The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, who want to make a contribution to our global society. If you have the desire to live and work in any country in the world, including those with unstable governments or infrastructures – or both – and have the ability to integrate into culturally diverse environments, we have an opportunity for you.
These U.S. citizens comprise the Foreign and Civil Services, in which there are over 30 different career paths from which to choose.
Foreign Service Officers 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.
We require specific skills in the financial, technical and support services areas. Opportunities exist in eight different categories with 19 different Specialist jobs. These categories include: Law Enforcement and Security, Information Technology, Construction Engineering, Medical and Health, Office Management, Administration, and International Information English Language Programs.
You can also view closed vacancies to see requirements and qualifications, and subscribe to receive email updates about Specialist openings and deadlines.
For more Diplomatic Security opportunities and information, please go to https://careers.state.gov/ds.
|Administration: Financial Management Officer||You will develop budgets and financial plans, control obligations and expenditures, prepare and audit payment vouchers, administer payroll plans, approve salary and allowance payments and monitor cash operations.||Closed: April 20, 2016.|
|Administration: General Services Officer||You will develop, plan, implement, and manage an ongoing program of support that includes contracting, inventory/property, physical facilities, space management, travel and transportation, motorpool, and maintenance and repair schedules.||Closed: February 7, 2017.|
|Administration: Human Resources Officer||HROs are responsible for recruitment, employee training and development, performance management, employee relations, salary and benefits administration, employee policies and procedures and position classification.||Closed: September 14, 2016.|
|Construction Engineering: Construction Engineer||CEs monitor and report on contract work overseas to ensure that the construction of new properties and renovation of existing properties are completed properly, on time and within budget.||Closed: February 14, 2017.|
|Working closely with the General Services Officer, you will manage the upkeep of buildings, grounds, fixtures and utilities overseas.||Closed: November 29, 2016.|
|IT: Information Management Specialist||IMSs manage and operate worldwide information technology infrastructure, including PC local and wide area networks, telecommunications systems, telephone and UHF/VHF programs, and diplomatic pouch and mail services.||Closed: January 27, 2016.|
|IT: Information Management Technical Specialist (RADIO)||IMTS/R duties include performing site surveys, installation and maintenance of associated hardware and software for UHF/VHF land mobile systems.||Closed: November 29, 2016.|
|IT: Information Management Technical Specialist (Unified Communications)||IMTS/UC are responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of a wide range of digital and telephone equipment.||Closed: December 20, 2016.|
|International Information /English Language Programs: English Language Officer||ELOs are responsible for all Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities in that country, or as a Regional ELO with responsibilities for English language program activities in several countries, necessitating extensive travel.||Closed: March 1, 2016.|
|International Information /English Language Programs: Regional Public Engagement Specialist (formerly Information Resource Officer)||Foreign Service Regional Public Engagement Specialists (formerly Information Resource Officer) counsel Mission Officials on effectively using public engagement platforms, digital content, and analytics to engage foreign audiences. RPES oversee strategic planning, development, and evaluation of public engagement spaces and the programs held in them.||Closed: February 28, 2017.|
|Medical and Health: Medical Provider (FSMP – NP/PA)||Foreign Service Medical Providers, Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with a family practice background, assume the role of a primary care provider in diagnosing and treating patients and will be responsible for administering a full range of community health care services, including preventive health education for the official mission community.||Closed: November 22, 2016.|
|Medical and Health: Regional Medical Officer||The RMO’s duties include providing primary medical care and appropriate health information and disease prevention program at each post of responsibility as well as a host of other medical and health related responsibilities.||Closed: March 1, 2017.|
|Medical and Health: Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist||The RMO/P’s duties include providing primary psychiatric care for each post in the supported geographical region as well as a host of other psychiatric and mental health related responsibilities.||Closed: March 15, 2017.|
|Medical and Health: Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist||RMLS (Formerly Regional Medical Technologist/MLS) duties include performing routine visitations to regional area Health Units to evaluate and monitor performance of local laboratory technologists. You will also maintain own laboratory at post of assignment as well as X-RAY equipment at your post of assignment and your assigned region.||Open: Deadline to apply is April 5, 2017.|
|Office Management: Office Management Specialist||OMS duties include general office management, conference and visitor support, administrative and secretarial support.||Closed: March 14, 2017|
|Law Enforcement and Security: Diplomatic Courier||Couriers are required to safeguard and escort diplomatic pouches containing classified and sensitive material between U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and the Department of State.||Closed: March 10, 2015.|
|Law Enforcement and Security: Security Engineering Officer||SEOs provide technical security support and engineering expertise to protect U.S. Foreign Service posts overseas, in Washington, D.C., or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Responsibilities range from security system design, development and analysis to installation and testing.||Closed: February 23, 2017.|
|Law Enforcement and Security: Security Technical Specialist||STSs provide support and assist in worldwide technical security programs. These programs for which you will give overall program management, maintenance and support provide protection for Department of State facilities and personnel from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and crime.||Closed: February 2, 2017.||,|
|Law Enforcement and Security: Diplomatic Security Special Agent||DSS Agents are specially trained Foreign Service security professionals; they are also sworn Federal law enforcement officers. Overseas, as a Regional Security Officer (RSO), you will advise ambassadors on all security matters and manage a complex range of security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information. In the U.S., Special Agents protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations.||Closed: December 15, 2016.|
|For more Diplomatic Security opportunities and information, please go to www.state.gov/m/ds/career.|
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.
