Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Opening for recent graduates interested in international affairs

 Program Support Assistant, OBO-PSC / Area Management

Arlington, VA, US

Appointment Type Details: Full-time, 1 year renewable for 4 years.

APPLY, closes Feb. 17, 2022


​This is considered an entry level position and the ideal candidate would have some government internship experience to qualify.  Also all applicants should use a federal resume style listing all work experience and skills when applying. Open to recent graduates, Dec. 2021 or before. 


This Personal Services Contractor (PSC) position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Operations Directorate (OPS) Office of Area Management. The contractor serves as Program Support Assistant, responsible for providing clerical and administrative support to the Office's Division Chiefs and Area Management Officers.


STATEMENT: The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Personal Services Contractor employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!


Key Requirements:

  • BA or BS Graduate, Dec. 2021 or later 

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.




SHARED BY AN ALUM, Tips for Applying

This position was shared by a fellow Terp who really wants other Terps to know about this transitional position. Review the tips the alum shared with the Feller Center below. 


Follow all application guidelines closely! Only apply if you have already graduated. If you have had several internships as a student you may meet the one year specialized experience. Also alumni with years of experience are encouraged to apply. 

  • They are seeking applicants who are technology savvy - MS office suite, sharepoint- and are willing to learn.

  • No travel required, but the option does exist. 

  • Qualities needed: Organized, multitask, team player, customer service skills, ability to be deliberate in their conversation, good knowledge of political geography, be a self-starter. 

  • Will be working with foreign service officers- would be a great benefit if that is a career path of interest. 

  • Will get access to all of the state department training.

  • Review tips for creating a federal resume.