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Kay Anske
Alumna Kay Anske speaks to UTSA students

UTSA alumna speaks on foreign service field

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 12, 2009)--UTSA political science students learned about careers in foreign service when Kay Anske, consul general at the American Embassy in Guatemala, visited the UTSA Main Campus last month.

The visit to the class of Boyka Stefanova, UTSA assistant professor of political science, was part of the Department of State's Hometown Diplomats program. The program returns seasoned diplomats to their native homes to promote careers in the Foreign Service.

"We want people who are interested in the joy of discovering the world and learning and living with other cultures," said Anske. "We also offer valuable internships that could serve as stepping stones to rewarding careers with the Foreign Service."

Anske received a bachelor's degree in history and political science from St. Mary's University and a minor in sociology from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981 and has lived in nine countries including two terms in Karachi, Pakistan and Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she serves as consul general. As consul general, she works with Guatemalan policy makers to help develop a democratic civil society with a diversified economy.

Anske said the Foreign Service offers a variety of careers in officer positions in the areas of politics, economics, culture, management, information and counseling.

To apply for positions with the Foreign Service, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, be a U.S. citizen, and be at least 21 years of age. If accepted, applicants must pass a written exam, oral exam and background security check. The process takes approximately 18 months.

For more information, visit the U.S. State Department Careers Web site.

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