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Governmental Careers

Discover different career options and student opportunities within the United States State Department. Find some tips and techniques for the application process.


Career Options in Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officer

Represent the United States in countries across the world.  Extensive testing process for admission.


  • full healthcare
  • insurance
  • housing
  • education for children, etc.

Foreign Service Specialist

Similar to FSO, but with a specialization in one of the following areas.

  • Administration
  • Construction Engineering
  • Facility Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Information & English Language Programs
  • Medical & Health
  • Office Management
  • Law Enforcement & Security

Consular Fellowship Program

High demand non-career position (5 year maximum) to conduct visa interviews.


Student Opportunities

Pickering & Rangel Fellowship

Complete a funded master's degree in international affairs.  Includes 2 paid internships during school and guaranteed job at the end

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Learn a critical language in a target country.  Program, housing, & travel are funded.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Conduct research & teach English abroad.

U.S. Department of State Student Opportunities

Includes exchange programs and study abroad.


Application Tips

Stay Current

  • Stay up on current events.  Be well read and do well under pressure.

Grammar Counts

  • Have good grammar, and be concise & clear.

Seek Opportunities

  • Many job opportunities in Washington D.C.

Local Contact - Scott Smith