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Foreign Service Officers

Tips for Entry

Visit for comprehensive information about careers.

Read publications such as Foreign Service Journal ( and STATE magazine ( to learn more about the field.

Participate in an internship with the U.S. Department of State.

Conduct information interviews with Foreign Service officers and ask them for advice on preparing for and entering the field. The U.S. Department of State offers Diplomats in Residence, in which career FSOs located throughout the United States provide advice to young people about careers. Visit for more information.

Visit to take a quiz that will help you assess which Foreign Service career track is right for you.