Cablegate: Fall 2004 Intern Program

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 45968

1. In response to REFTEL, Spain wishes to participate
in the Fall 2004 Intern Program.

2. Pertinent data is outlined below in the order

A. Number of interns requested:

Embassy Madrid - six - one for the Political Section,
one for the Management Section, two for Public Affairs
and two for the Consular Section.

B. A 3/3 level of Spanish is required for all except
for the MGT intern for whom Spanish is preferable but
not required. All interns are required to work a full
time 40 hour/week schedule.

C. Other special selection criteria: It is preferred
for the Public Affairs Cultural Affairs intern to have
previous study/living in Spain. The Consular Section
interns will be working with the public.

D. Sections of assignment:

Embassy Madrid - Political, Management, Public Affairs
and Consular Sections.

E. Name and title post intern contact:

Madrid -Jose Salces, Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: 011-34-91-587-2328, fax 011-34-91-587-2229
E-mail address:

F. Specific duties/projects:


Political Section - help update the annual human rights
report and work on other political topics/projects.

Management Section - The intern will be assigned to the
Information Management (IM) section. The intern will
help implement a quality management program by drafting
a quality service manual and assisting unit managers to
draft procedures and policies. The intern will also
develop and update content for the IM section website.

Public Affairs - The intern assigned to the Media
Relations Office will be asked to do regular press work
consisting of press releases, media reaction, reading
the newspapers and selecting clips and regular office
duties. The intern in the Cultural Affairs Office will
do regular cultural related work: research through
internet, help on special programs, updating of lists
and regular office duties.

Consular Section - while working in the Visa Units and
the American Citizen Services Unit, the interns will
screen and provide visa information to applicants and
provide assistance and information to American citizens
abroad. Interns will also work on special projects
such as evaluating and coordinating public information
disseminated through embassy and State Department web
sites, printed material and caller information

G. Housing: Madrid cannot repeat cannot provide
housing. Estimate of living expenses is as follows:
meals and incidentals are similar to Washington, D.C.
Lodging expenses can vary from 450 U.S. dollars/month
if an adequate room is found in a family home to 2,800
U.S. dollars/month for a fully furnished apartment in
the city. Please note that it is difficult to rent a
moderately priced apartment in the city for a less than
a six-month period.

H. Visa requirements: none for a stay of less than
ninety days. If an intern is coming to Spain also to
study, a student visa should be obtained from the
Spanish Embassy or Consulates in the U.S.

3. Thank you very much for your assistance. Argyros

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