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A Day in the Life of a Diplomat


Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence in the U.S. Department of State, Dale R. Giovengo, presented information to students on the UC Blue Ash College campus on Thursday, November 1.

“You never know, in the Foreign Service Department, what you might get asked to do,” says Giovengo.

The event, “What is it Like to be a Diplomat?,” discussed topics about what it’s like to serve as a diplomat, information on the application process, different job sectors within the Department of State and fellowships and internships for students.

“We [U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officers] are overseas to implement the President’s foreign policy goals,” says Giovengo. “The role of the state department is to provide security for Americans.”

Giovengo began his career working at a retail store in Pittsburgh. From there, he went on to work as a Human Resources Officer, Financial Management Officer, Management Officer and Contract Officer. Giovengo has held positions involved in Embassy operations in France, Albania, Kuwait, Pakistan, Switzerland and Iraq as a Foreign Service Specialist. He is a Diplomat in Residence for the North Central Region of the United States (IN, KY, MI, OH).

After graduating from high school in Pittsburgh, Giovengo furthered his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He later went on to receive a Master of Arts from Duquesne University in Leadership and Ethics.

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About Lori Rinehart

Lori Rinehart is the Communications Intern at UC Blue Ash for the 2018-19 academic year. Lori studies Journalism and Spanish at the University of Cincinnati Uptown campus.