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Foreign Service

The APHIS Foreign Service is the foundation for our work overseas. Our officers form lasting relationships in-country, representing America at the highest levels abroad to safeguard U.S. agricultural health.

Who We Are

Our Foreign Service Officers are trained diplomats and technical experts who thrive in a global environment and have a passion for public service. In collaboration with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the APHIS Foreign Service applies scientific knowledge to help resolve plant and animal health issues in a variety of dynamic, challenging settings. 

Our work supports two critical missions—keeping U.S. agriculture healthy and ensuring market opportunities for American producers.

Join the Foreign Service!

We seek adaptable, motivated people from all educational backgrounds to join the APHIS Foreign Service. If you want a prestigious career where you can make a difference for U.S. agriculture, come find your future with us!

To become an APHIS Foreign Service Officer, you must:
  • have a degree in Plant Pathology, Agriculture, or Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine,
  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • be available for worldwide assignments, and
  • be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance and a worldwide medical clearance.
Apply now to join our Foreign Service Foreign Service Officer Informational Webinar


APHIS Foreign Service Fellowship Program

Interested in becoming an APHIS Foreign Service Officer? Check out our fellowship program.
  • Open to applicants from any undergraduate institution who will be pursuing graduate studies in Agriculture or Veterinary Sciences/Medicine at Tuskegee University in the upcoming academic year
  • Significant financial support for graduate studies, two summer internships (one domestic and one overseas), mentoring, and professional development
  • Entry into the APHIS Foreign Service at completion of fellowship program
  • Highly competitive; application deadline each year in March

For More Information

Contact us at aphis.foreignservice@usda.gov.

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