For a half-century, Foreign Policy Advisors (POLADs) have been on the frontline of interagency communications and collaboration between the Department of State and the Department of Defense. The program has grown from a handful of POLADs, most with service chiefs or leaders of combatant commands, to almost 100 positions today, with postings in component commands, major headquarters, and embedded in military units assigned to conflict areas.
There are critical differences between the ways Department of Defense and Department of State personnel approach virtually every facet of their professional existence: organization, hierarchy, training and education, forms of address, establishing expectations, etc. The PM/POLAD Office bridges the gap between these differences by acting as the central resource to coordinate and manage POLAD support. For these reasons, the role and the importance of POLADs are continuing expand daily, making their role essential to U.S. Foreign Policy.
The mission of PM/POLAD is:
PM/POLAD has opportunities for student interns throughout the year. The office is known for having one of the most enriching internship programs in the department. The most current application information may be found with the Department of State’s Office of Student Programs.