Careers Overview

The U.S. Department of State is currently seeking bright, adventurous individuals to fill a number of Foreign Service and Civil Service positions. Be sure to register online to stay informed on the latest news and opportunities available in the Foreign and Civil Services.

To search, and apply, for specific positions with the U.S. Department of State, visit the Opportunities page to view all current job openings, vacancy announcements and deadlines for Foreign Service, Civil Service, Student Programs, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Careers Overview
Student Programs

Experience the thrill and rewards of student programs at the U.S. Department of State. Whether you are a high school student looking for summer employment or an undergraduate/graduate student seeking a substantive internship supporting U.S. foreign policy, there is no limit to how far our student programs opportunities can take you.

Civil Service

As a part of the nation's largest, most stable employer, the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of State is the lead foreign affairs agency responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy overseas.

As a Civil Service employee, you’ll support U.S. foreign policy right here in the United States. You’ll help drive diplomatic principles and initiatives worldwide through conscientious work in the United States. In short, Civil Service professionals are dedicated to improving the world in which we live.

Working in Washington, D.C., or other cities throughout the United States, Civil Service professionals work on everything from improving trade opportunities for U.S. businesses, to helping American couples adopt children from overseas, to monitoring human rights issues.

A career with the Civil Service means that you can make a difference in the world.

Professional Fellowships

Domestically, the U.S. Department of State offers unique and innovative executive development opportunities for graduate, post-graduate and experienced professionals across disciplines. As a Fellow, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, and explore new career avenues.

Foreign Service Specialists

Foreign Service Specialists are instrumental in the daily operations of U.S. embassies and consulates, and are responsible for security, safety, and protection of people, technology and structures. We require specific skills in the financial, technical and support services areas. Opportunities exist in seven different categories with 22 different specialist jobs. These categories include: Security, Information Technology, Construction Engineering, Medical and Health, Office Management, Administration, and International Information English Language Programs.

Foreign Service Officers

Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) deal with a variety of ever-changing challenges, which may include consular services such as screening visa applicants and issuing visas; political initiatives such as observing elections in host countries; or analyzing and reporting on issues such as HIV/ AIDS, rights, fair trade, and technology. Foreign Service Officers work in one of five different career tracks: Consular Economic, Management, Political and Public Diplomacy.

Register online for the Foreign Service Officer Test.

View all Opportunities

Visit the Opportunities page for all current jobs and careers with the U.S. Department of State.

Afghanistan Jobs

The U.S. Department of State is hiring highly skilled and motivated U.S. citizens to work at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, in east central Afghanistan.

Our purpose in Afghanistan is to cooperate with the Afghans and our international partners to provide security to the Afghan people, assist in their development, and support their efforts to move towards a democratic government. Visit the Afghanistan Jobs page for more information.