January 11, 2011 – Fort Valley State University junior,Glorie Chiza, is focused, goal-oriented and relentless in his pursuit of excellence. FVSU professors say he is an outstanding student who maintains a 3.76 GPA and is an active member of campus organizations. Among his peers, the political science student is known as a charmer with a unique flare for fashion and a passion for community service.
Ten years ago, the Lawrenceville, Ga. resident emigrated from the Republic of Congo with his family. A summer trip to the homeland in Kinshsa, Central Africa convinced the student that a leadership role in the State Department as a U.S. ambassador was the best career fit. An upcoming opportunity to work in the nation’s capital surfaced at the right time to set him on track to bring the long-term goal to fruition.
On Jan. 17, Chiza will join 15 young scholars in Washington, D.C as a participant in the Emerging Leaders Internship Program sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. In this week’s “Just Do You” column, Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad, public relations specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communications, learned more about the internship and the experiences Chiza will gain.
How did you learn about the internship?
I learned about the internship during a trip to New York in October 2011. While there, I visited the United Nations and spoke to workers in the War Conflict Office. We talked about certain career opportunities and they encouraged me to apply for internships. Then my brother and I sat down and created a list of goals we wanted to accomplish. Getting this internship was one of the things on my list.
Describe the application process?
Tedious. It took about two months to make sure my essay was just right. I have to shout out to Dorothy Hardman, director of the FVSU Win Lab, for helping me get this internship. She put in a lot of hard work and long hours helping me with the revisions. My original essay underwent about 10 revisions. On the day the application was due, Ms. Hardman told me, “If it’s not ready to turn in today, then it will never be ready to turn in.” After submitting application materials, a phone interview was conducted. Of course, there were certain requirements for acceptance into the program such as a good GPA and an interest in politics.
Share with us your other goals for the future?
My main goal is to go to graduate school at either Georgetown, Yale or George Washington to study international relations. Then I plan to go into the state department with my sites on becoming a U.S. ambassador and working with the United Nations to assist third world countries in Central Africa.
The internship requires a move to Washington, D.C. for 5 months, January 17- May 19. What excites you most about the transition?
I’m excited about getting as much as I can from the overall experience. This is a paid internship and our housing is taken care of. The program also pays for what is called “A Semester in Washington Politics” at George Washington University.
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