Passion for travel and a desire to explore international affairs careers can open numerous opportunities! If you are interested in working for the U.S. State Department, this article and video are for you. In this article/video, I introduce who are “Diplomats in Residence” (DIRs). Diplomats in Residence are career foreign service officers or specialists dedicated to guiding those interested in the U.S. Department of State, including internships, fellowships, and education. If you have questions about diplomacy, a diplomat in residence can definitely answer them.
Diplomats in Residence are seasoned professionals with extensive foreign service careers. They are located throughout the U.S., offering insights into international affairs and the U.S. Department of State. There is a diplomat in residence based on where you are living/from in the United States.
Finding a diplomat in residence is easy on careers.state.gov. Scroll to the page’s bottom or use the top search bar. The Diplomat in Residence page displays a U.S. map highlighting regions. Click a state or region for detailed diplomat information. To connect with a DIR, use the email icon on their profile.
The Diplomat in Residence page also lists “Recruitment Events,” categorized by state and online options, for exploring U.S. Department of State career opportunities. Be sure to take advantage of these events. They can be really informative. It is a great way to learn more about this career and to get your questions answered by a diplomat.
Careers.state.gov and the Diplomats in Residence program are amazing resources for international affairs and U.S. Department of State careers! For more on travel, international affairs careers, diplomacy, and insightful interviews, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and sign up for the newsletter on my site. Your feedback matters. Safe travels, and good luck in your international affairs/diplomacy journey!