ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The State Department works with countries around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states. Now they're looking at Albany State University to help continue that mission.
The State Department has 30,000 diplomats worldwide. For the first time, the Department recruited at ASU looking for students interested in internships or jobs in Washington or abroad. The State Department is looking for the best and brightest across the nation and they've turned their attention to Albany State University.
"Secretary Rice has said we need a foreign service that represents America so, the only way we can get a foreign service that represents America is to reach out to schools that we normally don't recruit at," says Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Teddy Taylor.
Students at Albany State like political science major Lakeesh Dent were interested to learn about the possibility foreign service may offer.
"I'm excited, I'm really excited about it. I took down all his information, I plan on keeping in contact with him," said Dent.
Promoting U.S. interests and freedom abroad isn't easy, students were told it takes an appreciation for cultures and languages and good communication skills to be successful.
"There are internship opportunities both in Washington as well as abroad working at one of our embassy's or consulates throughout the world," said Roberto Powers of Florida A&M University.
It's a job that comes with dangers, including dealing with the consequences of terrorists actions.
"We can train you to learn how to accept it and deal with it and to in some ways prevent it," said Taylor.
"We're no longer just America. We're America with a global economy, issues, so I think that's very important," Dent said.
Important enough that ASU students could be the ones laying new diplomatic foundations in the future.
State Department officials also encouraged ASU's faculty to get involved with some of their foreign relations programs during the summer months.