Virtual diplomacy at the US Embassy
Join the UNAA Victorian Young Professionals for an exclusive virtual tabletop simulation co-hosted by the United States Consulate General Melbourne.
This new program – an initiative of US Consul General Michael Kleine – will take you inside the US Embassy for a real-life, real-time experience of diplomacy. The event is customised to offer a hands-on experience of what it’s like to work as a diplomat, and to show how varied and fast-paced the work in an embassy can be.
Participants are assigned real roles and responsibilities inside the US Embassy and, over the course of a 1.5 hour simulation, will work through a series of crisis points with colleagues and embassy leaders to find resolutions.
Numbers are strictly limited, so to apply please send your Expression of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org before COB Friday 4 September.
How to apply
Your EOI should be no longer than 150 words in length and answer the following questions:
- Why is diplomacy an important skill for future leaders?
- What has motivated you to apply for this experience, and how will you benefit from it?
When sending your EoI to email@example.com, please include your first and last name and the words ‘US diplomacy EOI’ in the subject line, and paste the content of your email in the body text (not as an attachment).
We will communicate with you via email before COB Wednesday 9 September to notify you if you have been selected to participate in this event. If you have been selected, we will also provide you with the access code required to process your registration and purchase a ticket. This can be done through this Humanitix event page.
Since places are ***STRICTLY LIMITED*** please do not apply for this event if you are unavailable at the following date and time.
Event details: Tuesday, 22nd September 3:30pm to 5pm on Zoom.
Cost: $15 for UNAA YP members and $20 for non-members
Thank you to US Consul General Michael Kleine for this opportunity and event.
Michael Kleine is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with nearly twenty years of experience in the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his August 2018 arrival in Melbourne, Michael served three years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos. He worked previously in South Korea, where he led Embassy efforts to ratify the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement; Kosovo, where he supported the establishment of democratic institutions in post-war Kosovo; and Vietnam, where he was among the first to work in the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2013 to 2014, he served as the U.S. Trade Representative’s Senior Advisor for Japan and Korea Trade Policy. Before joining the diplomatic corps, Michael practiced law in Washington, D.C. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Duke University. He also has a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington.