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What Do Diplomats In Residence Do?

Administrative Support

School Selection


Diplomats in Residence for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

What Do Diplomats In Residence Do?

DIRs disseminate information about career opportunities not only at their home universities but                throughout the region where they are located; they

  • Identify and counsel diverse candidates for student and career opportunities;
  • Guide candidates through the Foreign Service written exam application and oral examination      process;
  • Represent the Department at conferences and career fairs;
  • Support programs sponsored by Foreign Affairs groups;
  • Engage in outreach to diversity and affinity groups the military, professional organizations and            other local groups.

Administrative Support

The Department of State pays the DIR salary and benefits, and Department of State-related travel                  expenses. The university gives the DIR a "home" in a department, and provides an office, general      administrative support, computer links and tech support and a telephone. The Bureau of Human            Resources at the State Department administers the program through the placement of officers at              host institutions, coordinates with DIRs on local and regional outreach and recruitment activities, and                    provides logistical and administrative support to the officer.

School Selection

The selection of schools for the program is directly linked to the attainment of the State Department's       outreach and recruitment objectives. Factors considered in the identification of potential DIR sites            include regional diversity, academic curriculum, size and composition of student population, and level             of institutional commitment to preparation of students for careers in international relations and public      service. An expression of interest from the school should  note how the assignment would contribute            to the host institution's program and the State Department's recruitment goals.

Diplomats in Residence for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

Kathleen R. Davis                      
                                                                                                        Howard University                                                                                                                                   Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center                                                                                              2218 6th Street, N.W.                                                                                                                   Washington, DC 20059                                                                                                                             Phone: (202) 806-5904                                                                                                                           Email: k_r_davis@howard.edu                                                                                        

Please see www.careers.state.gov for the listing of the DIR's located elsewhere in the United States.        This website also provides essential information to anyone considering a career with the Department of            State, including the Foreign Service.

The Department of State is committed to equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment for all            without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabling                        condition, political affiliation, marital status, or prior statutory, constitutionally protected activity.

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An essential service of the Bunche Center is the coordination of internship information with                    representatives from NGO's, U.S. Government agencies; think tanks and development organizations               to increase students' awareness of international-oriented internship and fellowship options. Since its             inception, the Bunche Center has been instrumental in successfully placing Howard University students            in internships in U.S. Government agencies (including especially the U.S. Department of State through          our Diplomat-In-Residence Program; and also have the Department of Commerce and Agriculture              and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative).  Student-interns also have been placed at            international organizations such as the United Nations and World Health Organization, and at            internationally-oriented non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Center for Strategic                 and International Studies (CSIS), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Africare, the                     African-America    Institute, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  The DIR program is                 central to the Department of State's effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich          diversity to the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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