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U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence

A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm is the Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest, responsible for engagement and recruiting throughout northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia.  Prior to her three years in Skopje, Micaela directed the Crisis Management Support unit in the Department of State’s Operations Center, having served in the Operations Center previously as a Watch Officer from 1999-2000. 
Overseas, Micaela has also worked at the U.S. embassies in Zagreb, Cairo, Baghdad, Tunis and Kathmandu and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she was the Public Affairs Officer and spokesperson for the Consulate.  In addition to her tours in the Operations Center, Micaela served in Washington as staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.
Micaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the National War College.  She has studied the Macedonian, Arabic, French and Nepali languages.

There are many ways you can benefit from the Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence program. This year, Micaela will:

·        Represent the Department of State at Career Fairs and other events
·        Engage in outreach to underrepresented students
·        Guide candidates through the Foreign Service application and examination process
·        Inform students about internship opportunities with the Department of State
·        Hold student appointments, and answer staff, faculty, and student questions via email

For more information on State Department careers and student programs, visit careers.state.gov, which answers virtually all the basic questions anyone may have about career paths and internships within State’s offices throughout the United States and at more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world.

Micaela welcomes inquiries and referrals from the university community. However, because she covers a large territory from her base at Cal, she urges you to review the information available on this website before making an inquiry. Micaela can be contacted via email at DIRNorthwest@state.gov.  The DIR Office is located in the Career Center.

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