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

Fast Fact

George Marshall, Secretary of State and architect of the post-WWII Marshall plan, was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 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

  • The U.S. Department of State invested $10,962 toward career events in Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN-MNSA) More»
  • Pennsylvania hosted 12,993 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, Pennsylvania-based companies received approval to export $607,969,946 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • In 2017, one partnership was created between a Pennsylvania-based small business center and a small business center based in Guatemala under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program Guatemala. (WHA) 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 $38.6 billion (2017) support approximately 176,514 Pennsylvanian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Pennsylvanian supports an additional 300,800 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Pennsylvania. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Usha Pitts): 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»
  • 132 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Pennsylvania were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 211 international students received a Fulbright to study in Pennsylvania in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 51,129 international higher education students studied abroad in Pennsylvania in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 638 exchange visitors from overseas visited Pennsylvania, and 450 Pennsylvania residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The University of Pittsburgh and the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil partnered to create design teams for senior engineering students at both universities, allowing participants to fulfill senior-year capstone research requirements. 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»
  • Through a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, Northampton Community College and SENA Centro Tecnológico de Gestión Industrial, Medellín (Colombia) developed a study-abroad course focused on sustainable energy systems. The program engages technical engineering students and faculty from both institutions in a rich and full intercultural experience that minimizes student cost and time away from other obligations. (WHA) More»
  • With their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería – UNI (Peru) are developing a summer exchange program focusing on Global Engineering Culture and Society, offering students the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of culture, language, and engineering on a global scale. Penn State and UNI aim to increase student mobility and improve student retention and graduation rates, specifically among minority and low-income students, recognizing the crucial role that study abroad plays in student success. Students participating in the program will develop important competencies in research, collaboration, and cultural awareness to prepare them for success in completing their studies and pursuing future opportunities internationally. (WHA) More»
  • Wilkes University, (U.S.), with Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (Panama) are collaborating on the creation of an environmental engineering program that will focus on technical innovation, such as using key geospatial technologies and data or learning about drone technology with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Bucknell University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered Pennsylvania State University $100,000 in grant funding to train young engineers in technology commercialization. (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)
  • Partnerships

  • Pennsylvania hosted 86 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»
  • Gettysburg College and University of Pittsburg 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»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 2,147. 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»
  • 87 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Pennsylvania on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Pennsylvania residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 12,868 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Joyce Bender, CEO of Bender Consulting Services, and host of the radio show Disability Matters and the vice chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities, engaged private and public sector audiences in South Korea on the importance of working in partnership to hire people with disabilities into the workforce. Her program directly resulted in a visit of a high-level South Korean delegation to Pittsburgh to learn more about programs administered by U.S. companies to promote inclusiveness. Additionally, Bender returned to Seoul and met with Microsoft and other U.S. businesses to launch a pilot program to encourage American companies in South Korea to employ disabled individuals. This pilot also provides a platform for sharing the United States’ long history as the gold standard for addressing the stigma faced by people with disabilities, and the great strides made to create an inclusive workplace for all. (IIP) More»
  • Spirit of Soccer, based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is a U.K. and U.S. registered nonprofit that uses soccer/football skills clinics and tournaments to educate children about the dangers posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war in conflict and post-conflict regions. Spirit of Soccer received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY17. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Army War College located at Carlisle Barracks. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • INL began formally partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in 2017. In 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections hosted a delegation of six officials from El Salvador exploring prison design and construction as El Salvador builds new and renovates existing prisons throughout the country. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) since 2014. In 2017, the PSP hosted a study visit by a group of West African law enforcement officials on use of force and de-escalation techniques. (INL) More»
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra received a grant to visit Mongolia in June 2017, the first ever visit of a major U.S. orchestra to the country. The Pennsylvania-based Orchestra’s delegation included 18 musicians, who held performances and master classes for a range of audiences around the Ulaanbaatar area. (EAP) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 4 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Pennsylvania State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Pennsylvania National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Lithuania founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 701,216. (CA) More»
  • The Philadelphia Passport Agency comprises 41 government employees and 32 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 289. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 176 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Pennsylvania. 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 and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Regional responsibility includes 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. The Philadelphia Resident Office reports to the New York Field Office. (DSS) More»