Thursday, October 3, 2013

U.S. Department of State

If any of you have ever considered working for the U. S. Department of State, here is an excellent videotaped interview with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Foreign Service Director-General. She gives an overview of the traits that the State Department looks for and explains the very competitive selection process.

Over 20,000 people take the written test each year, and only a few hundred per year are hired.  The written exam is only the first part of the  process; if you pass the multiple choice section, then your essays are looked at: and, if you pass that section, then you are invited to an oral exam. We are fortunate in Florida to have two of the 16 Diplomats in Residence whose function is to interact with college students who are considering a career in foreign service.

Hopefully you will have an opportunity to meet Ed Loo, who covers the southern half of the state, at one of our career events this year. If you are preparing your application materials for State Department internships or fellowships, he will review them for you and answer any questions that you might have.  If you want a career where you get to reinvent yourself every two or three years with each new assignment, the State Department just might be for you! 

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