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

Fast Fact

Attorney General Janet Mills and former Governor John Baldacci are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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

  • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Maine. 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. (S/GP) More»
  • In FY17, Maine-based companies received approval to export $23,310,311 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Maine hosted 4,812 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) 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 $2.6 billion (2017) support approximately 117,568 Maine jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Maine supports an additional 34,700 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Maine. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): 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»
  • 48 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Maine were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 9 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maine in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 1,341 international higher education students studied abroad in Maine in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 148 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maine, and 125 Maine residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 288. 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»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maine National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Montenegro, founded in 2006. (PM) More»
  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), a federal prosecutor from Maine has been deployed to Senegal to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions in West Africa. (INL) More»
  • Maine residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 2,249 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded funds to the Portland-based Biodiversity Research Institute for the development and implementation of training resources for artisanal and small-scale gold miners in South America. The purpose of this award is to develop and distribute a series of formalized training modules on appropriate mining technologies to improve efficiency, increase gold recovery, and reduce reliance on mercury among artisan in the Andean region. (OES) More»
  • The Third Senior Arctic Officials Meeting of the U.S. presidency of the Arctic Council took place in Portland from October 4-6, 2016. In addition to the meeting itself, OES officers participated in the Maine-Arctic Forum and the University of Southern Maine Arctic Workshop. (OES)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 86,303. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 72. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 21 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Maine. 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 Boston Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Maine. (DSS) More»