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Bulls Notebook: USFSM talk to explore Foreign Service careers

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: February 02, 2018

Bulls Notebook LogoSARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 02, 2018) – Students with a love of travel and penchant for foreign languages can check out a free talk Feb. 15 by U.S. State Department representative Monique Quesada called the Insider’s Guide to Federal Government Service.

Quesada, the diplomat in residence for South Florida and Puerto Rico, will talk with students and answer questions about job and internship opportunities within the U.S. Foreign Service, the agency responsible for carrying out U.S. policy in foreign countries and assisting travelers.

USFSM talk to explore Foreign Service careers

Monique Quesada

Based at Florida International University in Miami, Quesada frequently travels the state and Puerto Rico to raise awareness about Foreign Service careers.

Foreign Service workers are known to work in embassies and consulates worldwide, often helping U.S. travelers, but also playing a role advancing America’s interests abroad, standing up for women’s rights, explaining American foreign policy and protecting embassies from security threats.

“Whether constructing or managing embassies throughout the world, explaining American foreign policy to citizens of other countries, or teaching entrepreneurial skills to young people in emerging countries, you can make a difference within the U.S. Department of State,” she said.

The Foreign Service offers a range of internship, job and fellowship opportunities. Quesada’s talk is scheduled 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 15, at room B-206 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Applicants must be American and it helps to be bilingual, but fluency in a foreign language is not a prerequisite to joining the Foreign Service.

Students from USFSM, New College, State College of Florida and the Ringling College of Art and Design are invited to this career information session.

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Fun & Fitness Expo set for USFSM, New College students

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The Fun & Fitness Expo is Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Next Wednesday’s Fun & Fitness Expo has dozens of vendors set to attend, from the Sarasota School of Massage to the Mini Moo Petting Zoo.

The annual fair, organized by the Counseling and Wellness Center, started in 2012 as a way to get students involved in the community but became an event all its own with a growing list of vendors each year.

Like any fair, visitors can enjoy snow cones and popcorn. However, numerous fitness-themed exhibits will be on hand, among them Cora Physical Therapy, the Cycle Bar and Mind Spa. Students can undergo health screenings and get HIV tested, as well.

The event, for students of USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College, kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Counseling and Wellness Center on the New College campus. It will run until about 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Counseling and Wellness Center at 941-487-4254.

Master’s degree session set for Saturday at USFSM

USF Sarasota-Manatee is welcoming professionals and recent graduates to a Master’s Degree Information Session scheduled Saturday, Feb. 3.

The session offers an opportunity to learn about graduate degree programs, talk with professors and deans and find out about admission requirements and scholarships. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, visit this page, or stop by the event. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The session starts at 10 a.m. Attendees who apply to a graduate program can have their application fee waived.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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