Job Overview


About the Agency

This is an unpaid fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2006. Successful applicants ideally are employed by a non-governmental/private entity that continues to provide their salary and benefits during the year at the Department of State or USAID. Fellows normally return to their employer at the end of the fellowship. This is a temporary Federal government appointment and does not lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID. Applicants are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting the application package. Please note that we only consider applications that are submitted according to the instructions.


Franklin Fellows bring their substantive expertise to bear to help formulate policy or implement programs and projects. In addition to our recurring need for experts in regional affairs, economics, human rights, nonproliferation, and counterterrorism, we also are seeking Fellows to help launch the U.S. Diplomacy Center – the first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. We seek experts in American diplomatic history, museum studies, exhibit design, interactive visual displays, business management or educational outreach and program development. Fellows engage in the policymaking process and interact with officials from other Executive Branch departments and agencies. They advance U.S. foreign, economic, and development goals, share their expertise, and enhance their knowledge of government, foreign and domestic policy, and global issues. Fellows gain valuable professional experience and enrich their businesses and organizations upon their return. Successful applicants will be placed in offices at the Department of State or USAID in Washington, DC, or at the United Nations in New York.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No