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Foreign Service careers topic for BYU lecture July 1

Foreign Service officer Jessica Ward will present a David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies lecture, “What You Will Find in the Foreign Service,” Tuesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. in B-104 of the Joseph Fielding Smith Building on the Brigham Young University campus.

Ward, who is visiting campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Hometown Diplomat program, is nearing the end of her first tour in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her next assignment will take her to Vienna, Austria.

Before realizing her dream job would involve travelling around the world with the Foreign Service, she worked overseas both as an English teacher in Taiwan and as a nanny in Paris. Her aunt’s suggestion that she “check out the Foreign Service” was all it took to get her hooked on the idea as a career. Prior to taking her life abroad, Ward received a bachelor’s degree in humanities from BYU.

This lecture, sponsored by BYU’s Foreign Service Student Organization, the College of Humanities Advisement Center and the David M. Kennedy Center, will be archived online.

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Writer: Lee Simons

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