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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arizona state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arizona state flag © Public Domain

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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is a leading contributor and collaborator for the Edward R. Murrow program, the prestigious international exchange program for foreign journalists. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Of the 7,488 Arizona exporters in 2013, 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Arizona exports totaled $21.2 billion. Those exports supported 93,354 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Phoenix and Montreal with an estimated impact of $3.6 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • Arizona hosted 3,312 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $8 million to Arizona’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions (INL). More»

    • 10 partnerships were created in Arizona under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Brazil, Belize, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, and St. Lucia. (WHA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Arizona. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 41 State Scholars, Students, and Teachers from Arizona. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence: (Jasper Daniels): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals, and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Maricopa Community College to host a Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participant from Nairobi. The program helps to raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • 415 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arizona and 251 Arizona residents traveled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Arizona received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership with a university in Afghanistan in journalism for three years. Arizona State University received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in American literature in Pakistan for three years. (SCA)

    • 230 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Arizona through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The University of Arizona participated in an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Arizona hosted 75 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 3,052. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Arizona Administrative Office of Courts to deploy a judge to Costa Rica to participate in a training exercise on DNA evidence. Also, through this partnership, the Clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court conducted an assessment to help Jamaica develop enhanced statistical capabilities. (INL) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 222,440 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 111 (CA) More»

    • The National Passport Information Center, the Tucson Passport Center, and the Western Passport Center combined employ 161 government and 164 contract staff. (CA)

    • 105 Arizona families participated in overseas adoptions. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Los Angeles Field Office serves Arizona: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Offices: Phoenix and Tucson Investigative Field Offices) More»


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