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U.S. Department of State

An Exciting Career Option: U.S. Department of State



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The men and women employed by the Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. To achieve their mission, they manage diplomatic relations with other countries and international institutions; promote peace and stability in regions of vital interest; support U.S. businesses at home and abroad; help developing nations establish stable economic environments; provide information and services for citizens traveling and living abroad; and issue visas for foreign persons wishing to enter the United States.

Consult the various links below to learn how your energy and education can enable you to play a substantive role in the international arena of diplomacy.

Lewis Lukens, Ambassador
Ambassador Lewis Lukens, Diplomat in Residence

Available Resources:
Inside a U.S. Embassy - How the Foreign Service Works for America
Read this book in 215 South Hall

Information on the Foreign Service Officer Test Study Guide

Ken's Tips on opportunities in the State Department.

Other Resources (unofficial but useful)

Related background information:

Need more information? See Ken Barnes in 211 South Hall or email klbarnes@ucdavis.edu.