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Explore Career Opportunities with 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. Join a panel of DOS employees and learn how they chose their career path.


Explore Career Opportunities with the U.S. Department of State

October 5, 2023



Presented By Katrina Springer and Nora Gordon

Katrina Springer is a program officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Alumni of Affairs. Alongside her team, Katrina supports programming and engagement for more than 2 million alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, including 500,000 U.S. citizens. She has previously served overseas as a Public Diplomacy Officer in Tokyo, Japan and as a Consular Officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Katrina worked with both non-profit and non-governmental organizations. As a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow, she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Manila as well as the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Katrina completed her undergraduate studies at Lincoln University (PA). She is originally from Syracuse, New York and earned her Master’s degrees in International Relations and Public Relations from Syracuse University.

Nora Gordon is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She is the Program Officer for American Music Abroad, a Department of State exchange program that sends American musical groups to engage foreign audiences through U.S. Embassies around the world. She most recently served two years as a Program Officer on the Arts Envoy team also at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nora has served abroad in London where she worked in the Consular section, was a member of the grants committee, and coordinated Post’s Federal Women’s Program. She also served in the Consular section in Hermosillo, Mexico where she served as Post’s outreach coordinator. Prior to joining State, Nora was the Special Assistant to the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations where she was the Ambassador’s primary advisor and speech writer. Nora also led cultural exchange programs in Syria and the West Bank, and worked on cultural preservation in the Brazilian Amazon. She has worked for various NGOs on peacebuilding projects in Liberia, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste. Nora has worked for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, the Women's Refugee Commission, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. Nora holds a Master’s from Columbia University and a BA from UC Berkeley. She lives with her husband and two young kids in Cleveland, Ohio.

Molly Kress is a Program Officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Youth Program Division for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a language and cultural study program for U.S. high school students to learn critical languages overseas. Her previous assignments in the public diplomacy arena include the Office of the U.S. Speaker Program and the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. She was also the country officer for Iran, working with the Persian translation team. Molly is a Civil Service officer who began her career at the State Department in the Foreign Service, including postings in/on India, Afghanistan, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Germany, Sri Lanka, and UNICEF. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English and Spanish literature and completed her master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.