State Department summer intern learns the diplomatic ropes


(Alex Thompson)
August 22, 2013

Nursultan Eldosov has dreamed of being a diplomat since he was 10-years old.

Born in Uzbekistan, Eldosov and his family immigrated to the United States in 2002. The transition of moving from Central Asia to the United States and his interaction with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow helped Eldosov realize there was a bigger international community that he wanted to engage in.

Now 21-years old and a rising senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Eldosov spent this summer interning at the State Department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, where he has supported public diplomacy policy and programming for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives.

“My dream job in fifth grade was to become a consular because that meant diplomacy,” said Eldosov. “This country has given me so much and I want to give back for future generations. The best way for me to do this is through diplomacy.”

According to Eldosov, his work this summer has helped strengthen overseas relationships through cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges and international visitor programs.

During his internship, Eldosov has organized several events for the International Visitor Leadership program, which brings current and emerging leaders from across the globe to meet with their professional counterparts in the United States and to visit public and private sector organizations related to their field of interest.

These leaders begin their international visit at the State Department where they meet with officials to exchange information based on the participants’ professional interests and experiences. Eldosov played a key role in arranging and managing all the agency briefings and logistics for an agricultural delegation from Bangladesh and a judicial delegation from Nepal.

Recently, Eldosov became the interim public diplomacy desk officer for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives as a result of the summer transition of Foreign Service officers to new positions. In this role, Eldosov serves as the voice for these U.S. embassies and must run interference for them, highlight areas of concern and coordinate with different bureaus within the State Department.

In addition, he assists in reviewing and approving grants that have funded English language training for teachers and students as well as other youth programs in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Sheela Krishnan, who most recently held this position, said, “Nursultan’s job is to flag things for the front office here at State as well for these posts. He is an intermediary and a facilitator.”

“He is a very promising young man who is remarkably bright with really good instincts. He is able to synthesize information and get to the heart of the matter quickly,” said Krishnan.

Eldosov was selected as a 2013 undergraduate Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, which provides funding to participants as they prepare academically and professionally to join the Foreign Service. He said his experience at the State Department this summer has reinforced his commitment to serve in government.

“My internship has been an unbelievable opportunity to meet so many intelligent and amazing people who have supported and offered me advice. I feel so grateful to be in an incredible environment that allows me to learn and grow,” said Eldosov.

This article was jointly prepared by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, a group seeking to enhance the performance of the federal government, and washingtonpost.com. Go to http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/fedpage/players/ to read about other federal workers who are making a difference.

Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

federal_government

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters