Internship: US Department of State

7/7/15 – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 15. 2015.

5/16/15 –  2016 Internship with the US Department of State

The US Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring Student Internship Program (unpaid).  Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2015.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

Job: Recent Graduates Program – US Dept. of State

12/3/14 –  U.S. Dept. of State Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP)

Sarah P’s comments:  For recently graduated US Librarians considering a career in the foreign service, here is an opportunity.  Librarians are usually hired as Information Resource Officers but as there are only 32 of these, you might want to consider other positions which would utilize information/research/IT skills.  This program is part of a larger program which also offers internship opportunities for those still in school as well as a Fellows program for experienced librarians. For more information about US Government opportunities see Chapter 6 of my book.

The U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP).

Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers. Applications received after the closing of the announcement will not reviewed.  Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.

Recent Graduates Program Announcement

Announcement Number: AN1230604

Location: Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Arlington, VA

Grade: GS-0343-07

Number of positions: 1

The Recent Graduates Program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion.

Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion.

Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.

Pathways internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State allow students to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, and work closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Job: Foreign Service Information Management Specialist


We are currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.

Read the vacancy announcement ( for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is August 27, 2014.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with strong IT skills this is a good avenue for entering the foreign service.  There do hire librarians, called Information Resource Officers, however the IT positions are more numerous and located in nearly all the embassies meaning advancement and placement are better.