News: IRO updated to RPES

3.10.17 –  I just received the following update regarding the changing of the name of the position of Embassy Librarian which was formerly known as an IRO (Information Resource Officer).  I receive the USA Job notices but this one slipped past me for which I am really sorry.  Thank you Jay for updating me.  If you are interested in this position for the future, please read the link he included below for a full job description and to set up an alert so you will receive notice the next time the position opens.

Comment received from Jay:

The State Department librarian/IRO position was just posted for a few weeks, but it has a new name: Regional Public Engagement Specialist.

Here’s the listing (now closed):
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/464023100/

3.24.16 –  Foreign Service Information Management Specialist
US Foreign Service, Worldwide

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians with IT skills and/or a degree this position could be a good entrance into the foreign service.  Librarians are generally hired as Information Resource Officers but there are only about 30 of those positions worldwide whereas there are IT management positions everywhere thus both the chance of being hired and the upward mobility is better.  (For example, this position was posted twice last year whereas the Info Resource Officer was last posted in 2012).  For more information see Chapter 6 in my book and/or the Book Resources section of the blog.

Position Title: Foreign Service Office Management Specialist – Administrative Assistant
Open Period: March 23, 2016 – April 5, 2016
Series/Grade: FP – 0318 07
Salary: $35,364 – $51,933
Promotion Potential: FP-03
Position Information: Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
Hiring Agency: U.S. Department of State
Duty Locations: MANY Vacancies throughout the World

Job Summary

The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.

Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.

Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and information technology (IT) systems world-wide.

To find out more specifics about the qualifications required for an IMS, please click here for the IMS Career Track Quiz: http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-track-quiz/ims

The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-tracks

 

 

 

 

Internship: US Dept. of State

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

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.

 

Internship: U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

1/24/15 –  U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians interested in a future international career here is an opportunity to get your foot in the door.  It is unpaid but worthwhile if you can afford the time and the lack of income for a short while.  The US government hires librarians as Information Resource Officers however as there are only about 30 of these worldwide, it is advisable to look at other positions which use the same skill set.  (For more info about US gov’t jobs for librarians please see Chap. 6 of my book and visit the Resources section of my blog.)

 

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2015 Fall Student Internship Program . (You must be a US citizen.)

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is .

The deadline is March 2, 2015 however they highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Fall 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

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

 

Internship: US Dept. of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program

9/3/14 – U.S. Department of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid).

The U.S. Department of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid) is now accepting applications (must be a US citizen).

Click here (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/379670800) to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 17, 2014.

Please note this is an earlier-than-usual deadline. We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Summer 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

* Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

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

 

Programs: Int’l Program at ALA in Las Vegas

6/6/14 – For anyone planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, here is a program they are offering which discusses international school libraries.  Even if you are not a school librarian, I recommend attending this program if you are interested in international work because IRO Carol Brey is one of the speakers.  IRO stands for Information Resource Officer, the official name for US Embassy librarians.  If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, click on the IRO link and also try and meet Carol.  All the IRO’s I have met in my travels have been very open about sharing the pros and cons of being one.  (I am also currently completing an e-book in which I talk about this opportunity in more depth. I will post when it is available).

 

The IRRT Chair’s Program Committee invites you to attend the following program at the ALA annual meeting in Las Vegas:

Title:  Expanding the school library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology

Date:               Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time:              3 – 4 p.m.
Location:        Las Vegas Convention Center, S227

We are delighted that the following speakers will be talking about ways school libraries and librarians across international borders interact and can interact with students, libraries, and teachers:

George Breaz, (Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area)

Carol Brey (Information Resource Officer, Office of American Spaces, U.S. Department of State)

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I)