I would imagine this is a fairly common situation, but I recently received an unofficial offer of an internship with an embassy overseas and have some concerns about the security clearance process.
To preface, I don’t feel as though I am a concerning character in any regard; but I did make some mistakes and am thinking that they will cost me my clearance. I’d appreciate any insight or advice.
First, drug use: I have used some form of marijuana (smoking, edibles) 5 times since starting college. It was incredibly minimal and purely experimental each time. Regrettably, the last time was just over 2 weeks ago, before I had any idea about my internship acceptance. Although I intend never to do this again, I’m thinking this will be enough to get me denied.
In addition, I had some serious issues with my parents as a teen, that were provoked mainly by them but ended with me being forced into spending a week in an inpatient treatment facility, as well as being referred to a juvenile delinquency counselor: the issue was resolved, and no charges were pressed. I was 15. I have since had counseling on and off and was recently prescribed medication.
I’m wondering what I should do. A family member is adamant that I omit the drug use because I’m “not a pothead” (which I’m definitely very much not), but all advice I’ve heard says otherwise. Is the marijuana use enough to get me denied? Is the mental health situation? Do I have any hope of ever getting a clearance?
I’d greatly appreciate any advice. I’m deeply regretful and have cried over my mistakes already, but at this point I just want to move forward and accept my actions and their consequences. With that being said, if anyone thinks I stand a chance of being cleared for the internship, I’d really appreciate your help. This has been a dream of mine, and I foolishly did not realize how seriously the security clearance process could affect my acceptance.