|USIA Public Liaison|
|Public Liaison: Mission & Services|
The Office of Public Liaison (PL) serves as the public and media affairs office for the U.S. Information Agency in the United States. PL is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating USIA's domestic public affairs activities and for developing its communications strategy. PLís overarching objective is to increase public understanding of USIA, by providing information about the agency's policies, mission, and programs to the American people, the media, academic institutions and exchange organizations.
Services: PL Staff are available to answer questions from the public and the media about USIA's programs and
role in supporting US foreign policy abroad. PL
prepares News Releases on current USIA activities. PL
can arrange interviews with USIA officials and regional experts
on USIA's domestic and international programs. PL
arranges and conducts briefings about USIA for visitors to the agency headquarters in
Washington. Visitors include government officials, student groups, college interns,
and foreign visitors.
PL Staff are available to answer questions from the public and the media about USIA's programs and role in supporting US foreign policy abroad.
PL prepares News Releases on current USIA activities.
PL can arrange interviews with USIA officials and regional experts on USIA's domestic and international programs.
PL arranges and conducts briefings about USIA for visitors to the agency headquarters in Washington. Visitors include government officials, student groups, college interns, and foreign visitors.
|Lookup USIA Information|
USIA officials -- agency leaders, regional, and program bureau directors -- are listed here. USIA officials may be contacted through PL to discuss Agency programs.
USIA phone directory: If you know the name or office symbol of the person you are trying to reach, you may use this online telephone directory.
US Embassies abroad. This links to the State Department's list of U.S. Embassy addresses and key personnel overseas. USIA, known overseas as USIS, can be reached through the American Embassy or Consulate abroad.
|Public Diplomacy Links|
PL manages the Public Diplomacy Forum Web site,
a USIA foreign affairs resource that provides information on USIA international exchanges and public diplomacy programs.
Spotlight - online journal
Rostrum - current issues
Public Diplomacy Nationwide - recent programs
Citizen Diplomat - links & further reading
The independent Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy is a bipartisan, Presidentially-appointed panel created by Congress to look broadly in the public interest at U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.
The non-profit Public Diplomacy Foundation, a USIA alumni and outreach organization, tracks current issues in public diplomacy.
Though limited, USIA civil service jobs are listed on the Fedworld database. Contact USIA's Office of Human Resources - M/HRCO, (202) 619-4656, for further information.
Volunteer Internship Program: USIA unpaid internships are available.
For internships, please send the following to USIA:
Narrative Statement: A one-page statement describing your skills, interests, and why you want to work at USIA and in the foreign affairs field. You should review information about USIA on this website.
If your application is accepted, you will receive a packet requesting further background information. All internships, for undergraduate or graduate students, are unpaid.
Send materials to:
USIA, M/HRCO - Volunteer Internships,
You may also 'CC' a copy of your internship application to the Office of Public Liaison or a specific office at USIA.
|Reorganization of Foreign Affairs Agencies|
MARCH REVISION OF THE REORGANIZATION
PLAN AND REPORT
The March  revision of the Reorganization Plan and Report submitted by the Department of State to the Congress contains two changes related to public diplomacy. Whereas the earlier version of the plan combined USIA's I [Information} and E [Education & Cultural Affairs] Bureaus, the revised plan establishes a separate Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs headed by an Assistant Secretary of State. It also establishes an Office of International Information Programs, to be headed by a Coordinator who reports directly to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Secondly, the revised Plan notes that the Department of State's "International Affairs Strategic Plan" will encompass public diplomacy goals, and that Bureau and Mission Performance Plans also will reflect public diplomacy "targets and projects."
See State Department website on impending merger with USIA.|