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Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance: Career Opportunities


The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) offer opportunities for U.S. citizens in the Civil Service or as Foreign Service Officers, including technical specialists and scientists:

Civil Service

Foreign Service

Nuclear Risk Reduction Center

AVC actively recruits mid- to upper-level professionals and welcomes participants in various fellowships such as the Foster Fellows and Presidential Management Fellowship programs:

Date: 04/08/2010 Description: President Obama, left, and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, right, at a press conference after signing the newly completed New START Treaty in Prague, Czech Republic on April 8. © AP Image President Obama, left, and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, right, at a press conference after signing the newly completed New START Treaty in Prague, Czech Republic on April 8, 2010.

Presidential Management Program

Foster Fellows Program

Franklin Fellows Program

Jefferson Science Fellows Program

Cooperative Education Program

IEEE-USA Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply for internships with us:

Student Programs

The AVC Bureau is tasked with the development, negotiation, and implementation of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. AVC is also responsible for missile defense and national security space policy. We welcome students who wish to obtain practical working experience in this policy making environment.

Unpaid internships with AVC are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year. To apply for an internship, create an account and submit your resume on USAJOBS.gov.

Application Deadlines

 Date: 01/24/2012 Description: U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy (left), Brazilian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Antonio Guerreiro (center) and Acting Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller (right) at the CD in Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on January 24, 2012. © Photo by Eric Bridiers, U.S. Mission Geneva
U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy (left), Brazilian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Antonio Guerreiro (center) and Acting Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller (right) at the CD in Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on January 24, 2012.

(application due 6 months in advance in order to process security clearance) 

 Summer  November 1st
 Fall  March 1st
 Spring  July 1st


Eligibility Requirements
 

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Good academic standing (3.3 GPA or higher)
  • Successfully complete a background investigation and be able to receive a Top Secret clearance.
  • You must be a student.
    • This means you have been accepted for enrollment, or are already enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university;
    • You must be a full- or part-time continuing graduate or undergraduate student.
    • Graduating seniors who have applied and been accepted to graduate school, who will be enrolling in graduate school immediately after the completion of the internship are eligible.
    • Undergraduate applicants need to have at least junior standing. If you have completed all sophomore credits (60+ semester hours) and will be entering at least the junior year immediately upon completion of the internship, you are eligible.

IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's internship program if you have not yet completed your registration at a college or university for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school) or are awaiting graduate admissions acceptance. If selected for an internship, you must provide proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment, for studies in the semester or quarter immediately following the internship.

Learn more @ Careers.State.Gov for info on Internships and the Stay in School Program.


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