PICS Career Event: Careers in Foreign Service
This event is an information session for students interested in careers or internships with the U.S. Department of State. For resources on careers, please visit the PICS career website and click the Resources at the U.S. Department of State dropdown menu.
Michelle Jones is the Ford School’s Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the 2014-14 academic year, representing the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Service. Diplomats in Residence are Foreign Service officers who guide and advise students, professionals, and members of the community on Foreign and Civil Service careers, fellowships, and internships. Dr. Jones is a Michigan native and most recently served as cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previous diplomatic assignments included Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, and Bangladesh. She has a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Jones is a seasoned Foreign Service officer whose most recent post was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she oversaw the Fulbright academic and International Visitors Leadership programs and 18 Lincoln Learning Centers throughout the country. Previously, Jones served as consul and principal officer at the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg, Canada, and as public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago where she was senior advisor to the ambassador and embassy spokesperson. She has also held posts in Bangladesh and Poland. She speaks Polish, Spanish, and Dari (Persian Farsi). Before joining the Foreign Service, Jones was associate professor of English at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where she taught twentieth-century British and American literature and founded the Women's Resource Center.
Diplomats in Residence are Foreign Service officers who guide and advise students, professionals, and members of the community on Foreign and Civil Service careers, fellowships, and internships. The Ford School is one of only 16 schools selected by the State Department to host a Diplomat in Residence (DIR), who serves the Ford School, the broader U-M community, and a number of educational institutions in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Lunch will be provided.