Emily Melton, a senior who is a double major in Political Science and Homeland Security with a concentration in International Relations, will intern with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama this summer. Emily has studied Spanish for eight years and plans to continue also with Portuguese and Turkish. She currently works for the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security at the Virginia Governor’s Office as a Constituent Relations Intern. Previously, she was a Language Lab Technician at the School of World Studies Media Center. In high school, she was part of a 17-student delegation from Henrico County to The Hague International Model United Nations 2010 Conference in Den Haag, the Netherlands, where she served on the Disarmament Committee as a representative of the Republic of Chad. This opportunity is what guided her to study International Relations in college.
“I wanted to do this internship because I really want to have a career in the Foreign Service. The experience will allow me to figure out whether or not I want to be a Consular or Political Officer in the Foreign Service. I’ll also have the opportunity to be immersed into the language.”