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Purdue horticulture business student named finalist for U.S. Embassy in Seoul
March 18, 2013
By: Purdue University News
CHIPLEY, Ind. — Riley Sholl, a horticulture business student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, has made the list of five finalists for the position of U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The embassy is responsible for promoting and protecting the interests of the United States in Korea.
"I was just shocked and delighted," he said.
Sholl, 22, is currently interning at the U.S. Consulate General in Seoul, Korea. Sholl is in the final stages of preparing for the interview process for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, where he will interview with a committee of four state department officials.
"I think they have a very good chance right now," he said.
If hired, Sholl would be the second Purdue University student to be selected for a position with the U.S. Embassy. In 2012, Haechan Park was named to a position in the office of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
Sholl and Park are entering the second part of a three-part interview process. During the first phase, they each interviewed with a panel of four U.S. Embassy officials who compared their performance. In the second phase, the panel interviewed each of the five candidates. In the final phase of the process, the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea interviews the top three candidates. Four of the five finalists will be notified the fourth week of March. Once the interview is complete, the South Korean government will make a recommendation to the White House.
Sholl said he has been preparing for this process since his freshman year of college. He has been working with two other interns, and as a part of his internship, they have been giving presentations for the U.S. Embassy in Korea twice a week.
"I think the most important part of my portfolio is that I was able to prove my value to my employer and business community while interning," he said.
Sholl started his internship with Purdue Northwest as a student intern in the Leadership in International Development (LID) program. LID is an interdisciplinary, mentored study of international development and leadership in global society.
Sholl said that the internship was beneficial to his schooling because he was able to see real world examples of how global issues affect our everyday lives.
After completing the LID program, Sholl applied to the International Study Abroad Program. During the study abroad program, he lived in Seoul, South Korea with his host family while taking courses at the University of South Korea.
He spent a semester abroad at Purdue and then returned to the United States to complete his second year at Purdue Northwest.
"Studying abroad has allowed me to meet new people, improve my cultural skills and prepare for university and business careers," Sholl said.
After completing his internship at Purdue Northwest, Sholl enrolled at Purdue University in the fall of 2012 as a h