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 the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, one of the Department’s major international educational exchange programs. More»

The State Department benefits 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

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Maine totaled $2.7 billion, which supported 17,543 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Maine hosted 4,477 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 41 scholars, students and teachers from Maine were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 9 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maine. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) 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. (ECA) More»

    • 1,396 international higher education students studied abroad in Maine. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Department’s 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)

    • The Third Senior Arctic Officials Meeting of the U.S. Presidency of the Arctic Council took place in Portland October 4-6, 2016. In conjunction with the meeting, the University of Southern Maine sponsored a Maine-Arctic Forum and an Arctic Workshop. (OES) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 607. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental 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»

    • 63 Maine residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Maine National Guard State Partnership Program with Montenegro founded in 2006. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 63,821. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 73. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 15 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Maine. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • The Diplomatic Security Boston Field Office serves Maine. 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) More»