Department of State Career Information Session

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Tue, Apr 8, 2014
2:00 to 3:30pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

A globe surrounded by flags of the world.If you are looking for adventure and the career of a lifetime serving in foreign countries, check out the Department of State at an informational session sponsored by Career Services and the College of Criminal Justice.

John C. Roberts, U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for Southeast Texas and Louisiana, and Darrin E. Whatley, Supervisory Special Agent (’97), will discuss career opportunities, including internships, fellowships and jobs, with the Foreign Service as well as its officer selection process. Among the duties of the office are:

    Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Whatley with the Dalai Lama Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Whatley with the Dalai Lama.

  • Represent America and respond to the needs of American citizens in other countries
  • Serve in embassies, consulates or other diplomatic missions
  • Work stateside on issues, such as human rights, narcotics control, trade or the environment
  • Issues passports or assists U.S. citizens in trouble overseas

The Department of State helps to shape a freer, more secure and more prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President’s foreign policy. The United States maintains diplomatic relations with 189 of the 191 countries in the world as well as with many international organizations. The agency maintains over 265 diplomatic and consular posts around the world and employs about 11,000 people.

John C. Roberts, Diplomat in Residence
John C. Roberts, Diplomat in Residence
In addition to providing information on career opportunities and the application process, Roberts and Whatley will share tidbits from their own careers with the Department of State.

Prior to his assignment as a Diplomat in Residence, Roberts was Director of the Civilian Response Corps in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, a department which leads diplomatic efforts providing whole government conflict mitigation and stabilization assistance to countries in conflict or emerging from conflict.

Roberts also served as a Public Affairs Officer for Barbados and six other Eastern caribbean nations as well as in the Press and Cultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He was a member of the executive staff for Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, organizing press and media events and high-level meetings through Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. During his tenure at the State Department, he was also assigned to Moscow, Russian Federation and Managua, Nicaragua.

Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Whatley
Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Whatley
Whatley is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Houston Field Office, where he serves as the field training officer. Before his promotion, he was a special agent in Houston and Washington as well as with computer investigations and forensic. He has received many awards for his service.

Before joining the Department of State, Whatley was a member of the Joint Drug Intelligence Group for the FBI and a Law Enforcement Specialist with the U.S. Air Force.

To learn more about careers with the U.S. Department of State, visit or contact Diplomat in Residence John C. Robert at or 202-549-5284.

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