Hey Travelers! I recently headed to the Washington Monument to conduct my very first street interview with the theme “Can you become a diplomat?” My mission is to educate and inspire underrepresented groups to travel boldly with confidence and pursue careers in international affairs, including diplomacy.
During the interview, I posed a series of questions to raise awareness about diplomacy, shedding light on this incredible career. The questions covered various aspects, such as whether diplomats need college, which federal agency issues passports to American citizens, who the first secretary of state was, and where the State Department headquarters is located.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Participants enjoyed themselves, and some even learned a couple of new things about diplomacy.
Thank you to all of the brave participants for participating!
Below, you’ll find my “Can You Become A Diplomat? Composure Under Fire Street Edition” interviews.
No. To become a U.S. Diplomat for the Department of State there is no specific academic degree or professional experience. However, despite this, note that the process to becoming a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State is rigorous. There are several steps you have to take in order to become a diplomat. These steps include:
The U.S. State Department is the federal agency that issues passports to American citizens. And while it’s true that U.S. passport agencies processes routine and urgent passport requests and you can get an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy, both fall under the U.S. Department of State.
Thomas Jefferson, appointed by George Washington in 1789, served as the first Secretary of State.
Everyone got this questions right! The State Department is located in Washington D.C.
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