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Diplomat in Residence

CGI is pleased to be the home for the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at UNC. DIRs are career foreign service officers who are located at universities throughout the United States.  They are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers as well as internship and other opportunities in the U.S. Department of State. The Diplomat in Residence for the Southern Mid Atlantic region covering North and South Carolina, as well as southern Virginia, is based at Duke University but also maintains an office in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities with the U.S. Department of State and meeting the DIR, please do the following:

1. Visit careers.state.gov to review the job descriptions, process for examinations and application, and other general information.

2. Then, if you have questions after reviewing the site, email  to setup an appointment or to ask specific questions that are not addressed on the website.

About the current Diplomat in Residence

Julie Ruterbories
2013-2014 Diplomat in Residence, Southern Mid-Atlantic Region

Julie A. Ruterbories is a senior foreign service officer with 21 years of experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Washington, D.C.  Before becoming a DIR in August 2012, she served as consul general in Amsterdam since summer 2009. During Ruterbories’ tours she has advanced foreign policy interests across a broad range of issues, including democratization and human rights, trade and investment and immigration. She began her foreign service career as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, she has also served additional consular tours in Baku, Azerbaijan; London, England; Skopje, Macedonia; and Pristina, Kosovo. In Washington, Ruterbories served as a congressional liaison officer, where she was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach. She has also served in the State Department’s Operations Center. Most recently, she worked as special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs.

Ruterbories earned an undergraduate degree in history and soviet studies from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She speaks several foreign languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian and Macedonian. She has been studying Dutch.

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