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Professional Exchange Visit Series: US Department of State

Professional Exchange visit - US State Department

Professional Exchange visit – US State Department

US Department of State, Washington, DC

Walking into the lobby adorned with flags of our nation’s allies, I knew this was going to be an exciting and educational site visit. The morning was packed with back-to-back fifteen minute information sessions on the various careers available for current students and mid-level employees. Terry Davidson, the Diplomat in Residence for the Metro DC Region, was our main point of contact for the visit. Below is an extremely informational e-mail you can share with students in addition to familiarizing yourself with the application process and opportunities available. We also got to hear from two current interns and a former intern on their experience; all sharing meaningful work experiences. The visit concluded with lunch on the 8th floor overlooking the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. To our surprise, there was a WW2 Victory Capitol Flyover that took place during that time as well.


I am passing along links to a number of resources.  If you have not seen the video below, I’d really urge you to take a look; it’s excellent.  Feel free to forward the body of this message to any/all who have interest in State Department internships, Civil Service jobs and Foreign Service careers.  I am always happy to answer any questions you and your clients have.

Your one-stop source for exploring State Department careers is our website.  For smartphone users, the DOSCareers mobile app is another option.

If you’d like a quick introduction to Foreign Service careers, please take a look at “Changing the World: Joining the Foreign Service.”

State Department internships offer you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of careers at State.   Internship opportunities are outlined in detail in the Student Programs section of the site, where you can also find our internship brochure.  Our internships open about nine months in advance of the actual start date, as the selection process takes several months and all selected must obtain a Security Clearance at the “Secret” level.  So, for instance, the summer internship application goes live around September 1 for the following summer internships.

For those interested in paid internships via the Pathways Program, find details and sign up for “Keep Me Informed” here.  Remember, the key is to have your resume all ready to go on USAJobs and sign up for alerts of Pathways openings.  Rapid action is essential to have a good chance to land a Pathways internship.

And if the Virtual Student Foreign Service internships sound like a good option, you can learn about the program and review the list of projects from previous years at

If you decide the Foreign Service is your calling, take a close look at the Rangel and Pickering fellowship programs.  These two fellowships provide support for two years of graduate education in fields related to diplomacy, two summers of paid internships and a fast-track entry into the Foreign Service.

Students who are eager to gain more international and langauge experience to prepare for diplomatic careers can look at studying abroad with the help of State Department-sponsored exchange programs such as the Gilman, the Fulbright, and the Critical Language scholarships.  More programs are described at the Exchanges web portal.

Please like me on Facebook, so you’ll know when I and my successor Diplomats in Residence are offering info sessions at locations around the DC Metro Region.  We are always ready to talk with those who have questions about the world of diplomatic careers.

Good luck, Terry

Terry Davidson, Diplomat in Residence for the DC Metro Region


Amanda Choo

Amanda Choo

post by Amanda Choo, Experiential Education Coordinator, University Career Services, New Brunswick, Rutgers, The State University

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