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REPRESENT AMERICA TO THE WORLD Discover opportunities that allow you to contribute your experiences, knowledge, and expertise to work on foreign policies, technology, security systems, buildings, and more, around the world. Join the diplomatic workforce that reflects and ...
Mission: The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

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𝙅𝙤𝙞𝙣 𝙅𝙚𝙛𝙛, 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙀𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐.𝙎. 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚, 𝙞𝙣 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝘽𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙐.𝙎. 𝘿𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝘼𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙙. Jeff spent his formative years helping with odd jobs for a construction company where he learned the value of service and the basics of project management. He decided to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, and now, as a Foreign Service Construction Engineer, he plays a critical role in ensuring new U.S. embassy construction abroad is executed according to applicable plans, specifications, schedules, and standards. With a degree in architecture or engineering, in combination with experience in vertical construction, you too can utilize your skills and contribute your knowledge to managing teams that provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities which represent the U.S. to the host nation. The Construction Engineer position is now open through July 11. Apply on USAJOBS - - and contribute your innovative thinking and global perspectives to this unique public service career. U.S. citizenship is required.
Jeff, Construction Engineer, Foreign Service, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
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You’re Invited: Network with Architects and Engineers Who Work on U.S. Embassy and Consulate Projects Every Day. U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence, Katelyn Choe, and two Construction Engineers, Tamela Simpson and Roman Tellez, will host a virtual information session on June 15 at 3pm EST/Noon PST. Please join us to learn how you can transition your education and experience into a unique public service career. Please RSVP at to receive the event link and the credentials to access it.
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    - The work culture is more positive than other agencies’ work culture. - If you find a promotion-heavy job category, you can stay in for several years with consistent promotions every 52 weeks. - Health benefits are pretty sound and with reliable coverage and pricing. - Retirement benefits are great. - Parental leave is ample for mothers and fathers. - Telework flexibility is prevalent in most positions. - The agency cares about raising up good leaders. - TDY opportunities can be plentiful and very rewarding. - DOS advocates for details with other offices and agencies to encourage relationships within the federal government, so this can ultimately lead to better promotion opportunities for employees.


    - PTO accrual is bleak. - The best opportunity for positions is often in high cost-of-living cities. - Performance recognition can be hard to come by. - The wait to promote to the next grade (52 consecutive weeks of full time work) can make-or-break desires to stay for some employees. - Equating private-sector salary and experience to GS scale is difficult and can often result in an undercut salary.

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      I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at U.S. Department of State (Tampa, FL) in Aug 2023


      Apply online and then go through one round of interviews through a phone call. It was professional and the interview centered around my experience and what I could bring to the internship program.

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    U.S. Department of State Awards & Accolades

    • Best Places to Work for CommutersNational Center for Transit Research at USF2012
    • Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' ChoiceEqual Opportunity Publications2012
    • Best Workplaces for CommutersNational Center for Transit Research at USF2010
    • Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large)Partnership for Public Service2009

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