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The Chios Society of the Greater Washington, DC Area invites you to the 67th Annual Convention of the Chios Societies of the Americas & Canada from Friday October 11th to Sunday October 13th, 2024 in Washington, DC! Tickets to all events will be on sale soon at DCGreeks.com! Click here for details!
St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Bethesda, MD invites you to our Greek Festival 2024 on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2024 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD. Click here for details!
Colorful, traditional costumes and ethnic pride of both young and old will fill the streets of Baltimore on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 2:00 PM, as the Greek-American Community commemorates Greek Independence Day with a festive parade in Baltimore's historic Greektown!  Click here for details!
International Powerhouse Tenor & Classical-Crossover Artist MARIO FRANGOULIS performs live in Washington, DC on Friday, April 12, 2024 at Warner Theatre, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Hellenic Institute. Click here for details!
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02/28New Event: Utopia Greek Night at Koi on Saturday, 3/9/24, in Washington, DC!
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02/19New Event: Kellari Taverna's Monthly Greek Night on Friday, 3/1/24, in Washington, DC!
02/17New Event: Maryland Greek Independence Day 2024 Parade on 3/24/24 in Baltimore's Greektown
02/17New Event: St. George's Greek Festival 2024 on 5/18/24 & 5/19/24 in Bethesda, MD
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Please join us on Friday, March 1, 2024 for Kellari Taverna's Monthly Greek Night for a fun evening of authentic Greek music, food and dancing with live Greek music by Apollonia starting at 9:00 PM! Click here for details!

SPECIAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. Government Internship in Greece

By Joanna Apergis
USDA Co-op and former USDA International Intern

March 14, 2005

Looking forward to your next vacation in Greece?  For most of us there is never enough time to do or see it all in these short summer trips. But if you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, you may have an opportunity to extend your trip without abandoning your career. A summer internship in Athens, though often overlooked, is an important option for students in many fields.

For five years, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the foreign service branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has selected a handful of interns to work in some of their 90 overseas Foreign Agricultural Trade Offices located in U.S. Embassies around the world. These paid internships offer the experience of a lifetime, working for the U.S. government in a foreign country.

At any U.S. embassy you will find a number of interns, both foreign and American, work alongside Greek and American employees of various agencies and backgrounds. In this setting, students benefit by networking while gaining real work experience. In the summer, the Athens Embassy formally hosts parties and events almost weekly, and informal gatherings are often planned between interns. Weekend trips to the Greek islands are quick, inexpensive and easily planned between new and old friends.

As with other federal government international internships, American students of all backgrounds can apply. However, since the student is responsible for airfare and housing Greek-Americans are particularly well suited, often already having arrangements for both. Fluency in the country’s language also serves as an advantage in the application process.

Students majoring in fields such as marketing, public administration and international business are encouraged to apply. Assigned duties will depend on events scheduled for the duration of the internship, but will likely include:

· Research on the local food and beverage retail and foodservice markets

· Preparation of market reports for U.S. exporters

· Support of Agricultural Trade Specialists in marketing duties

So if you are a student interested in public service and enjoy visiting Greece, apply for the USDA International Internship. You could spend next summer as an intern in Athens!

· For more information on the USDA’s International Internship Program visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/admin/newjobs/newjobs.html

· In addition to the USDA, the State Department and the Department of Commerce also hire interns to work in the U.S. Embassies around the world. Visit their websites for more information.

 


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