Name: Nursultan Eldosov

Position: Summer intern, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Press and Public Diplomacy, Department of State

Best known for: Since he was in elementary school, Eldosov dreamed of being a diplomat. The rising senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service has spent the summer interning at the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. The 21-year-old supports public diplomacy policy and programming for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives. The goal is to help strengthen the relationship between the United States and the citizens of these four countries through cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges and international visitor programs.

During his internship, Eldosov, a native of Uzbekistan, has organized several events for the International Visitor Leadership program. This program 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. Eldosov played a key role in arranging and managing the briefings and logistics for an agricultural delegation from Bangladesh as well as for a judicial delegation from Nepal.

Recently, he 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. He serves as the voice for the overseas U.S. embassies and must run interference for them, highlight areas of concern and coordinate with different State Department bureaus.

Sheela Krishnan, who most recently held the desk officer job, is confident of Eldosov’s abilities.

“He is a very promising young man who is remarkably bright with really good instincts,” she said.

Government work: In addition to his summer internship, Eldosov was selected as a 2013 undergraduate Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, a prestigious award that will provide him with financial support as he prepares academically and professionally to join the Foreign Service. Eldosov said his experience at the State Department this summer has reinforced his commitment to serve in government.

Motivation for service: Eldosov and his family immigrated to the United States in 2002. Moving from Central Asia to the United States and interacting with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow helped him realize his interest in international affairs.

B iggest challenge: The learning curve, particularly during his transition to interim public diplomacy desk officer. Colleagues have helped ease the transition.

Quote: “My dream job in fifth-grade was to become a consular because that meant diplomacy,” Eldosov said. “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.”

— From the Partnership for Public Service

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