Career Opportunities in U.S. Diplomacy and International Development

The Value of Partnership: Building a More Democratic, Prosperous, and Resilient Western Hemisphere

Career Opportunities in U.S. Diplomacy and International Development

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT | Institute of the Americas | UCSD Campus | La Jolla, California


Katelyn Choe

U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence – Southern CA, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands. Some of her previous diplomatic tours include The Netherlands, Afghanistan, Nepal, New Zealand, and South Korea. Katelyn is a primary recruiter for the U.S. Department of State and provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships to students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy.

Karen Klimowski

Career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and Development Diplomat in Residence – West. Former Deputy Mission Director, USAID/India. Prior, she served as the Indo-Pacific Coordinator for South Asia and served with USAID in the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, and Indonesia.

Shane Christensen

First Diplomatic Fellow at the Institute of the Americas. Shane comes to the Institute from Porto Alegre, Brazil where he was the U.S. Consul General responsible for diplomatic relations with southern Brazil from 2020-23. Prior to that, Shane served as chief of staff to the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau and as a senior watch officer in the Operations Center. Shane has served at the U.S. embassies in Mexico City, Havana, and Kabul, U.S. missions to the United Nations in New York and the OECD in Paris, as well as the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai.