Center: Consul General Robert Silberstein stands with six enthusiastic 2019 interns and (third from left) Human Resources Supervisor Tehmina Maqbool. Photo by Narendar Kumar

Interns promote opportunity at ConGen Karachi

By Brian Kressin The U.S. Consulate in Karachi’s internship program, which just finished its second year, was a first for Mission Pakistan. Once the consulate received approval in the spring of 2018, they reached out...
“Stay Safe” by Pony Ma from Santa Monica, Calif., is one of the 23 murals being showcased through “Art for the People.” This mural is located at the embassy’s east gate. Photo courtesy of Embassy Beijing

Embassy Beijing promotes American values through “Art for the People”

By Justin Walls When COVID-19 pandemic restrictions kept American diplomats behind embassy walls, Beijing’s public affairs section (PAS) turned the embassy’s sprawling exterior into a canvas for American street art—a visual rejoinder to the People’s...
Actress Cristela Alonzo speaks with a virtual audience during a HECFAA-sponsored panel event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 20. Photo by Camelia Valldejuly

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

By Camelia Valldejuly and Isabel Romero Founded in 1982, the Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA) is a non-profit organization and Department of State employee affinity group that works to promote the recruitment,...

FSI launches new learning management system

By L. David Tigreros, PMP, CISSP The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) announced the launch of FSiLearn, the Department of State’s newest online learning platform, Nov. 9, 2020. FSiLearn boasts a robust suite of tools and...
Steven Manders (red sweater) and members of Embassy Lusaka’s Marine Security Guard detachment (from left) Derius Wright, Nathanael Deschesne, Thomas Lopez, and Daunte Oronabuild, build a pond at an elephant orphanage in Lusaka National Park, Zambia, June 27. Photo courtesy of Embassy Lusaka

Lusaka colleagues build watering hole for orphan elephants

By Carol Borg  When the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust announced their annual call for proposals, Steve Manders jumped at the chance to use his skills to make a difference. Manders is a retired...
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung (center), from the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, visits with locals in a Sembremos Seguridad community during a trip to Desamparados, San José. Photo by Eladio Ramirez

INL transforms the face of security in Costa Rica

By Carla Ortega  With no military—and located just a stone’s throw from the biggest cocaine-producing countries in the world—Costa Rica is a prime target for drug traffickers. In fact, Costa Rica was the number one...

Creating a culture of inclusion

By Andrea Cilliers  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a monumental step in recognizing and protecting a segment of citizens whose civil rights had been disregarded and discounted. Despite various social movements...
Staff members from Consulate Azores virtually attend a meet-and-greet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal George Glass (center), hosted at Embassy Lisbon, Dec. 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Embassy Portugal

Consulate Azores celebrates 225 years of diplomacy

By Kathryn Hammond Portugal’s Azores islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, celebrates the 225th anniversary as the oldest continually operating U.S. consulate in the world, July 7. Opened in 1795...
The Charlie Porter Quintet performs at the Katara Opera House, Nov. 27. Photo by Tracy Castro Aguilar

Cultural programs unite Americans and Qataris during a momentous year

By Michael Pointer For the past decade, Qatar Museums has selected one country per year with which to celebrate a “Year of Culture.” In 2021, they chose the United States. Embassy Doha’s Public Affairs team...
American Presence Officer Christopher Crawford (sixth from left), mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau (center, at podium with sash), and representatives of the French government join together for the inauguration of William Henry Hunt Square in Saint-Etienne, France, March 17. Photo by Monica Ann Schager

Trailblazing African American diplomat honored in France

By Monica Ann Schager The American consulate in Lyon joined the town hall of Saint-Etienne for the inauguration of William Hunt Square in March 2022. Saint-Etienne is a city of nearly 200,000 people in central...

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