Krista Wunsche was one of nine students nationwide to receive a prestitious international affairs fellowship

Krista Wunsche, junior political science and biochemistry majors, will be working at the U.S. Department of State this summer.

CLEMSON — Clemson junior Krista Wunsche of Ravenel is one of nine students nationwide to be named a 2015 Council of American Ambassadors Fellow.

The prestigious fellowship program selects outstanding undergraduates to participate in a summer program in Washington, D.C., that combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors, practical training through internships at the Department of State and academic studies in international affairs.

A double major in political science and biochemistry, Krista is no stranger to learning inside and outside the classroom. Born a dual citizen of the U.S. and Germany, she speaks fluent German and interned last summer with the U.S. Department of State in Vienna, Austria, a German-speaking country. In addition to being a member of Clemson’s debate team she helped lead the founding of “The Pendulum,” an international affairs magazine at Clemson.

“Krista is an outstanding student and is truly deserving of this honor,” said Jeff Peake, chair of the political science department. “She represents the best of Clemson University and is a great example of what students can do when they put their mind to accomplishing something.”

The Council of American Ambassadors is an association of non-career U.S. ambassadors. A nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the council has more than 200 members whose ambassadorial service collectively spans five decades and 11 U.S. presidents. The council sponsors fellowships to develop young leaders for careers in public diplomacy and international affairs.

“It’s really exciting to be able to get this kind of mentoring from people who have been involved in international affairs for much of their careers,” said Wunsche, who is seriously considering a career in  foreign service. “I’ve experienced how operations work in missions and embassies from my internship in Vienna. Now I get to work where the policy actually occurs. Among other things, this summer I want to explore some of the many career opportunities that are available through foreign service.”