Fortunately, by early December the State Department offered me a conditional appointment. The lone condition: acquire a Security Clearance. I submitted my clearance paperwork in early February. The clearance was granted in late March and I was officially offered the internship. The next few items I needed to tend to were purchasing a ridiculously expensive airplane ticket, obtaining a visa, and buying Overseas Travel Insurance.
Now, from a financial perspective the last three items put a significant dent in my cash and cash convertible assets. (That’s just a little PUBA 730–Accounting humor) However, the burden was lessened by the good folks at the Center for Global Initiatives. This is a great resource for funding and information, offered to students and professors interested in traveling abroad.
Finally, after getting all of those items squared away the most daunting task of all remains. I still have to pack.