The U.S. Department of State is focused on accomplishing America's mission of diplomacy at home and around the world. Here, you will learn more about how and where we perform this important work, our Foreign and Civil Service bureaus, as well as the details about our influential history.
Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
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Students of all levels will find that the U.S. Department of State is a rewarding place to acquire skills that will last a lifetime. We have a variety of programs, from summer clerical positions to management fellowships, all of which allow students from high school to the post-graduate level the ability to participate in projects vital to the success of U.S. foreign policy. Overseas or in Washington D.C., there's a student program that matches your background and will help you to achieve your goals.
Visit careers.state.gov/student to learn more about the different student programs in the U.S. Department of State.
Meet our Current Diplomat-In-Residence
Miriam (“Mimi”) Hughes, a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, became the seventh U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia on August 2, 2007.
Ambassador Hughes, who holds the rank of Minister Counselor, has built a diplomatic career spanning more than 30 years in a variety of consular, policy and management positions. She previously served as Deputy United States Representative to the Economic and Social Council at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. From 2005-2007 at the UN, she led a section handling a wide range of multilateral negotiations on economic, social and human rights issues. Her team advocated for sustainable development, good governance and fundamental rights.
Prior to the UN, Ambassador Hughes served in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs as Director of the Office of Policy, Public and Congressional Affairs. Earlier in her career, she served as Consul General in Mexico City and Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Greece. Other diplomatic assignments include Santo Domingo, Quito, Bangkok and London. In Thailand, she monitored and reported on conditions in UN refugee camps for Cambodians and Vietnamese. In Greece, she promoted U.S. business opportunities and analyzed emerging developments in the Balkans.
Ambassador Hughes was born in New York City and received a BA degree in government from Barnard College. She speaks Spanish and Greek. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hughes worked for United Press International. She is the mother of one daughter and is also a grandmother.
Florida A&M University
Former Diplomats-In-Residence who served at FAMU
|No. ||Name of Diplomat ||Yrs. ||Served Location of DIR Office |
|1st ||Mr. Joseph Hilliard, Jr. ||2001-2003 ||School of Business and Industry |
|2nd ||Amb. Sylvia Stanfield ||2003-2005 ||International Education & Development |
|3rd ||Mr. Hugh Williams, Jr. ||2005-2007 ||International Education & Development |
|4th ||Dr. Christopher Davis ||2007-2008 ||International Education & Development |
| 5th || Roberto Powers|| 2008-2009 || International Education & Development |