Job Overview


About the Agency

Note: This is an UNPAID fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This is a TEMPORARY Federal government appointment and does not lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID. Franklin Fellows are welcome to apply to advertised positions in either Agency, but must meet the applicable qualifications and complete the standard application and assessment process for such positions.
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application WILL NOT get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined." Please note that if you are selected to participate in the Franklin Fellows Program (FFP) that this participation does NOT lead to a permanent position upon completion of the one-year service with the Department of State (DOS) or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


The Fellows will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the strengthening of policy formulation and programs within the Department of State and USAID. Further, Fellows may interact with other government entities, such as the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties. At the same time, Fellows will enhance their own knowledge of government and global issues. Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating organizations and communities upon their return.

Click here for a list of challenging positions for which the bureaus and offices of the U.S. Department of State and USAID wish to host Franklin Fellows. This list changes and is not necessarily fully inclusive, but it does represent most of the bureau requests. Please note that not every position may still be available at the moment a nominated Fellow and the Department or USAID are ready to begin discussion of assignments.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Depending on the position, occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No