I’ve been here for about two years now. Overseas you know you are focusing on one culture, one government, and the big difference in New York is that you’re dealing with 193 member states and all the different cultural issues that come up there, different ways of working. And also, we work in a very intense environment on the security council, so sometimes those cultural differences come through.

Images: Ana talking to camera in a park in Buenos Aires.

Ana: Before joining the Foreign Service I was the director of communications for Liz Claiborne. After September 11, I was reading the paper in New York City sitting in a café and saw a letter from Colin Powell asking people to consider the foreign service so I decided to look into it. Studying for the written test was kind of a hard thing to do because you don’t really know what to study so I read a short history of our world, I studied geography for a little bit, and then I just kind of went in cold and took the test.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk.

Paco: When I was finishing college I was finally able to take the test I sat down. I gave it my best effort and I didn’t pass.

Images: Benjamin Franklin statue and Curtis talking to camera standing, window behind him.

Curtis: I thought I was just going to take it as a practice test to see if I could maybe get in at some point in the future. I ended up passing, took the oral exam a few months later and passed that as well.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk.

Paco: I knew I wanted to join the Foreign Service and took the test again. Didn’t pass that time either.

Images: Ambassador Kenney talking to camera from desk.

Ambassador Kenney: And I was totally shocked when they called and said you passed the exam.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk.

Paco: If you don’t pass it the first time, don’t feel bad. It took me three tries.

Images: Ambassador Kenney talking to camera, seated.

Ambassador Kenney: The people in the room are looking at thinking “is this someone we can work with?” Not “is this a know-it-all, is she pompous, is she so full of herself.”

Images: driving by city and neighborhoods in Haiti, Regine talking in a car and images of city Port-Au-Prince, Haiti as driving from a car.

Regine: Because you go in with a certain expectations, etc., and then you get in and it’s like, oh, ok, it wasn’t that bad. And then you realize, this is for real. You know, my life is about to change. Because the Foreign Service is not just a job and it’s not just a career, it’s a lifestyle. Your entire life changes.

Images: Shots of the Foreign Service Institute campus and students walking outside on the campus.

Foreign Service Institute Voice Over: So, for all of the successful foreign service applicants, we all attend the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia for about 18 months. And there you learn anything you can possibly imagine you would need to know to be a member of the State Department. You learn career development, country and region specific studies, and there’s even an on site fake jail for us to test out those real life situations.

Off Camera voice: Oh my gosh!

Images: Fake jail where classes are held and a visa simulation booth. Showing the bars and the bed where role play will take place.

Foreign Service Officer Wayne Oshima: Probably most of our people who come in as Foreign Service officers have not been in a jail before, hopefully. So one will play the American in distress, someone will play the consular officer visiting from the post. Another person may play a foreign official.

Wayne: This is a visa simulation training room to give our students a real life experience as they prepare to go off into consulates overseas.

Images: Marjorie talking to camera, with views of Port-au-Prince, Haiti in background. Foreign Service Officer Marjorie Christian: I’m a first tour officer, Haiti is my first post. I’ve done roughly 10,000 interviews. I’ve seen it all. You start to become a human lie detector.

Images: Foreign Service Institute and students in class working together and Curtis to camera at window sill.

Curtis: I think the language instruction at the State Department is probably one of the best kept secrets. My first assignment was in Indonesia and I got assigned to learn Indonesian for a year. And I left after 11 months being able to speak Indonesian well enough to have a meeting, make friends, so I think that that fear is one that the State Department really helps you overcome.

Image: Ambassador Kenney sitting talking straight to camera.

Ambassador Kenney: Since I’ve been in the Foreign Service I’ve learned Spanish, I’ve learned French, and I’m now studying Thai.

Ambassador Kennedy: (Thai) Text: I would like to invite everyone to my house today.

Text: Worldwide Service.

Image: images from a plane looking out, a map of the world and Aaron in front seat of a car.

Images of officers before their assignments sitting in a room.

