Rhode Island

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

Fast Fact

Two Pulitzer Prize winners from Rhode Island - Galway Kinnell (Poetry) and Martin Bernheimer (Criticism) – were scholars in the prestigious Fulbright international educational exchange program. 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.

Rhode Island

  • 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 Rhode Island totaled $2.1 billion, which supported 9,117 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed $1 million to Bristol-based Solar Sister, a program connected to the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). The program contributes to wPOWER’s goal of building an Africa-wide network of women entrepreneurs by providing training and entrepreneurship opportunities in sales and distribution of small-scale clean energy technologies. (OES)

    • Rhode Island hosted 1,750 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 Rhode Island. (HR)

  • Education

    • 34 scholars, students and teachers from Rhode Island were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 26 international students received a Fulbright to study in Rhode Island. (ECA) More»

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

    • Salve Regina University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic organized a study abroad and service program that included elements of administration of justice, health care administration, nursing, and social work. The program also provided a minor in Spanish for Health and Service Professionals. These exchanges are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»

    • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $210,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Roger Williams University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPI) More»

    • 5,409 international higher education students studied abroad in Rhode Island. (ECA) More»

    • 42 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island and 66 Rhode Island residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 337. 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»

    • Rhode Island hosts students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program with the Bahamas founded in 2005. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 60,023. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 28. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 8 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Rhode Island. 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 Rhode Island. 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»