Ter­rell Hunt was born in Wash­ington, D.C., the epi­center of U.S. gov­ern­ment, but his com­mit­ment to joining the United States For­eign Ser­vice was shaped by his experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at Northeastern.

Fol­lowing his first co-​​op in finan­cial sys­tems at the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense and a study abroad at the Grenoble Grad­uate School of Busi­ness in France, the senior busi­ness major yearned for his chance to return to the nation’s capitol. He got his wish last spring, working on co-​​op in the State Department’s Office of Western Euro­pean Affairs.

Hunt was one of eight stu­dents, chosen from thou­sand of appli­cants, whose co-​​op was spon­sored by Mary Thompson-​​Jones, the former U.S. Depart­ment of State Diplomat in Res­i­dence for New Eng­land; Thompson-​​Jones now serves as an aca­d­emic spe­cialist and the director of Northeastern’s Master of Sci­ence in Global Stu­dents and Inter­na­tional Affairs program.

This unique expe­ri­ence gave me a com­plete look into the life and work of a career For­eign Ser­vice officer and allowed me to really explore my pas­sions,” said Hunt.

As the junior desk officer for the Benelux coun­tries, Hunt briefed key decision-​​makers, attended meet­ings as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of U.S. inter­ests, and pre­pared state­ments for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, former sec­re­tary of state. Senior staff rec­og­nized his con­tri­bu­tions, and he was sub­se­quently awarded a cer­tifi­cate of appre­ci­a­tion, which was endorsed by the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Euro­pean and Eurasian Affairs.

Being able to write the remarks for Pres­i­dent Obama was my absolute favorite thing,” Hunt said. “It was a com­plete honor and some­thing that I can say that I did for the rest of my life.”

Hunt con­siders his expe­ri­ence in Wash­ington a rare priv­i­lege and couldn’t say no to yet another once-​​in-​​a-​​lifetime oppor­tu­nity, which pre­sented itself imme­di­ately fol­lowing his co-​​op in the country’s capitol: an offer to work at the Con­sulate Gen­eral of the United States in Edin­burgh, Scotland.

Hunt’s work while on co-​​op in Scot­land, which was sup­ported by a Pres­i­den­tial Global Schol­ar­ship from North­eastern, ranged from man­aging the Consulate’s press reporting to drafting diplo­matic cor­re­spon­dence and briefs for senior staff including the Deputy Chief of Mis­sion and Min­ister Coun­selor for Polit­ical Affairs.

It’s an under­state­ment to say that Hunt’s experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties have shaped his future as a U.S. diplomat. “The con­cept of ser­vice is really impor­tant to me,” Hunt said. “I want to use all of the skills and knowl­edge that I’ve accu­mu­lated over study abroad, co-​​op, and classes to serve and rep­re­sent the inter­ests of my country that I love so much.”