Posted August 20, 2015 by

United States Department of State Voted #3 in Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey for Large Agencies

department of state logoIt is important to most of us that we enjoy our work but difficult to know when you’re looking for a job whether we’ll be happier working for one employer versus another. A great way to know if an employer offers a great place to work is to ask the people who know the organizations best — their employees. Since 2003, The Partnership for Public Service has awarded federal government agencies voted among the best places to work. For 2014, the third best place to work among large agencies was the United States Department of State.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and located at the Harry S. Truman Building is the United States Department of State (DoS).  Also known as the State Department, this executive department of the federal government works in international relations.  Its job is to carry out foreign policy and diplomacy.  The DoS was the very first executive department established when the department was founded back in 1789.

Why would you want to work for the United States Department of State?  It offers a culture of leadership.  You will have the chance to develop as a leader through enriching experiences both domestically and internationally.  As an employee, you get to work on issues that affect our world such as human rights, the environment, food security, and public health.  In addition, you can achieve both personal and professional development.

Career opportunities that are available in the United States Department of State include the following:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Civil Service Officer
  • Diplomatic Security
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Veteran’s Employment Program
  • Disability Reasonable Accommodation Division

There are also other opportunities available such as student programs.  These include the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) and the Pathways Program (paid); both are designed for students to get work experience in foreign affairs.

Sources: Best Places to Work, Wikipedia, United States Department of State

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