Public Engagement

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Introduction to the Foreign Service

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, Room A712, New York, NY 10011

Please join YPFP and The New School's Milano School of International Affairs as we host Usha Pitts, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the New York area to learn about the hiring process to become a Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Service Specialist, Diplomatic Security Agent, Consular Fellow, or civil servant.

America's diplomats are selected every year from the approximately 15,000 people who take The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). The Test is offered three times a year and is open to American citizens between the ages of 20 and 59 from all educational and professional backgrounds. It is free. The FSOT is held in October, February, and June.

But becoming a diplomat is not the only way to work for the State Department! If you would like to represent your country while living and working abroad, you might pursue other avenues into the State Department. Before attending this presentation, you may find it helpful to review information available at

Light snacks and drink refreshments will be served.

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New School students, staff and alumni as well as members of the public may register on Eventbrite.

Entry is free to YPFP members and New School students, staff and alumni. Entry for all others costs $5, payable on Eventbrite.

Usha Pitts has been an American diplomat for 19 years, serving tours in Cuba, Russia, Panama, Brazil, Italy and Austria. She has degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts and International Development from the George Washington University. She moved to New York last year with her partner and two children, where she serves as a State Department representative for the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania.

Committed to ensuring our diplomats represent the true face of America, Ms. Pitts informs and recruits a diversity of American citizens to careers with the State Department. She also teaches a course at City College on practical diplomacy. A former employee of the World Bank and former U.S. representative to two UN agencies, Ms. Pitts can also answer general questions about careers in the international public sector.

Presented by The New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy



Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


International and Global, Politics, Policy and Government


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


International Affairs and Development , Politics, Professional Development, Academic Advising & Career Development



Entry is free to YPFP members and New School students, staff and alumni. Entry for all others costs $5, payable on Eventbrite.

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