What motivates you to pursue a career in public service? Why do you want to serve as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service?

The Personal Statement is a key part of your application that will be scored for the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship. Here’s your chance to shine.  Use your personal, professional and academic experiences to describe your potential as a DSS Special Agent. Think of this as a personal narrative in which you have 750 words to tell a story that:

  • Expresses your motivation for pursuing a career in public service
  • Describes the impact of your experiences and why they were important
  • Illustrates your potential to serve as a DSS Special Agent in the Foreign Service
  • Reflects how your skills, abilities and personal qualities align with the Foreign Service Dimensions

Be sure that your personal statement is well-written, uses proper English and provides a clear statement of your goals, interests, and background.  This must be your own work, without assistance from AI or ChatGPT. And don’t forget to proofread your statement before you submit.