Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with William Primosch
PRIMOSCH: Until 1971.
Q: Did you have any feel for what you're going to do?
PRIMOSCH: I knew I was interested in international work of some kind. I had only a very fuzzy notion about what the State Department did. At that time, I had more of an interest in AID doing development work, which was more aligned with my original interest. So, I was toying around with the idea of doing some graduate work in Europe in international affairs and ended up going back to George Washington University and doing graduate work in their international affairs program there.
Q: You were at George Washington from when to when?
PRIMOSCH: From '71 to '73.
Q: Did you get a master's?
PRIMOSCH: I got a master's degree in international affairs.
Q: How did you find George Washington as a place to go for a graduate degree?
PRIMOSCH: Overall, I thought it was a good program. They had several very good professors. One of the things that they stressed in the courses that I took was research and writing. So we did a lot of papers and that was a great opportunity to refine my writing skills. Acquiring good writing skills really helped me later on in the State Department. Several of the courses I took I also found to be very useful later on at the State Department. I took courses in international trade and economics, and some courses in international communism. We did a lot of reading on China, Russia and Eastern Europe. As it turned out, my first assignment at the State Department was in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. I found myself very well prepared academically for that kind of work.
Q: Had you had any real contact with the Foreign Service? Did you have any idea what it was about?