Careers Representing America
Everyone working for the U.S. Department of State contributes to advancing U.S. interests and implementing foreign policy. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. We work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that affect our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.
Foreign Service Officers
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, human rights, fair trade, and technology.
Foreign Service Specialists
Foreign service specialists are instrumental in the daily operations of U.S. embassies and consulates, as they 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 eight different categories with 19 different specialist jobs.
Civil Service employees support U.S. foreign policy right here in 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.
The Consular Fellows Program offers non-career appointments of up to five years and requires language proficiency in Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, Portuguese, or Arabic. Fellows work abroad with foreign citizens who want to come to the United States and U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad.
We offer three types of developmental opportunities, collectively known as “Pathways Programs:” internships for current students, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.
Fellowships are 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, while exploring new career avenues.
Other Global Opportunities
There are opportunities beyond the U.S. Department of State that allow you to work overseas and make a difference in our global society.
Volunteers work at the grassroots level to create change that lasts long after their service.
U.S. Agency for International Development
USAID’s workforce includes direct-hire and contract employees based in the United States and at field missions around the world.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA is made up of 29 agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees who serve the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country and abroad.
Connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.