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In failing economy, Foreign Service test attracts record numbers

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Nicole Sunderlin, 21, who spent three months interning at the consular affairs desk at the U.S. Embassy in London, is signed up for the February Foreign Service exam. (Courtesy of Nicole Sunderlin)

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With a new president who promises to strengthen alliances abroad at a time when private companies are cutting their rosters, thousands are looking to the Foreign Service as a future career path.