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Cablegate: Spring 2005 Intern Program

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 162896

1. In response to REFTEL, Spain wishes to participate
in the Spring 2005 Intern Program.

2. Pertinent data is outlined below in the order

A. Number of interns requested:

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

Consulate General Barcelona - two - one for
Political/Economic Affairs and one for Public Affairs.

B. A 3/3 level of Spanish is required for all interns
except for the IM/MGT intern for whom Spanish is
preferable but not required. All interns are required
to work a full time 40 hour/week schedule. Barcelona
Public Affairs requires at least a 3/3 level of
Spanish. Fluency is required for Political/Economic

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 and must be
able to work full time. Barcelona prefers that its
Political/Economic Affairs intern have a background in
economics, politics or international relations. The
intern for Public Affairs should have background in
international relations, journalism, and basic
knowledge of Spanish culture, society and history.

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D. Sections of assignment:

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

Consulate General Barcelona - Political/Economic
Affairs, Public Affairs

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:

Barcelona - Josefina Guitart, Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 011-34-93-675-4285, fax 011-34-93-205-7764
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 - One intern will be assigned to the
Information Management (IM) section. The intern will
help implement an improved quality management program
by assisting unit managers in drafting quality service
manuals and operational procedures and policies
documentation which are compatible with guidelines set
forth in ISO 9000 publications relating to acceptable
information technology industry standards. The other
intern will assist various management subsections with
a variety of projects. Some of these are: conduct a
comprehensive analysis of privileges and immunities for
USDH employees. Evaluate space allocations and use in
the chancery. Analyze work processes and draft SOPs.
Review and revise Management policy notices. Update
web design.

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

Political/Economic Affairs - intern will be responsible
for gathering economic and political data for both
regular and occasional reports. Will assist with
quarterly economic reports, compilation of biographical
data, etc. Intern will also review various news
sources (Aragon, Balearic Islands, Andorra, etc.) and
gather information as necessary.

Public Affairs - Regular presswork, reading the
newspapers, selecting clips and drafting op-eds.
Support the Information Resource Center research work
through the Internet; support specific PA projects
(particularly speaker programs); and regular office

G. Housing: Madrid and Barcelona 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. Manzanares

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