Few foreign policy officer positions available
Chances of getting a job as a foreign policy officer are average because it's a small, specialist occupation with low staff turnover.
Opportunities for people with similar public service experience are poor as MFAT prefers to train graduates who stay on and progress within the organisation.
Opportunities with MFAT's graduate training programme
There are opportunities for graduates in MFAT's foreign policy officer development programme. Around 30 graduates a year are accepted into the programme, which MFAT advertises in March.
Your best chance of applying for the development programme is to sign up for job alerts from the MFAT careers page. Summer internships are also advertised and by doing one you can increase your chances of being accepted into the programme.
One employer of foreign policy officers
All foreign policy officers are employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.