The Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to be the home for the Diplomat-in-Residence at UNC. The Diplomats are career foreign service officers posted at universities throughout the United States.  They are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers, internships and other opportunities in the U.S. Department of State. The Diplomat-in-Residence for the Southern Mid-Atlantic region covering is based at Duke University but also maintains an office in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC.

To learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Department of State and meet the Diplomat-in-Residence:

  1. Visit careers.state.gov to review the job descriptions, process for examinations and application, and other general information.
  2. Email DIRSouthernMidAtlantic@state.gov to setup an appointment or to ask specific questions that are not addressed on the website.

Current Diplomat-in-Residence: Jasper R. Daniels

North Carolina native Jasper R. Daniels, a senior foreign service officer most recently assigned as Diplomat in Residence for the Southwest region of the United States (Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho), began a year of service in September 2016 as the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia). Daniels is jointly hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to his assignment as diplomat in residence for the Southwest region, Daniels encumbered two separate positions in Washington, D.C., managing director for the Regional Information Management Center overseeing information management centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Frankfurt, Germany; and Bangkok, Thailand, before being assigned as director for the Department of State’s four geographically dispersed core data centers, enterprise-level systems development and enterprise-level collaboration tools. His last overseas assignment was as management counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Daniels is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In his three decades of service with the Department of State, Daniels was assigned to embassies in Algiers, Algeria; Panama City, Panama; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Mexico City, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; San José, Costa Rice; Athens, Greece; and Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr. Daniels joined the Foreign Service in 1985 as a support communications officer.