Young, Scrappy, Hungry, and Waiting: The Case for Reforming Security Clearances

Last December, I was offered my dream internship – working with the U.S. Department of State – after a two-month application and interview process. As a master’s student in global policy studies, the opportunity to work for a summer at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It would also complete my degree’s internship requirement. It seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was. Each prospective state department intern must receive a security clearance. I filled out my SF-86, the detailed, thorough security background form, on December 9, the day after I...

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