Diplomat-in-Residence Visits Virtually during International Education Week 2020

Danielle A. Harms, Diplomat-in-Residence, DIR New York Metro (NJ, NJ, PA)

Danielle Harms, Diplomat-in-Residence at CUNY, gave a virtual presentation on Career Opportunities and Student Programs in the Department of State to the College of Staten Island on November 18 to cap off CSI’s celebration of International Education Week 2020.
 
Sixty-plus attendees including faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars virtually met with Harms, asking questions and discussing matters involving careers in foreign service, and other topics that pertained to foreign diplomacy. 

Harms discussed the various branches of career foreign service (there are five career tracks, in total: Management, Consular, Public Diplomacy, Economics, and Political.)  “It is one of the most rewarding careers; you’ll always learn something new,” she said when explaining the advantages of careers in Foreign Service. “You are so proud to represent your country.”

Harms then invited the students to apply for a career in Foreign Service, including paid and unpaid internship programs; explaining how to register for the requisite exam; and providing information on the Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows programs.

Diplomats-in-Residence (DIRs) are experienced Foreign Service Officers who can provide additional guidance regarding career opportunities and student programs with the U.S. Department of State. http://careers.state.gov

This presentation was sponsored by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars HQ located at California State University, Eta Lambda chapter and the Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island.

About Danielle Harms

Danielle Harms joined the Foreign Service in March 2003 and is a Public Diplomacy-focused Foreign Service Generalist.

Her domestic assignments include service as the Senior Advisor to the Office of Eastern European Affairs covering Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova (EUR/EE), the Senior Israel Desk Officer in the Office of Israeli and Palestinian Affairs (NEA/IPA), and the Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for ten countries in central Europe (EUR/PD).

She has also served overseas as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden; Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and as the Consular Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland.

About the Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement offers many grants and scholarships, as well as study-abroad opportunities. Programs such as “Passport Day,” “Meet the CUNY Diplomat-in-Residence,” and study abroad all offer CSI students the unique opportunity not only to take part in a “world-class” education metaphorically, but also allows them to embark on vast learning opportunities all over the world. www.csi.cuny.edu/international.

Diplomats-in-Residence (DIRs) are experienced Foreign Service Officers who can provide additional guidance regarding career opportunities and student programs with the U.S. Department of State. http://careers.state.gov

This presentation was sponsored by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars HQ located at California State University, Eta Lambda chapter and the Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island.

By Winnie Brophy