U.S. Department of State employees, with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. They represent the American people, advocate U.S. interests to the rest of the world and are America’s first line of defense in a complex and often dangerous world.

Browse employee stories below and learn about their professional and personal journeys while working with the Department of State. Click on a thumbnail of interest for more information.

Civil Service

Margaux

"I would definitely encourage anybody, no matter what age, to definitely look at the State Department because as I’m a great example, I don't have the political science or international-type background. I studied sociology, business and Russian and the State Department has a variety of different types of people, different backgrounds that really promote different thoughts and work experiences."

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Civil Service, Congressional Liaison
"I am passionate about foreign policy issues."

Margaux

Civil Service, Congressional Liaison

2378 Views
Juan

"I feel like only in the United States does somebody born in Colombia actually represent the United States in its bilateral relations with Colombia. So, it's been an amazing opportunity to interact with leaders in different countries to participate in policy-making."

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Civil Service, Foreign Affairs Officer
"I represent my new country."

Juan

Civil Service, Foreign Affairs Officer

3061 Views
April

"This is a very diverse agency we have people from many backgrounds, from many different areas of the world. Every day I learn something new and I grow — and I see the positive things that the agency is involved in and that's what gives you a sense of fulfillment, that you are making a difference."

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Civil Service, Human Resources Specialist
"I learn every day."

April

Civil Service, Human Resources Specialist

2340 Views
Tony

The skills that I brought forward include programming skills, data risk management skills, database integration skills and similar items. While on the job however, we did have to leverage new skill sets and learn it on the job to include business process management via tools and leveraging web services to talk between different database systems.

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Civil Service, Information Technology Specialist
"I help improve IT business processes."

Tony

Civil Service, Information Technology Specialist

1179 Views
Robert

“I highlight best practices in my inspections and evaluation. By doing that I think I make this place, the Department of State, a much better place to work.”

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Civil Service, Inspector
"I help make the Department efficient and effective."

Robert

Civil Service, Inspector

2333 Views
Roberta

"I was particularly drawn by how pictures and visual information is transmitted throughout the world and I was excited to have a part of that visual diplomacy and that lead me to the Department of State."

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Civil Service, Marketing Director
"I visually communicate diplomacy."

Roberta

Civil Service, Marketing Director

2258 Views
Rene

“It’s like a whole different life for me, a whole different journey. It’s been challenging but it's been fun at the same time. I’ve gotten to do things I’ve never dreamed of, to work in a place, I would never have dreamed that Hillary Clinton would have been my boss.”

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Civil Service, Procurement Analyst
"I started a new chapter of my life."

Rene

Civil Service, Procurement Analyst

2056 Views
John

"I was one person, but I was representing the United States government and it really hit home, and to me — it made a huge difference just seeing how a young woman with such a small part can do such a big thing."

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Civil Service, Public Affairs Specialist
"I represent something bigger."

John

Civil Service, Public Affairs Specialist

2296 Views
Sally

"I have the best of both worlds. I have my home here in Washington D.C. and I do travel frequently, usually four or five times a year. I've been to 56 countries. I don't think there is any other place I could do that."

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Civil Service, Report Officer
I’ve seen the world

Sally

Civil Service, Report Officer

1198 Views
Ron

"The Department of State offers the ability to do something for my country, and that was the most inviting aspect to it all. It's very difficult to live in Washington and not be a part of the political scene, and I think that once you connect you begin to understand what Washington is all about and that was what drew me to it."

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Civil Service, Staff Assistant
"I’m part of the political process."

Ron

Civil Service, Staff Assistant

2580 Views
Sehreen

“I feel that communication is truly an art. Not only in how we communicate amongst ourselves in the government and U.S., but in how we build lasting relationships with publics overseas. This ability to communicate effectively and across borders is essential to my job, and I enjoy engaging our worldwide partners in diplomatic efforts.”

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Civil Service, Strategic Planning Officer
“I connect Americans to foreign nationals.”

Sehreen

Civil Service, Strategic Planning Officer

1461 Views
Corneal

“My motivation for pursuing a career and completing my degree program was my children. I strive to lead by example and provide positive assurance that, through hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”

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Civil Service, Training Technician
“I am a U.S. veteran dedicated to democracy for all.”

Corneal

Civil Service, Training Technician

1968 Views
Marc

“I always wanted a unique job that would have an impact on the world. My career with the U.S. Department of State lets me work in a multi-cultural, collaborative environment where I have the satisfaction of knowing that my skills can do just that—make a difference in the world we live in.”

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Civil Service, Video Specialist
“I am passionate about American foreign policy.”

Marc

Civil Service, Video Specialist

1434 Views

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