Five Reasons You Should Attend the 2018 #HBCUsAtState Conference

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The U.S. Department of State will host its 9th Annual HBCU Policy Conference on February 16, 2018.
The U.S. Department of State will host its 9th Annual HBCU Policy Conference on February 16, 2018.

Five Reasons You Should Attend the 2018 #HBCUsAtState Conference

The Bureau of Public Affairs is excited to welcome students and faculty of historically and Predominately Black Colleges and Universities to the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 16, 2018. In its 9th year, the Department’s HBCU Foreign Policy Conference will bring together students and faculty from U.S. academic institutions with a range of foreign affairs professionals for discussions on key foreign policy issues and career opportunities.

Here are five reasons you should register to attend this year’s conference:

Prepare for the Next Generation of Foreign Policy Leadership: A range of State Department officials will share the critical skills and training necessary for the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from officials on key skills and resources available for students and grant administrators for honing critical language skills and fostering cultural exchange opportunities.

Become a Part of the Policy Making Process: As an attendee of the conference, you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage directly with the people at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. These people are behind the hard decisions and negotiations that often occur behind the scenes and directly impact our engagement with the rest of the world. As an attendee you’ll participate in a simulation to gain a better understanding of the tireless work that goes into maintaining relationships with other nations as well as how tough decisions are made every day on the international stage.

Learn about Career Opportunities and Student Exchanges: Officers from the State Department’s recruitment office annually attend this conference to share the latest information about career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State. Public service is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying experiences you might encounter along your career path. Whether you are interested in joining the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as a Civil Servant, as an intern Washington, D.C., a U.S. Embassy around the world or even virtually, we’ve got you covered!

Network with HBCU Alumni at State: In addition to the Department’s recruitment experts, hundreds of HBCU Alumni serve in various capacities at the U.S. Department of State – both in Washington, D.C. and as diplomats representing the United States around the world. These alumni are eager to share about their background, knowledge, experiences, as well as to share tips with you to increase your awareness of information and resources needed to get your foot in the door.

Network with Other HBCU Attendees: Not only will attendees have the unique opportunity to engage with a range of foreign affairs professionals who work at the Department, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in conversations with likeminded conference attendees from dozens of other HBCUs from around the country during networking sessions.

If you attend an HBCU and are interested in international affairs you don’t want to miss this conference. Even if you are not majoring in international affairs or foreign policy, you should consider attending to learn more about ways you can harness your role as a global citizen or simply serve your country through a range of professional opportunities.

About the Author: Rainy Young serves as Director of the Office of Public Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs  at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State publication  on

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