People: Our Strength

The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, service, and assistance to advance the interests of the American people—their safety, security, and prosperity. The employees of the Bureau of Human Resources contribute to this effort by supporting and developing our people to achieve their greatest potential.  Through every aspect of human capital management, from recruitment to retirement, we recognize the accomplishments of our dedicated workforce who manage the assignments, evaluation, promotion, discipline, career development, and retirement policies and programs for the Department’s Foreign and Civil Service employees and locally-employed staff.

Diversity and Inclusion: Our Commitment

The U.S. Department of State is firmly committed to building a workforce that reflects our nation’s diversity and leverages the creativity of diverse, talented groups to advance America’s foreign policy priorities. To reap the benefits of a diverse workforce, we have built an inclusive workplace in which every employee is treated with dignity and respect and feels empowered to serve the American people. This commitment includes active recruitment, retention strategies, and transparent reporting.   

Family Support: Our Community

The people of the U.S. Department of State form a special community, and the organization is dedicated to supporting its needs.  We are committed to improving the quality of life of State Department employees, their family members, and Members of Household who are serving, have served, or will serve at our U.S. Embassies, consulates, and missions abroad.  Our Family Liaison Office (FLO) identifies issues and advocates for programs and solutions, providing a variety of client services for Foreign Service families, and extending those services to overseas communities through the Community Liaison Office (CLO) program.

Careers:  Our Future

At the U.S. Department of State, you have an extraordinary opportunity to spark positive change as part of the preeminent U.S. foreign affairs institution. Your service will further security at home and build invaluable relationships that promote America’s interests and values throughout the world. We need your unique perspective to contribute to the tapestry of diverse individuals representing the United States to other nations and other peoples. By combining diverse ideas with a shared passion for progress, we can advance America’s security and prosperity. That’s the power of diplomacy.

We offer global careers, internships, and fellowships in a variety of disciplines that will take you to new places and introduce you to different cultures.  We also offer U.S.-based jobs with a global outlook.  Either path can provide invaluable personal and professional experiences. A career at the U.S. Department of State is the adventure of a lifetime. Join the next generation of foreign affairs professionals — an inclusive team committed to excellence in the pursuit of our nation’s diplomatic mission.

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Welcome to the new State.gov

Our new design makes it easier to find and learn about the State Department’s programs and services—from passports and visas to learning how U.S. diplomacy benefits the American people.