The East Texas Chapter of the Links Inc. announced it is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to educate East Texas college and high students about foreign internships and foreign service career opportunities.
For Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools, the East Texas Chapter of the Links Inc. has designed and incorporated a program with activities for students over the year to teach the art of diplomacy and the role it plays in the world order. The program’s goal is to prepare young people in East Texas with the skills necessary to function and lead in a global society.
The hope of the East Texas Chapter of the Links Inc. is to expand the program to Longview and Marshall high schools as well.
The partnership with the U.S. Department of State is coordinated through its diplomat in residence based in Austin. These diplomats are foreign service officers located throughout the country. Their role is to provide information and education to high school and college students regarding internship opportunities with the State Department.
Diplomats have made multiple trips to Tyler to conduct presentations and meet with the educational administrators in the area, including Robert E. Lee High School, John Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College, Texas College, Jarvis Christian College and the University of Texas at Tyler, according to information from the chapter. Approximately 1,000 college and high school students have participated in presentations by the diplomats.