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Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State

As the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State represents the United States at more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world, including embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations. 

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor.  The Department’s Foreign Service is a corps of some 13,000 employees dedicated to representing America abroad and responding to the needs of American citizens living and traveling around the world.  There are also more than 45,000 locally employed Foreign Service staff at overseas posts.  Today, the primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a freer, prosperous and secure world.

If you are passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you.  The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.

Explore a career in the Foreign Service and start your journey with the Department of State today.  Start by looking at where we work, or taking the quiz to find out if the Foreign Service is right for you, or what career track is the best fit.  Learn more by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s website at