The Public Affairs Section handles all aspects of press, information and cultural services for the United States Embassy in San Jose. It is headed by the Public Affairs Officer, and is assisted by the Cultural Attaché (Cultural Affairs Officer) and the Press Attaché (Information Officer).
The Public Affairs Section works to strengthen and develop U.S.-Costa Rican relations by: Enunciating and explaining U.S. foreign policy, while presenting the North American society in all its complexity so the Costa Rican people can gain a better comprehension of the United States.
Creating, promoting and administering educational and cultural exchange programs which improve relations and increase understanding between the people of Costa Rica and the United States.
To better accomplish these goals, the Office is divided in two sections:
The Press Section handles all relations between the Embassy and the Costa Rican, U.S., and international media, responding to questions from the press, and providing information on U.S. foreign policy and current issues. They arrange interviews with U.S. government officials, and publicize all U.S. government activities and programs in Costa Rica.
The Cultural Section administers a variety of educational exchange programs, including the International Visitor Program, the U.S. Speakers and Specialists Program, and the Fulbright Scholarship Program.