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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
63
AFSA NEWS
In accordance with Article VI, Sec. 1 of the AFSA Bylaws, the
Committee on Elections certifes that all three proposed
amendments were approved by the membership. The table
below provides a breakdown of the votes cast:
Proposed Bylaw
Amendment
Yes
No
Blank
Total
Online Voting
4,016
57
2
4,075
Board Elibility
Requirements
3,822
250
3
4,075
Name Change for
Committee on
Education
3,992
81
2
4,075
The Committee on Elections notes that just over 25 per-
cent of the membership voted, the highest participation levels
for a bylaw, referendum or Governing Board election in recent
history. Moreover, members completing the online survey
overwhelmingly expressed satisfaction and approval of the
new online voting process.
n
AFSA Bylaw Amendments
Pass
BY JANET HEDR ICK , DI RECTOR OF MEMBER SERV ICES
Since 1992, AFSA and the
Thursday Luncheon Group
have sponsored a minority
college student for a summer
internship at the Department
of State. The collaboration
provides a hands-on foreign
afairs experience to stu-
dents who otherwise might
not have such an opportu-
nity.
This year’s
intern was Angela
Addae, a native of
Vicksburg, Miss.
Angela is a second-
year Ph.D. student
in sociology at
the University of
Arizona. She is a
frst-generation
American, the daughter of
two Ghanaian immigrants.
During her undergraduate
years at Fisk University,
Angela had the opportunity
to study abroad in Ghana.
Her internship in the
Ofce of India Afairs
refected actual desk ofcer
duties, with tasks ranging
from attending briefngs and
forums to drafting points on
pertinent economic issues.
She also assisted on the
Subnational Engagement
project, which promotes city
government-level partner-
ships between cities in India
and in the United States.
“I had no idea what to
expect, but my experience
exceeded anything I could
have ever imagined. The
Ofce of India Afairs has
been a fantastic place to
work with people who are
energetic and passionate.
From attending think-tank
forums on public-private
partnerships to participating
in meetings with high-level
ofcials, there is never a dull
moment on the India desk,”
she declared.
Angela’s per-
sonal highlight of
the summer was
the opportunity to
attend the swear-
ing-in ceremony for
Makila James, the
new U.S. ambassa-
dor to Swaziland.
Angela recounts
that “the ceremony was a
defning moment during my
summer internship because
it allowed me to witness
Ambassador James, also
a woman of color, take on
the highest rank in the U.S.
Foreign Service. It was an
inspirational, yet humbling
experience that enabled
me to learn of her journey
and envision myself on that
platform.”
AFSA thanks the Ofce of
India Afairs for their ongoing
willingness to host the TLG
intern, and we look forward to
welcoming another deserv-
ing student next summer.
For more information, please
visit www.afsa.org/minor-
ity_internships.aspx.
n
TLG Intern Has “Fantastic”
Summer at State
BY ÁSGE I R S IGFÚSSON, DI RECTOR OF MARKET ING
AND OUTREACH
AFSA Welcomes New Interns
Three new interns have joined AFSA for the fall
semester, bringing energy and ideas with them.
Jonathan Yuan, from Breinigsville, Pa., is the
communications, marketing and outreach intern. A
junior at Cornell University, majoring in government
and China and Asia/Pacifc studies, he participated
in a State Department externship last year.
Edward Hardrianto Kurniawan joins AFSA for a
six-month tour as the new
FSJ
advertising intern.
He is a student at the HAN University of Applied
Sciences in Arnhem, Netherlands, where he is in the
third year of an international business and manage-
ment program. Edward is originally from Jakarta.
Rounding out this year’s fall interns is Emily Haw-
ley, the new
Foreign Service Journal
editorial intern,
a senior at Santa Clara University in California.
We thank the departing group of interns for a job
well done, and wish Beth Romagnoli, Claudia Gerken
and Eva Moss the best in their future endeavors.
TLG intern Angela Addae.