How to Apply

The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, with a desire to make a contribution to our global society.

We offer a variety of worldwide and domestic career opportunities. These opportunities include global careers in the Foreign Service, domestic careers in the Civil Service and a number of Fellowships and Internships, which span the globe.

Application and selection processes vary for each opportunity.

Discover the various processes that can lead you to a career – or internship – representing America. Just choose your preference below.

For more information on how bureaus select interns, and more detailed information on the application process, please view the Student Internship Program Brochure.

All Civil Service vacancies are posted on USAJobs. Be sure to read about the Six Steps to Becoming a Civil Service Employee.

The first step in becoming a Foreign Service Officer is to register for, and take, the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). This is just one step in the total selection and hiring process. Read the Eight Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Officer.

All Foreign Service Specialist vacancies are posted on USAJobs. Be sure to read about the Seven Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Specialist.

The Pathways Programs have three distinct opportunities available, each with their own application processes. Please find the program that is right for you and learn about each process.

This opportunity opens three times each year and is posted on USAJobs.

All applications are submitted online through the “Gateway to State” system, which also screens applications to make sure that they are complete, and that applicants meet the eligibility criteria.