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If you really want to learn more about our exciting world and how you can get involved with the U.S. Department of State's mission, check out of few of the helpful links below.



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Would you like to learn more about what it's like to work at a U.S. 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 by clicking here.


If your interested in jobs at the U.S. Department of State, download our mobile app. DOSCareers is available at the iPhone 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 we know you will find very useful.

Foreign Service Tests & Hiring Processes

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

A practice version of the Foreign Service Officer Test is available online. This is an older, retired version of test, but it will help you to see the areas where you are strong and where you might need to improve.

Visit this link learn about the Civil Service employment selection process.

Click here to learn more about the Foreign Service Specialist process.

Learn more here about the Foreign Service Generalist/Officer process.

Internships & Fellowships


Internship opportunities for students are outlined in detail in the Student Programs section of the State Department's website.

For Hispanic students, we have a partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) that helps fund your internship. This program is only for summer internships based in Washington, D.C. Don't forget, you must state that you want to work for the U.S. Department of State! For more information visit the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) website.

If you are planning to attend graduate school, there are two programs that will help fund your studies; the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship and the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship.  These two fellowships fund graduate studies and provide you with a job as a Foreign Service Officer, with a five year commitment to the Foreign Service, when you graduate.

Youth Program

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.​






October 5 – 9, 2019

WHA RP: Migration in the Americas

16 visitors


September 28 – October 3, 2019

India: Multi-modal Passenger & Freight Transportation Infrastructure

6 visitors


September 28 – October 2, 2019
Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence - Egypt

9 visitors


September 19 – 24, 2019
Let Leaders Lead: IVLP Exchange Alumni Advance Interfaith Relations

A Multi‑Regional Project

7 visitors


August 27 – 29, 2019
LMI: Water Data Cooperation in the Lower Mekong

8 visitors


August 18 – 21, 2019

Journalism: Research and Investigation

A Project for Thailand

4 visitors


July 31 – August 4, 2019

SCP: Borders and Security Issues

A Project for Kazakhstan

3 visitors


May 22 – 26, 2019

SCP: U.S. Government Initiatives to Counter Violent Extremism

A Project for Israel

5 visitors



April 24 – 27, 2019

MRP: Towards a More Safe and Secure World

International Peace and Security

18 visitors


March 20 – 23, 2019

RP: U.S. Foreign Policy: Global Challenges I

A Project for Eurasia

17 visitors



December 11 – 14, 2018

SRP: Near East Affairs

Water Resources Management

13 visitors



November 4 – 7, 2018

SCP: Italy

Promoting Social Advancement for Marginalized Communities

4 visitors



October 31 – November 5, 2018

MRP: Europe

Global Threat Cooperation (FTF) Working Group Issues

9 visitors



October 24 – 28, 2018

SCP: Thailand

Transnational Crime, Borders, and Migration Issues

4 visitors



September 20 – 25, 2018

SCP: Lebanon

Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

4 visitors



September 20 – 25, 2018

RP: Africa

Transboundary Water Resource Management

16 visitors



August 22 – 28, 2018

SCP: Israel

"The U.S. Judicial System"

5 visitors and 1 DOS liaison




July 6 – 10, 2018

Single Regional Project: Lower Mekong Initiative Cross-Border Water Resource Management

10 visitors and 2 liaisons



May 17 – 22, 2018

Multi-Regional Program: Global Health, Building Country Capacity

6 visitors and 1 liaison



May 10 – 15, 2018

Multi-regional Program: Combating Trafficking in Persons II

7 visitors and 1 liaison



May 16 – 20, 2018

Western Hemisphere Program: Human & Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness

6 visitors and 3 liaisons


April 25 – 28, 2018

Multi-regional Program: Towards a More Safe and Secure World

20 visitors and 3 liaison



March 20 – 24, 2018

Western Hemisphere Program: Regional Responses to Inter-American Migration Issues

6 visitors and 2 liaisons



December 17 – 19, 2017

Strengthening Border Security

Single Country Program: Mongolia

12 visitors and 3 liaisons



November 14 – 17, 2017

Promoting Export-Led Growth

Single Country Program: Afghanistan

4 visitors and 2 liaisons



October 18 – 19, 2017

RIAS German Journalists

Sponsor: European Union Center at Texas A&M


October 10 – 14, 2017

Combating Transnational Security Threats

Regional Program: South and Central Asia

4 visitors and 1 liaison



September 10 – 13, 2017

Thought Leadership & Organizing for Combating Violent Extremism

Single Country Program: Afghanistan

8 visitors and 3 liaisons



May 13 – 17, 2017

The National Security Policy Process

Single Country Program: Japan

4 visitors and 2 liaisons



April 27 – May 2, 2017

Enhancing Higher Education

Single Country Program: Bhutan

4 visitors and 2 liaisons



April 13 – 18, 2017

Multi-regional Program: Refugee and Migration Issues

7 visitors and 1 liaison



March 15 – 19, 2017
Regional Program: Combating International and Domestic Human Trafficking
13 visitors and 2 liaisons


January 31 – February 3, 2016         

Promoting Engagement with Migrant Assistant Organization for Russia  

6 Visitors and 2 IV Liaisons 8 total



February 14 – 17, 2016       

Criminal Justice and Counter-Terrorism France

2 Visitors and 1 Interpreter


April 2 – 6, 2016                                                                 

Hong Kong on "Fighting Crime"

4 Visitors and 2 Interpreters


April 14 – 19, 2016                                                             

Afghanistan on Strengthening Afghan Rule of Law

6 Visitors and 2 Interpreters


April 27 – May 3, 2016                                       

Multi-Regional Project Toward a More Safe and Secure World

7 Visitors and 2 Interpreters


May 8 – 11, 2016

United Kingdom Mutual Legal Assistance Policy Advisor

1 Visitor and 1 Interpreter



July 21 – 26, 2016

Demographic Change and Integration in a Multicultural Society

4 Visitors and 1 Interpreter



July 21 – 26, 2016
Integration of Immigrants

6 visitors and 2 interpreters