Aaron: The requirement of the Foreign Service is that you be worldwide available. And so what’s going through your head is if I get sent to the one place I don’t want to go, am I comfortable being there. So you just get kind of humbled and quiet. Waiting. We have what are called career development officers. They are your kind of Foreign Service guidance counselors, more or less. They huddle together once everyone has submitted their preferences, and they just kind of hash it out. And then in a big ceremony towards the end of the orientation, everybody comes in, sits you down, and they give you your assignments. So you have no idea where you’re going, you’ve submitted your preferences, and it’s kind of a, you’re walking on eggshells until you figure out what happens. It is called Flag Day.

Images: views of Buenos Aires, Argentina the city and Ana talking to camera standing in a park.

Ana: Initially I was a little bit bummed out because it was Mexico City and Mexico City felt so close to the United States. But once I got to Mexico, I looked back on that moment and laughed at how naïve I was because everything about our relationship with Mexico is so fascinating, it’s probably one of the most important relationships we have in this world.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk and images of a car driving down the street.

Paco: I got sent to Matamoros, Mexico, which is right on the border with Texas. And when I arrived, Matamoros was in the middle of a very deadly drug cartel war. There’d be tanks coming down the street, and there’d be guys pointing guns right at you. And those were the good guys.

Images: Mary Beth to camera from her desk and images of a city.

Mary Beth: I wanted to go somewhere where I knew that I would be able to roll up my sleeves and get a lot of work done and where you could have some serious impact on a lot of the policy as it’s being developed on the ground. So I’ve done tours in Mali, I’ve served a lot of time in Pakistan; I’ve also spent a great deal of time in Afghanistan.

Images: Aaron in front seat of a car talking to camera as the car is moving.

Aaron: The Haitian government is really engaged, they’re committed to stability, they’re committed to making sure people have the opportunity to emerge from poverty. The working relationships that we’ve developed are really taking off now.

Images: Department of State sign outside Headquarters.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk.

Paco: If you take a chance to take a look at the State Department mission statement, it’s pretty neat. It says the State Department’s objectives are to promote democracy, prosperity, and security, not just in places where we have American interests, but in the entire world.

Images: Marjorie talking to camera, with views of Port-au-Prince, Haiti in background.

Marjorie: So I’m wrapping up a lot of my projects here because I’m moving to the Vatican City. And that’s one of the biggest perks about being in the Foreign Service. Is that every couple of years you get to reinvent yourself, you get to start in a new job in a new country.

Images: Ana riding in a car, talking to camera from a park in city center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ana: I’m part of a tandem couple. My husband is also in the Foreign Service and we have two kids, seven-year-old twins who were born in Mexico City, lived in Zimbabwe, lived in Bodega, Columbia, and now they live here in Buenos Aires where they’re in the first grade. The State Department does a good job of creating a family no matter where you go. Other Foreign Service officers, we all sort of take care of each other, we form relationships that feel like family.

Images: Paco talking to camera from desk.

Paco: If you’re interested in adventure, in a career that’s going to be ever changing and one in which you’ll get to represent your country, serve your fellow countrymen, then the Foreign Service is probably right for you.

Images: Ambassador Kenney sitting talking directly to camera.

Ambassador Kenney: One of the things that I think is so amazing about the Foreign Service is that it attracts people who are active and proactive and who want to make a difference. You can’t change the world everyday, but I go to sleep a lot of times feeling like I’ve done something special.

Images: image montage as one image fades to another. Images of Haiti, the Lincoln Memorial, the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC and to Secretary Clinton speaking directly to camera and images of the White House, and the Washington monument in DC.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton: The challenges of the 21st century offer something for everyone in the Foreign Service and they also demand a wide range of skills and experience. We need experts in public diplomacy and crisis response, in public health and food security, in arms control and police training, in operations and management. And we need you now. I’ve spent the past four years working alongside Foreign Service officers and I am so honored to work with such a talented group of men and women and to be a member of this incredible, dedicated, and growing family.

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