United States Department of State Opportunities for service members and veterans
Foreign Service Specialists: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/. These specialized positions are somewhat akin to warrant officers and include positions in IT, engineering (construction and security), and business administration, among others. We do have a fellowship available for IT students, which provides support for two years of undergraduate or graduate study followed by a five year service commitment: https://www.faitfellowship.org/. Not all of these positions are open at all times, but interested individuals can register to receive updates.
Foreign Service Generalists: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/. This career path is divided into five career tracks. The consular career track deals with issues such as crisis response, citizen services, visas. FSOs in the economic career track report on economic trends, support U.S. businesses, follow trade issues, and may be responsible for environmental and STEM diplomacy. The management career track manages the embassy or consulate’s people, resources, and systems, including the motor pool and housing. FSOs in the political career track analyze and report on internal/external political relations, human rights, democracy, security, and socio-political trends. The public diplomacy career track is responsible for press relations, social media, education and cultural affairs, public outreach, and exchanges. For those thinking of graduate school, the Rangel and Pickering Fellowships also offer support for two years of graduate study: https://rangelprogram.org and https://pickeringfellowship.org/, followed by a five year service commitment.
For additional information: Jason Vorderstrasse Diplomat in Residence – Southern CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, and MP U.S. Department of State Bureau of Global Talent Management | Talent Acquisition DIRSouthernCalifornia@state.gov