This blog was originally designed to keep me sane as I began learning Arabic. It morphed into a blog of musings about Arabic, the Middle East, and the Islamic World, as well as book reviews about those topics. Then, the blog became a place to keep my family and friends updated on my adventures while I was living abroad. During May and June of 2012, I had a 6-week long internship in Cairo, Egypt through a international student organization called AIESEC. I taught English at the Awladi Orphanage in Cairo, home to several hundred children. I lived in an apartment in Nasr City before moving to Maadi (each is a distinct area of Cairo). I experienced President Mursi's election, camped in the western desert, rode camels by the pyramids, and had countless other experiences. I have since moved past this blog, on towards new endeavors, but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

U.S. Government Employment Opportunities

*Image Courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times

I find the idea of working for the U.S. government in a security-related position interesting. I am currently thinking about going into nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, disarmament, international security studies, etc. I feel that not only will there likely be a demand for a person who can speak Arabic in this field, but also that it would be an interesting area to study.

Besides government and conflict resolution type studies, I only have a couple other choices. I find human rights compelling, but I am not sure I could make a career out of it. Cross cultural studies are the same way.  I realized that after looking at the classes I could choose from, the political science ones interest me the most. Thus, my major, a combination of classes from majors including Anthropology and Nuclear Engineering, will focus on international relations and security studies. I'm getting really excited for my classes next semester!

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