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Career Opportunities at the U.S. Department of State

Whether you are interested in foreign affairs, public diplomacy, or people-to-people exchanges, you can find a fulfilling career with the U.S. Department of State. With dozens of overseas and domestic career, internship, and fellowship opportunities, the U.S. Department of State has something for everyone. 


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Presenters Della Hareland, Salman Haji, and Tova Pertman

Della Hareland is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Cultural Coordinator in the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Department of State’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau.  Prior to this, Della was in a long-term training assignment at the National Intelligence University.  She has also served as a Program Officer in the Professional Fellows Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; as an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Beijing; as the Public Diplomacy Officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the east Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau; as an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Lima; and, as a Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo. Prior to joining the State Department, Della worked in information technology at Intel Corporation.  Della has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland.  


Salman Haji is a Foreign Service Officer studying Azerbaijani for his next tour at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. He was most recently the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. He also served as a Vice Consul in Kingston, Jamaica.  Prior to starting with the Department of State, Salman completed his graduate studies at American University and Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey through the Pickering Fellowship. He speaks Arabic, French, Russian, and Turkish. Salman is originally from Tanzania but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


Tova Pertman currently manages the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. She joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the State Department in March 2019. Tova previously worked at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as an AmeriCorps State and National Program Officer. Prior to that, she was with IREX for eight years where she managed a variety of international education and exchange programming in Washington, DC, and Moscow, Russia. She also has work experience with the International City/County Management Association and the Associated Press Broadcast Services. Tova has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova and Uzbekistan. Tova is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park.