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Each year, the Thurs-

day Luncheon Group

and the American

Foreign Service Asso-

ciation partner to

encourage African-

American involve-

ment in U.S. foreign

policy by sponsoring

a summer intern at

the Department of


This year’s intern,

Memphis native

Candace Johnson,

expressed gratitude

for the opportunities and

new experiences she’s had

through this internship.

“Maybe this shouldn’t have

come as a surprise, but

everyone has been so wel-

coming,” Johnson says.

“Had I not been the TLG

intern, I don’t think so many

people would have reached

out to me and been so kind.”

Johnson is working for

the India desk in the Bureau

of South and Central Asian

Affairs, on the bilateral and

strategic affairs team. Her

daily duties include helping

to resolve visa issues and

organize bilateral meetings

between Indian and U.S.

government officials regard-

ing business, investment and

commercial relations.

According to Johnson, the

highlight of her internship

was participating in a high-

level meeting in September

with the external affairs

minister of India.

Of her time at Foggy Bot-

tom, she comments: “This

summer has reaffirmed my

desire to work for the govern-

ment, particularly as an FSO.”

She likes the idea of working

with an organization for 30

years, but also getting to

experience something new

every two or three years.

“This internship is ‘nine-

to-five,’ but I’ve never felt like

it was,” says Johnson. “It’s

interesting, and I welcome

that. I never look at the clock

and ask, ‘How many more

hours do I have to go?’”

For more information on

AFSA-supported internship

opportunities, please visit


—Amy Jones,

Communications Intern


On Aug. 13, AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson welcomed Candace

Johnson to AFSA headquarters where they

discussed her aspiration to join the Foreign


TLG Summer Intern Catches

the Foreign Service Itch