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HOW DO I FIND AN INTERNATIONAL JOB IN WASHINGTON, DC?
I'm often asked how to get an international job in DC and where to look. This list below is a guide on where to find announcements for international jobs in DC. Only DC natives know about these websites, and how to use them correctly. Each of these websites has a different focus and there may be some overlap in the jobs that they advertise. After reading this post, you will be miles ahead of your job search competition. However, you should always utilize your professional network in conjunction with these websites during your job search. These websites should be another set of tools in your job search toolkit. If I missed any good sites, please let me know in the comments below.
This website is operated by Brad Traverse and his wife, Fraser Traverse. Both Brad and Fraser served in a wide variety of positions inside the beltway. Their website is updated every day with new jobs. Even Christmas! Sometimes they even post jobs that are located in other parts of the United States. This website costs $5 a month, but it will be the best $5 you have ever spent!
THE SENATE EMPLOYMENT BULLETIN
As its name would suggest, this website focuses exclusively on positions in the U.S. Senate. This is a great place to monitor openings for positions at places like the Foreign Affairs Committee and Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness. Remember to indicate the job referral number associated with each announcement and submit a separate resume for every position.
This website is operated by Tom Manatos (a Democrat) and his wife Dana (a Republican). Tom used to work for the Democratic Lader and Speaker of the House. Dana served at The White House under President George W. Bush. This list is similar to Brad Traverse but focuses more on Capitol Hill positions. Tom Manatos is a free and delivers a daily digest of job openings to your email inbox. The daily digest separates full-time positions from internships. The Tom Manatos iOS app is available for free in the App Store.
If you are interested in international positions at agencies like Commerce, State, Treasury, or USAID your only option is USAJOBS.gov. This website is not for beginners. The application process is long, complex, and requires extreme attention to detail. If you are in college, reach out to your school's career services center for help. If you are out in the job market, get some help from a job search coach. USAJOBS does not advertise openings for interns, political appointees, or foreign service officers.
If you are in the international trade arena, you need to join WITA. While WITA has a small careers page on its website, WITA's real strength is the various events it provides for its members. The best way to keep up with trade policy is to be a regular attendee at WITA's events and education seminars.
WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE (WIIT)
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) focuses on the professional development of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development. WIIT does this through professional development, educational offerings, and social activities.