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Work Overseas for the Federal Government, Working Overseas as a Foreign Service Officer
By: Staff (justin) 2012.02.13

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Working for the government may be your best bet to a long-lasting career overseas. Over 50,000 U.S. Citizens work abroad with the government, most working as foreign service officers in one of 230 U.S. embassies worldwide. The "Big 6" for international recruitment are as follows, with each appropriate listing following:

Department of State
Department of Defense
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States Information Agency (USIA)
Peace Corps
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Federal Government

The Department of State offers paid and unpaid opportunities for one semester or quarter during the year. Most positions available in Washington DC with overseas opportunities. For details go to or send inquiries to:
Intern Coordinator
Recruitment Division
Department of State
Box 12209
Rosslyn Station
Arlington, VA 22209

The Peace Corps seeks U.S. Citizens over 18 and in good health as volunteers in overseas communities in the areas of education, small business development, the environment, health, youth development and agriculture. For details call (800) 424-8580 or go to

The U.S. Information Agency offers a limited number of salaried internships for a summer-hire program. Paid positions available as tour guides in Russia. For details go to or send inquiries to: Employment Branch U.S. Information Agency 301 Fourth Street, SW Washington,DC 20547

The Agency for International Development recruits students in areas of public health, accounting, finance, agriculture, and international relations. For details go to or send a transcript of grades, a Standard Form 171 (Personal Qualifications Statement) and a letter of endorsement from your school to:
Student Program Coordinator
Office of Personnel Management
Agency for International Development
2401 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20523

The Agency for International Development offers I30 intern positions a year that can lead to full-time positions. For details go to or send inquries to:
International Development Intern Program
Recruitment Staff, FSP/RSS
Agency for International Development
Washingnton, DC 20523

The Central Intelligence Agency offers limited opportunities overseas. For details go to or send inquiries to:
Director of Personnel
Washington, DC 20505

The Inter-American Foundation is an independent government corporation that supports social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Inter-American Foundation
901 N. Stuart St.
Arlington, VA 22203

International Trade Administration
Within the agency, employees are hired into one of four departments; International Economic Policy,Trade Development, Trade Administration, Foreign Commercial Services
Travel Services, U.S.
Department of Commerce
14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington,DC 20230

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United Nations

United Nations is another solid option for working abroad. The UN has 600 stations nationwide, yet only 10% of UN workers are from the U.S.

Summer Internship Program
Division of Personnel
United Nations Development Program
One U.N. Plaza NY NY 10017

UN Development Program
Eight to ten weeks on-the-job training for enrolled graduate students fluent in two of United Nations' official languages. For details go to or send inquiries to:
UNDP Summer Internship Program
U.N. Secretariat
United Nations
One U.N. Plaza
New York, NY 10017

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Young Professional Programs
Junior professional posts are given for assignments of four to eight months.
World Bank
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433

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