Project Description

Department of Energy

It is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) responsibility to promote secure, competitive, and environmentally responsible energy sources and production that serve the needs of the public. The DOE also supports national security, promotes international nuclear safety, and reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction. It supports environmental quality and delivers leading edge science and technology to the nation’s science base.


The Office of Policy and International Affairs develops and implements the nation’s international energy policies, assuring they cooperate with international standards and regulations. IA provides the general perspective on all negotiations between the United States and other nations, climate issues, renewable resources and those challenges relating to energy use and efficiency.

Many career paths are available if you want a career with this government agency. You will be able to choose from a variety of positions, including administrative, professional, executive, scientific, faculty, and technical. Important qualifications include a background in engineering, economics, technology or energy services.

Careers in Department of Energy

Foreign Affairs Specialist

In this position, you might work for the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, which provides the DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with timely information, analyses, and expertise to support operational defense nuclear nonproliferation interests. The Assistant Deputy Administrator for International Materials Protection and Cooperation orchestrates DOE/NNSA’s assets and expertise in planning, directing and implementing U.S. cooperation with the Russian government in nuclear materials protection, control, and accountability for which DOE is the lead U.S. governmental agency.

  • Education: To work in this department, you will need Bachelor’s degree or higher in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or the humanities. For higher pay grades graduate degrees and/or specialized experience is necessary.

    Opportunities for Students

Program Analyst

In this position, you would be responsible for analyzing and evaluating the DOE’s national security programs, identifying new and important security issues to design appropriate strategies. In addition to advising the director and the deputy director, you would plan the work program of the department and prepare the annual justification of the congressional budget request. You would also contribute to the DOE annual performance report, program reviews, and other secretarial initiatives.

  • Qualifications: In addition to your degree, you will need one year of specialized experience that is directly related to the duties of this position.

  • Average Annual Salary: $77,000