Careers and Fellowships with the U.S. Department of State

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Join us for a very special webinar event on career and fellowship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

ONIF, the Global Policy Institute, and the department of the Political Science and International Relations are pleased to welcome the following guest speakers:

  • Jason Vorderstrasse, Diplomat in Residence for the U.S. Department of State. Vorderstrasse joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2004 and currently serves as the Diplomat in Residence for Southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada.  Prior to this assignment, he served as the Reports and Blockchain Coordinator and the Deputy Director of the Office of International Labor Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Previously, he worked as the Chief of the Political and Economic Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, Mexico. Other assignments include Chile Desk Officer in Washington, Global Affairs Officer for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, Consul in Hong Kong, and Vice Consul in Kingston, Jamaica. 
  • Kala Bokelman, Diplomatic Security Special Agent for the U.S. Department of State. Bokelman is an LMU alum, having received her MBA in 2001! She has been a Diplomatic Security special agent for over 14 years. Her domestic assignments include the San Francisco Field Office and Washington, D.C., headquarters. She has also served as the assistant regional security officer (ARSO) in Maputo and Baghdad, and ARSO-Investigator in San Jose. Roughly half of her time in DS has been spent investigating crimes involving human trafficking, sexual assault and fugitive returns. Read more about her time investigating human trafficking.
  • Divya Bhatia, Global Talent Management Intern for the U.S. Department of State. Divya is a graduating senior studying Global Health, Climate Change, and Human Solutions at the University of California, San Diego. She began her internship with the U.S. Department of State in December.

Speakers will share their experience working for the DOS as well as best practices for students interested in exploring these careers. Attendees will also learn about fellowship opportunities within DOS, including the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, Rangel Graduate Fellowship, and Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program.

For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and shared.

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