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Elaine Clayton

Elaine Clayton

Graduate Student, International Communications

American University

Washington, DC





U.S. Department of State

Intern at the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland

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U.S. Department of State

Program Assistant, The Office of Global Food Security

Support the Special Representative for Global Food Security in travel engagements by ensuring complete and organized briefing books and briefing checklists.

Assist staff with planning and carrying out multiple high-level events in Washington and abroad. Duties included extensive research on building blocks for speeches conducted by the Secretary and other officials, creation of promotional media, organization of event agendas and handling logistics.

Manage the Feed the Future Initiative’s interagency calendar which includes constant communications with all stakeholders, maintaining awareness of current events and initiatives in the field of Global Food Security, and circulating throughout the interagency committee.

Attend food security and nutrition focused events throughout Washington, D.C. for awareness of and research into current issues.


U.S. Department of State

Office Automations Clerk, The Office of Recruitment and Outreach

Co-coordinated the Volunteer Recruiter Program including maintenance of a database with 900+ volunteers.

Helped to recruit students and professionals at 5 career fairs for the Department of State.

Researched methods of recruiting Mandarin and Portuguese speakers for the CALNA program through social media.

Managed the distribution and inventory of recruitment materials to recruiters and DIRs throughout the country.

Assisted with the annual January DIR Workshop pertaining to 16 Diplomats in Residence.

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U.S. Department of State

Intern, Foreign Service Institute, Career Transition Center

Collaborated in carrying out the Job Search Program, Retirement Planning Seminar, and Midcareer Planning Seminar for retired Foreign Service Officers.

Assembled seven textbooks consisting of counselors' and speakers' materials.
Cooperated with the other interns to coordinate staff meetings.

Represented the CTC in other duties throughout the Training Center.

Acquired knowledge of Smart board technologies and Survey Builder.


Dog Meets World

Media Intern

Planned and carried out a successful launch event attended by over 50 people.

Completed presentations to potential volunteers.

Utilized social media platforms to obtain outreach goals.

Conducted intensive research on growing nonprofits to enhance the promotional aspects of DMW by writing an anthropological thesis.

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Maryland WISHES

Creative Director

Planned events and fundraisers for the WISHES foundation.

Developed new ideas for ways in which to raise money from the community.

American University

Master of Arts, International Communication, International Exchanges, New Media, Public and Citizen Diplomacy

University of Maryland College Park

Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Relations, Cultural Anthropology

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Study Abroad, Spanish Language/Culture