You can also visit USAJobs for a complete list of all Civil Service vacancies.
A career with the Civil Service means that you can make a difference in the world.
The U.S. Department of State also offers a number of internship and fellowship opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. You can also subscribe to receive email updates under Keep Me Informed regarding any of these programs.
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)
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|U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)||This program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices spread around the United States. This unpaid program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.||Closed: March 1, 2017.|
Pathways Program (paid)
The Pathways Program includes three paid Civil Service programs located in Washington, D.C. Specific positions will be posted here when the application window opens. Please register under Keep Me Informed to receive automatic notifications about these opportunities.
For specific inquiries on the Pathways Internship Programs (ITEP and IEP), please contact HRSC@state.gov
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|Internship Program||The Pathways Internship program includes both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) and the Internship Experience Program (IEP).
Both are targeted toward students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school and professional school levels. Both provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed.
|Recent Graduates Program||This new program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion. Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion. Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.||Closed|
|Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)||For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The Program focuses on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. Under the regulations proposed by OPM, the eligibility window for applicants is expanded, making the program more “student friendly” by aligning it with academic calendars.||Closed: November 26, 2012.|
Other Student Programs
PLEASE NOTE: There are several student programs that do not use the Gateway to State/USAJobs online application process (Workforce Recruitment Program, Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships, Council of American Ambassadors Fellowships).
Please go to the Student Programs page for application information and to subscribe to receive email notifications regarding these programs.
PLEASE NOTE: Information on the Consular Adjudicator Limited Non-Career Appointment (CA LNA) opportunities, now known as Consular Fellows, has moved to this page.
In an effort to supplement the work of career Foreign Service employees serving abroad, the U.S. Department of State offers LNA opportunities ranging from 15 months to 60 months, depending on the specific program.
The U.S. Department of State currently supports the following programs, and may expand its offering based on the needs of the Foreign Service:
- PEPFAR Country Coordinators (PEPFAR)
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
While these appointments are generally limited to a maximum of five years, the recruitment, selection and hiring processes use similar standards to those of the full-time Foreign Service Officer or Specialist positions. Additionally, all LNA candidates must pass medical, security, and final suitability clearance processes. All LNAs are members of the Foreign Service and have the same obligations and standard of conduct expectations as all Foreign Service employees. Those hired for the three LNA programs listed above are eligible for many of the same Foreign Service benefits, with a few exceptions that includes the Language Incentive Pay program, if language is a hiring prerequisite, and the Student Loan Repayment Program.
|Registered Nurse||RN LNAs are responsible for U.S. Department of State medical and safety policies, provision of a range of medical services, and the actual performance of all of the following essential functions in addition to routine medical care.||Closed: January 28, 2015.|
|Social Worker||Social Worker LNAs will have multifaceted responsibilities in the Embassy which includes but is not limited to the assessment of psychiatric issues, conflict resolution, consultation on violence in the workplace, and crisis management training.||Closed: September 16, 2015.|
|PEPFAR Country Coordinator||The PEPFAR Country Coordinator leads the U.S. government PEPFAR interagency team in the designated country in the conception, formulation, and recommendation of initiatives in response to the HIV/AIDs epidemic in designated country. A master’s degree or higher in a relevant professional discipline such as Public Policy, Public Health, Business Administration or other related subjects are required.||Closed: July 14, 2016.|
Whether you’re a mid- or senior-level professional in the private sector, state or local government, the non-profit world, a tenured or tenure-track academic, or a PhD scientist or an engineer with work experience, one of our professional fellowships may be right for you. These unique programs allow experienced professionals and academics to serve with the United States Government (USG) and work on global issues of vital importance to America, such as counterterrorism, human rights, international development assistance, nonproliferation, or the environment.
If you’re ready to apply your expertise and experience to diplomacy, the U.S. Department of State’s professional fellowships are the perfect place to start. You may find a fellowship that fits your background.
|AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program||The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program requires a PhD or an equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of application – or a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience.||Closed: November 1, 2015.|
|Civil Service Foreign Affairs and STEM Fellowships||
Department of State Civil Service STEM Fellowship Program - The Department of State uses science and technology to foster a global environment where invention, innovation, and industry can thrive through the ever-changing technical arena of international affairs.
|Diplomacy Fellows Program||
The Diplomacy Fellows Program provides an opportunity for participants in nine fellowship programs to advance to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment, for the competitive selection of entry level Foreign Service Officer Candidates.
|Closed: August 29, 2014.|
|Franklin Fellows Program||The Franklin Fellows Program is open to mid- and senior-level professionals from both private sector and non-profit entities, including NGOs, academia, foundations, and associations.||Closed: September 2, 2014|
|Jefferson Science Fellowship Program||The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program is open to scientists and engineers who are tenured faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning.||Closed: November 2, 2015.|
|Professional Science & Engineering Society Fellows Program||The Professional Science & Engineering Society Fellows Program is open to members of sponsoring societies, with additional qualifications determined by the societies.||Closed: January 15, 2016.|
|Virtual Fellows Program||
The Virtual Fellows Program gives seasoned U.S. citizen professionals the opportunity to contribute by serving as virtual consultants on issues, problems or questions faced by the State Department, without requiring that Virtual Fellows physically relocate to Washington, D.C.