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

Ask A Diplomat_flyer (2)The International Center will be hosting an information session with Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence, Robert Neus, where you will learn about exciting careers and internship programs with the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, December 1 from 12:50-1:45 p.m. in The John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 102. Please note that most opportunities are only open to U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Department of State promotes freedom and democracy throughout the world, helping countries lift themselves out of poverty to become prosperous, stable and democratic states. We’re continuously striving to find ways to work together as a country to maximize the impact of America’s resources. Now we’re asking you, one of our greatest resources, to begin a public service career with the U.S. Department of State at one of our 270 worldwide locations.

With your diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge, and exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, you can become part of America’s leadership, contributing your innovative thinking and global perspective to support and expand our efforts worldwide.

If you cannot attend and are interested in careers with the U.S. Department of State, visit or connect with DOS Diplomat in Residence Midwest on Facebook.

About the speaker:
Robert Neus is the U.S. Department of State’s diplomat in residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was most recently (from 2012 – 2015) consular section chief at the U.S. Embassy in Croatia. His section was responsible for providing all consular services in-country: judicial assistance, U.S. federal benefits and emergency and non-emergency American Citizen Services for more than 260,000 tourists yearly. He served on the Interagency Country Team, as A/DCM and was appointed by the ambassador to the Board of the American International School of Zagreb. He chaired the International Cooperative Administrative Support Services Committee and was a member of Post’s Emergency Action Committee and the 25-country Embassy Consular Corps, meeting monthly with senior foreign officials on crisis preparedness and immigration issues.

Neus served two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where his unit was ranked among the top worldwide in both visa volume and fraud detection, with yearly fee collection responsibilities of several million USD. He served on the Mission Resource Plan working group and the International Visitor Leadership Program Committee.

He was also posted to U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia, Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, U.S. Interests Section Havana, Cuba and served short assignments in other regions.

He studied Croatian, Spanish and Portuguese at the Foreign Service Institute and Italian and basic Guarani previously. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.