What I wish was different
Before you apply, you need to think about this: State is non-partisan, and when you work there, you have to be too. Goals are top-down and will come from a presidential administration you might disagree with, but whether or not you agree with their priorities or messaging, it's your job to further them. On the other hand, you might completely agree with the administration and think that the goals you're furthering are great. It all depends on what's going on with State when you, personally, apply.