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North Dakota


  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • 57 North Dakota residents hosted or supported 11 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 255 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • The Department of State facilitates the North Dakota National Guard’s State Partnership Programs with Ghana, founded in 2004, and with Togo and Benin, founded in 2014. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • Researchers from North Dakota State University received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 

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  • In FY17, North Dakota-based companies received approval to export $10,871,641 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • North Dakota hosted 734 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • 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. In 2018, goods exported totaled $6.7 billion 2.8 billion. Those exports supported approximately 28,002 North Dakotan jobs 17,568 North Dakota jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into North Dakota supports an additional 12,600 jobs 34,200 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/nd.pdf 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $223 million to the economy of the state of North Dakota for potatoes and another $198 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and $127 million for sunflowers. More information is available here. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=north%20dakota&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in North Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 


  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • Two Scholars, Students and Teachers from North Dakota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 6 international students received a Fulbright to study in North Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • One student from North Dakota received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 2,179 international higher education students studied abroad in North Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 67 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Dakota and 13 North Dakota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • Minot State University is a member of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)

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