Resources & Extra Info

This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.

This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.

U.S. Department of State Resources

If you’re interested in seeing what the Foreign Service Officer Test is like, click HERE.  This is a retired test and will help you see where you are strong and where you might need to improve.

Not sure what careers or student programs are right for you?  We can help!  Check out our Career Quizzes to see if the State Department is right for you, what career is best for you or what student program is right for you.

To learn about the Civil Service process, click HERE.
To learn about the Foreign Service Specialist process, click HERE.
To learn about the Foreign Service Generalist/Officer process, click HERE.

For Students – Our internship opportunities are outlined in detail in the Student Programs section of the site, where you can also find our internship brochure.

For Hispanic students, we have a partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) that helps fund your internship.  This program ONLY APPLIES for the summer internships based in Washington, D.C.  The next internship for these programs is summer 2016, and the deadlines are around September/October.  You MUST state that you want to work for the US Department of State!  Go to their website for more information.
 oThe HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)

For those of you thinking about graduate school, there are two programs that will fund your studies; the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship and Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship.  These two fellowships fund graduate studies and provide you a job as a Foreign Service Officer, with a five year commitment to the Foreign Service, when you graduate.
oCharles B. Rangel
oThomas R. Pickering

Our mobile app, DOSCareers, is available at the App Store or Google Play and is also a great resource for charting possible paths into the Foreign Service.  It has a lot of information that you will find very useful.

Would you like to learn more about what we do at a US Embassy?  Check out a book sponsored by the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), called Inside a US Embassy.  This book includes personal accounts by employees in every career track in the Foreign Service. Check your library or the Career Center to see if they have a copy or you can buy it online.

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) program focuses on international educational exchanges for young political leaders worldwide. The program provides in-depth exploration of the governance, politics, policy making, bilateral relations, culture, and geographic diversity of the host country. Participants are provided opportunities to strengthen their personal leadership skills and enhance their understanding of international relations. This program gives U.S. participants a chance to travel abroad to cultivate long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow's global leaders and policy makers.


Contact Us

Araceli L. McCoy,

Executive Director


P.O. Box 220530
El Paso, TX 79913 



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