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State Department Workshop Series: Consular Fellows Program

Thursday, June 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Consular Fellows Program offers candidates a unique opportunity to serve their country, utilize their foreign language skills, and develop valuable skills and experience that will serve them well in follow-on professions.

Foreign Service Consular Fellows serve in U.S. embassies and consulates overseas alongside Foreign Service Officers, other U.S. agency personnel, and locally-employed staff. Using their language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, or Arabic, their primary duty is to adjudicate visas for foreign nationals. Duties and responsibilities are similar to those of entry-level career Foreign Service Officers. While at post, Consular Fellows are members of the embassy or consulate community and receive many of the same benefits that career Foreign Service members receive, such as housing and educational allowances for eligible family members.

Miyaunna Cleveland joined the Department of State as a Vital Records Passport Specialist in 2018. She now serves as a Spanish Language Consular Fellow and is currently assigned to the Consular Section at the United States Embassy in Guatemala City. Prior to joining the Department, Miyaunna worked in emergency preparedness and response with the American Red Cross and served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Guatemalan highlands. Ms. Cleveland holds a B.A. in International Studies from Ohio University and a M.A. in Public Administration from University of Illinois at Springfield.

Abigail Barnes is the Consular Fellows Program (CFP) recruiter. She is a Virginia native and studied International Relations and French at the College of William & Mary. Her first experience with the Department of State was interning for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, where she analyzed human resources management policy reform to provide policy recommendations. She developed an interest in learning about languages and people from completing a five-year Spanish immersion program and a visit to Russia. She enjoys trying new things, and speaks intermediate French, and elementary Russian and Spanish.