Political Science major Nicholas Tyszka experiences diplomacy first hand

Nicholas has spoken Polish and English his whole life. Every day he would ask himself, “How can I utilize both these languages on a day-to-day basis?” He found his answer in his internship at the U.S Consulate General in Krakow, Poland.

“Being able to intern at the U.S. Consulate was a dream come true. Before my parents immigrated to the U.S. they had to get visas in order to come here,” he said. “They got these visas at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, where I had my internship. I was able to intern at the Consulate where my parents started their journey to the U.S.”

One of his primary projects involved the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Consulate. During this celebration, his organization decorated a tram and rode it around the city of Krakow to celebrate the anniversary. He was one of the emcees and he set up and decorated the tram.

They had giveaways and live music. Because he speaks fluent Polish, he also asked quiz questions about American culture to guests that came aboard.

“It was truly a fantastic time and I had a blast,” he said.

However, at the beginning of his internship, Nicholas was very nervous about going into a new place. He wishes he had known that being nervous is okay, and you just have to be confident in yourself.

“Always show up with a positive attitude, always volunteer and step up to do extra work, and be kind to others. Kindness and a positive attitude are very contagious,” he said.

“If your boss tells you at 2:00 p.m. that he has nothing else for you and you can head out early if you’d like, don’t. Stick around for a couple more hours, maybe someone else at the office could use your help. Make the most of your internship. You are there to learn, make new friends and maybe you can turn your internship into a full-time job.”

Overall, Nicholas learned how American diplomacy works at U.S consulates and embassies overseas. He was able to see first hand how these organizations operate on a day-to-day basis and the work that goes into diplomatic relations with other countries.

“One of the big rewarding parts for me was being able to give back to two countries that mean so much to me,” he said. “I learned a lot during my time at the Consulate and was truly surrounded by some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I am truly thankful for the internship that I had.”

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