CU hosts seminar on careers, internships with U.S. Department of State

Cameron University will host Dr. Rick Roberts, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and current Diplomat in Residence at the University of Oklahoma, as he presents information on careers and internships with the U.S. Department of State. The seminar takes place on Friday, September 12, at noon in the Centennial Room of the Shepler Center on the CU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, please call Career Services in the Office of Student Development at (580) 581-2209 to reserve a seat.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Roberts speak on our campus," said Cathy Billings, CU Student Development Specialist. "This seminar is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain valuable insight on careers in public diplomacy and foreign affairs with the U.S. Department of State."

Dr. Roberts will present an in-depth look at the benefits and challenges that accompany a career with the U.S. Department of State. Becoming a Foreign Service Officer is the career opportunity of a lifetime and is viewed by many as challenging, exciting and rewarding. However, due to the requirements of living overseas including locations that are viewed as "hardship" posts, changing posts every 2-4 years, and learning a foreign language, it isn't the right job for everyone.

As one of only 16 Diplomats in Residence in the United States, Dr. Roberts is uniquely qualified to lend his expertise to those considering a diplomatic career. Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers as Diplomats in Residence at a limited number of colleges and universities throughout the nation. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.

Specializing in the Middle East, Dr. Roberts joined the Foreign Service in 1984 as a Public Diplomacy officer with the United States Information Agency. His tours overseas include Jordan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, the UK and Iraq. From 1999-2000, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, overseeing consolidation of the former USIA NEA Bureau into the State Department.

Dr. Roberts was Chargé d'Affaires/Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria from 2003-2004. In 2006, he established and was the first Team Leader of the Provincial Support Team in Al Muthanna Province, Iraq. He holds several Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Roberts holds a Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas.

August 28, 2008