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Usha E. Pitts - Careers in Diplomacy - CAC

Strasser Legacy Room 220 Eggers Hall

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Moynihan Institute, Central Asia and the Caucasus Research Group present:

Usha E. Pitts, Diplomat in Residence (DIR), Foreign Service Officer at U.S. Department of State

Careers in Diplomacy

Few employers will pay you to live and work abroad, but the U.S. Department of State is one of them.  We hire Americans over the age of 20 from all walks of life and backgrounds.  If you are attracted to public service and want to live abroad, come hear more about this unique lifestyle from career diplomat Usha Pitts.  Ms. Pitts will provide tips for taking the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), open to all aspiring diplomats.  Americans who speak intermediate/advanced Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, or Mandarin can also apply for the Consular Fellows Program, a contract job providing services to the public at U.S. Embassies abroad.  Seniors, new graduates, and mid-career professionals can apply for specialist jobs in information technology, office management, law enforcement, security, medicine, construction, and engineering. 

Usha Pitts has been an American diplomat for twenty years, serving tours in Russia, Cuba, Panama, Italy, Austria, and Brazil.  Ms. Pitts is currently posted to New York City, where she works as an educator and State Department recruiter. Committed to ensuring our diplomats reflect the true face of America, Ms. Pitts recruits a diversity of American citizens to careers with the State Department.  She teaches a course at The City College of New York on diplomacy, and gives presentations, writing workshops, and advice to young people who aspire to an international career.  In 2020, Ms. Pitts and her family will move to China, where she will begin her next overseas assignment as the U.S. Consul General in Wuhan.

You can find more details about working for the U.S. Department of State at and

For information on accessibility, or to request accommodation, please contact Havva Karakas-Keles at 315-443-9931.

Sponsored by the International Relations Program, Central Asia and the Caucasus Research Group and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.



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