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

Fast Fact

Former U.S. Senator and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar, in conjunction with Former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, created the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study program. More»

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

  • Indiana hosted 4,469 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Indiana-based companies received approval to export $296,370,887 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • In January 2017, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana (TMMI) announced plans to invest $600 million into its Princeton operations, leading to 400 new jobs by the end of 2019. (EAP) More»
  • In March 2018, Japan’s NTK Precision Axle Corporation announced it will invest over $100 million to build and equip a new 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Anderson, Indiana and create about 200 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • In January 2017, Japan’s Toyota North America announced that it will add 400 new jobs at its plant in Princeton, investing $600 million to modernize and expand production. (EAP) More»
  • Japan-based automotive supplier Fukai Toyotetsu Indiana Corporation announced in June 2017, that it will invest $56.9 million to double its Jametown facility, creating up to 103 new jobs by 2020. (EAP) More»
  • In August, Japan-based, Kimura Group, a global manufacturer of alloy castings for the automotive and industrial sectors, announced plans for the establishment of its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, a $8 million investment that will support approximately 20 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $263,000 to the economy of Indiana through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $37.8 billion (2017) support approximately 182,228 Indianan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Indiana supports an additional 190,900 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Indiana. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 76 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Indiana were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 127 international students received a Fulbright to study in Indiana in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 30,600 international higher education students studied abroad in Indiana in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 568 exchange visitors from overseas visited Indiana, and 311 Indiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, and University of Notre Dame are participating schools in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • A high school student from Indiana 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. (S/GP) More»
  • 569 exchange visitors from overseas visited Indiana and 311 Indiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the U.S. for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty-two students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at Indiana University and Purdue University. (WHA) More»
  • Purdue University and two universities from Colombia: Universidad EAFIT and Universidad del Norte created internship and research study abroad opportunities for university students from underprivileged students. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»
  • Marian University and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil created a new, interdisciplinary study abroad for Marian University students who wanted to study material relating to Women’s Rights and Women’s empowerment in the Western Hemisphere. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Notre Dame are participating schools in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,042. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates 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. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • On October 30, 2017, Indiana and Karnataka of India became sister-states in the hopes to promote economic cooperation between the two states. (EAP) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Purdue University, the University of Tennessee and the Chinese Academy of Sciences promotes research collaboration on climate change, sustainability, and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding.” (OES)
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, engaged audiences in Vietnam on regional politics, including South China Sea issues. As a result of his successful meetings with influential leaders from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, laid the groundwork for longer-term collaborations that will likely impact the United States economically, e.g. potential academic exchanges with the University of Indiana. To date, plans are underway for a University of Indiana professor to assist the minister of education on developing a master plan for higher education in Vietnam (IIP). More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Indiana National Guard State Partnership Program with Niger founded in 2017. (PM) More»
  • 86 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Indiana on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Indiana residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 1,813 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Indiana hosted 6 faculty from universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 12 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • The INL Bureau-supported Friends of the Private Public Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan program provides opportunities to a small number of the highest-performing Afghan law graduates to pursue their LL.M. studies at top law schools in the United States. Currently, one scholar is pursuing his LL.M. at Notre Dame Law School at South Bend, Indiana and the other at Emory Law School at Atlanta, Georgia. These LL.M. candidates will return to Afghanistan to advance their impact on Afghan justice institutions and the rule of law sector. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) since 2016. In 2017, the IMPD conducted a two-week training program for Armenian police investigators on basic criminal investigations and investigative interviewing. (INL) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 263,999. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 143. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 202 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Indiana. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA/OCS) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Chicago Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Indiana. (DSS) More»