South Carolina

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

Fast Fact

Two former Secretaries of State were South Carolina residents: John Caldwell Calhoun and James Francis Byrnes.

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

  • In March 2017, Japanese rubber and plastic automotive part manufacturer Fukoku America announced it will invest nearly $14 million in its Laurens County operations, creating 65 new jobs. (EAP) More»
  • South Carolina hosted 6,163 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services is headquartered in Charleston. CGFS is ISO-9001:2008 certified; it supplies the Department’s core financial services and supports nearly 24/7 financial services to the Department, USAID, and more than 45 federal entities worldwide. CGFS is active in recruiting at local colleges and universities. (CGFS) More»
  • In FY17, South Carolina-based companies received approval to export $79,656,481 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • The Department invested more than $1.4 million in human resources for its Charleston Service Center. (M/DGHR) More»
  • Savannah River National Laboratory received $414,324 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) 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 $ $32.2 billion (2017) support approximately 156,598 South Carolinian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into South Carolina supports an additional 133,000 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in South Carolina. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Arnold Chacon): 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»
  • 19 Scholars, Students and Teachers from South Carolina were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 33 international students received a Fulbright to study in South Carolina in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 6,636 international higher education students studied abroad in South Carolina in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 221 exchange visitors from overseas visited South Carolina, and 139 South Carolina residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations within South Carolina, including the Finance School, Adjutant General School and Chaplin School at Fort Jackson, the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, and the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of South Carolina while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • Clemson University and Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) joined together to promote a cross-cultural physics and engineering programming. The program organized collaborative sessions between students and faculty of both universities to promote global operational solutions. 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»
  • For the past three years, International Leadership in Education Program (ILEP) alumnae Sandra Jara has led a US Consulate General Guadalajara-sponsored high school exchange program called Activa Tu Speaking. The program connects high school students in Jalisco and Aguascalientes, Mexico with their counterparts at JLMann High School in Greenville, South Carolina through weekly online conversations and subject-based joint projects. Over the course of the academic year, students have the opportunity to practice their foreign language skills in a real-life context using vocabulary relevant to future careers in hard science and social science. The exchange culminates in a select number of students traveling to visit each other’s high schools in person, thereby uniting these communities across borders. (WHA/ECA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Through Orbis, based in Charleston, SC, the INL Bureau Air Wing conducts programmed depot maintenance on the Department's fixed wing fleet of aircraft, maintaining the aircraft in flyable storage, employing 75 personnel. (INL) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) based out of Shaw Air Force Base. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • South Carolina residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 2,540 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 242. 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 South Carolina National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Colombia founded in 2012. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the South Carolina National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Suriname founded in 2006. (PM) More»
  • Charleston was one of 12 sites around the country (and 40 others internationally) that participated in the third annual Fishackathon from April 22-14, 2016. Fishackathon is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the expansion of mobile phone and internet use across the developing world to address sustainable fishery challenges. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones and other devices, which can help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 280,237. (CA) More»
  • The Charleston Passport Center comprises 234 government employees and 218 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 104. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 83 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from South Carolina. 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 Charleston, South Carolina. 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 Charleston Resident Office reports to the Washington Field Office. (DSS) More»