Diplomat in Residence Julie Kavanagh will conduct an information session for St. Edward’s University students about career and internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Mabee Ballroom A, 3rd floor of the Ragsdale Center
About Diplomat In Residence Julie Kavanagh
Julie Kavanagh is the Diplomat in Residence for Texas for the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for seeking and assisting highly motivated, talented and diverse candidates to join the Department of State through student programs, career opportunities and other employment. She is a career Foreign Service officer, having joined the Department in 1990. Prior to coming to Texas, Ms. Kavanagh was the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to China from January 2017 to June 2017. She was also Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, responsible for consular operations and policy matters throughout China. She reported directly to the Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador. Ms. Kavanagh was the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Moscow, Russia from 2013–2015, where she was responsible for U.S. consular policy matters and consular operations throughout Russia. She also was the U.S. government’s Senior Officer in Charge during the Sochi Olympics. She has also served in Taiwan, Singapore, Colombia, China, Brazil and Washington. Ms. Kavanagh speaks Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese and rudimentary Russian. She is the recipient of four Superior Honor awards and four Meritorious Honor awards, as well as the 2006 Assistant Secretary’s Award for leadership.
- Education – M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Chicago; B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University
About U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Foreign Service is a corps of some 13,000 employees dedicated to representing America abroad and responding to the needs of American citizens living and traveling around the world. The Department’s Civil Service, totaling more than 11,000 employees, provides continuity and expertise in accomplishing all aspects of the Department’s mission. There are also more than 45,000 locally employed Foreign Service staff at overseas posts.
On September 15, 1789, the Department of Foreign Affairs became the U.S. Department of State whose mission was to provide for the safekeeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States and other purposes. Over the years, the U.S. Department of State has been responsible for a number of domestic duties ranging from publication of the census to control of copyright to management of the Mint. Today, the primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a freer, prosperous and secure world.
Thousands of committed and dedicated men and women pursue a career in public service through careers in diplomacy. With more than 25 different career paths available, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists can be sent to any embassy, consulate or diplomatic mission in the world at any time, including locations throughout the United States. Civil Service employees largely remain in Washington, D.C. or other domestic locations and provide continuity and expertise in achieving the Department’s mission. The Department also operates several other types of offices, most of which are located throughout the United States, including passport agencies, foreign press centers, logistic support offices, security offices, and financial service centers.
Sample of Career and Internship Programs Available at U.S. Department of State:
- Foreign Service Officers
- Foreign Service Specialists
- Consular Fellows Program
- Student Programs – paid & unpaid internships in DC & Abroad
- Civil Service Professional Fellowships
Learn more about all available opportunities here: https://careers.state.gov/