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

Fast Fact

North Carolina is ranked #17 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities. 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.

North Carolina

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 10,582 North Carolina exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, North Carolina exports totaled $31.4 billion. Those exports supported 164,023 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Two of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows are from North Carolina. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Duke Energy –with the City of Charlotte– and ENN/XIN’AO Group –with the City of Langfang– stimulated innovation on solar and energy efficient technologies. Learn more on EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • North Carolina hosted 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 $3.5 million to the North Carolina economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $66,000 to North Carolina-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • HomeWellness, a company founded by partners from North Carolina and Chile, was among sixteen finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA/GP) More»

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

  • Education

    • 82 Scholars, Students and Teachers from North Carolina were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»
    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Rich Jaworski): 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»
    • Two high school students from North Carolina participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections, and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)
    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins and UNC-Chapel Hill partnership – HIV-associated Malignancies in Malawi. (S/GAC) More»
    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Duke U. Global Health Institute - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (Tanzania). (S/GAC) More»
    • Bennett College hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»
    • The Department of State provided grant funding to North Carolina community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The programs help raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»
    • Academic partnerships with South African Universities: Appalachian State University (public government study abroad program); Duke University (Business); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Business). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»
    • 400 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina and 306 North Carolina residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore on sustainability research and education. (SCA) More»
    • Appalachian State University received a $397,714 cooperative agreement to manage a program offering educational and cultural opportunities to U.S. and Pakistani educators and students to improve cross-cultural competencies and broaden their world views. (SCA) More»
    • The University of North Carolina, Wilmington received a $994,635 to create a partnership with The International Islamic University, Islamabad, in politics and international relations. (SCA) More»
    • 67 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in North Carolina 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 Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The 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. Johnson C. Smith University, William Peace University, and Winthrop University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»
  • Partnerships

    • The Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) assigned to Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) works out of Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville. The POLAD assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) works out of Fort Bragg, adjacent to Fayetteville. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
    • North Carolina hosted 116 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»
    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 2,369. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»
    • The Department facilitates the North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program with the Republic of Moldova founded in 1999 and Botswana in 2008. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 301,152. (CA) More»

    • 130 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for North Carolina families in Fiscal Year 2014: 255. The Office of Children's Issues 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 Washington, D.C. Field Office serves North Carolina: 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. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Greensboro Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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