Rachel Dieter ’17 is spending her summer in a small country that is a melting pot for many cultures.
Azerbaijan is situated between Europe and Asia. Many people might find it easy to overlook, but not Dieter.
A double major in global studies and political science, Dieter will spend six weeks in Azerbaijan interning through the Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training program. The program provides students with internships in one of 12 countries through the American Councils offices. The internships range in subjects from democracy and human rights to business and journalism. Dieter’s will be focused on education programming.
“For the past few years, I have been interested in Azerbaijan,” she says. “The main reason I chose to pursue this internship was because of my interest.”
The crossroad Azerbaijan provides for different cultures intrigues Dieter. Because of its location, Azerbaijani culture has been molded and shaped by different influences over the years. Dieter says she is excited to see how all of these cultures come together. In addition to her internship, she will be living with a host family and subsequently being exposed to the country’s culture.
Dieter has traveled internationally. She spent a year between high school and college to live in Switzerland and India. Despite her experience, she still expresses some fear in the unknown.
“Being in a new country, culture and language brings many uncertainties. But I know that growth happens when pushed out of our comfort zone,” she says. “Being able to finally live and experience Azerbaijan is what I am most excited for. I know this summer will be unlike anything I've experienced in my life.”