Jobs at the Embassy

Please review the information below for additional details on how to apply for a job at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa. The recruitment process at the Embassy is not intended to be a long process, but it is designed to be consistent, focused and fair in attracting and securing the most suitable person for the job being advertised.

We highly recommend that you read the following information carefully. Failure to follow instructions on how to apply will invalidate your application.

All ordinary resident applicants must have the required work permit or documentation that permits to work legally in Honduras in order to be eligible for consideration.

In your application you must provide us with a copy of your work permit, legal residence, or Honduran citizenship. Please do not send originals by mail. Copies are acceptable. If you fail to provide this documentation, your application will no longer be pursued.

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa WILL NOT procure work permits for candidates.

To apply for an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, please submit the Application for Foreign National Student Intern Program (PDF 387KB) to the Embassy’s Human Resources Office.

Internship Opportunities

If this page is blank, there are no internship opportunities currently being advertised and we invite you to revisit this site in a few days to check for any new opportunities.

In accordance with State Department policy, the hiring preference order is the following:

  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
  2. AEFM / USEFM
  3. Foreign Service Officer on Leave Without Pay (LWOP)

If these individuals meet all the essential criteria as outlined on the job advertisement, they will be selected for assessment. If the preference candidate demonstrates that they meet the essential requirements for the position during the assessment, they will be selected for that position.

Applications from other (non-preference) candidates will ONLY be considered if preference candidates do not demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria on paper, or at assessment. The essential selection criterion of a vacancy is specified in the job announcement/advertisement of the position.

If you have a hiring preference, it is YOUR responsibility to demonstrate this at the time of application. If you fail to provide the information detailed below, preference will NOT be given.

Interested candidates for a vacancy MUST submit the following for each vacancy that interests them for consideration of their application. The Human Resources Office does not keep a data base of applications.

Please submit:

Universal Application for Employment UAE/DS-174 (PDF 636KB): An Application Form which you can download in PDF form.

If you’re applying to a USAID position, please send your DS-174 Application Form to TGGUSAID@state.gov and tegucigalpahr@usaid.gov

If you’re applying to a State Department position, please send your DS-174 Application Form to hrot3@state.gov

You must ALSO include the following information in your application for employment:

  • Evidence of your legal right to work in Honduras such as a copy of your work permit or citizenship. Please do not send originals by mail. Copies are acceptable.
  • Evidence of U.S. citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM) Preference (such as copy of your sponsor’s orders), if applicable. Please do not send originals by mail. Copies are acceptable.
  • Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
  • Resume, copy of degrees, certificates, IDs, etc. will be considered as supporting material.

Please Note: Whether you are an internal or external candidate, IF YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE IS INCOMPLETE, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED further for a vacancy.

You will be required to attend the assessment for a position in person. Telephone interviews may be possible but only as a rare exception. Interviews are normally held at the location of the job being advertised. Please note that travel to and from the location will not be reimbursed.

For some positions, you may have to complete a work related exercise/test which is relevant to the job. For instance, if you have been selected to interview for a finance position, you may have to undertake an Excel test prior to the interview that day or any other day. Attendance for an interview may be subject to the successful completion of a work related exercise/test. The hiring office will determine the pass rate of the exercise/test.

During the interview, a hiring panel will determine whether you are the best person for the job, basing their questions on the duties and requirements of the advertised position. The panel comprises of the chief of the hiring office, a subject matter expert from the hiring office, an HR representative and if there are preference candidates (i.e. U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFM’s), a Post Employment Committee (PEC) representative.

If the interview panel determines that you are the best person for the job, your past two most recent employers may be contacted and asked to provide employment references for you prior to a tentative offer of employment being made.

Once we have received satisfactory references from your previous employers, you will be made a tentative offer of employment and will be required to go through an Embassy medical and security investigation prior to appointment. Both of these certifications can take up from two to three months.

You will need to be certified by both our security and medical departments before you can begin work with the Embassy, therefore we would always recommend not handing in your notice to your current employer before you have received full clearances. Additionally, please note that the Embassy is willing to negotiate the notice period that in accordance to Honduran labor law, you will need to provide your current employer.

  • Send your DS-174 application form completely filled out with supporting documents such as diplomas, transcripts, work permits or Honduran identification, and your driver’s license if the position requires you to drive a government vehicle.
  • Wait for the Human Resources Office to contact you for language or skills test, interviews, tentative job offer or regret letter.
  • Be punctual to tests and interviews.
  • Dress appropriately for the interview.
  • Notify the Human Resources Office if you are late or unable to be present in a test or an interview.
  • Send incomplete applications.
  • Not attend tests (English, skills, or driving) and forget to notify the Human Resources Office.
  • Be late.
  • Consistently ask questions about the recruitment process.