Career diplomats are officers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan. Recruitment into the Foreign Service of Pakistan takes place through Competitive Examination (CE) conducted by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). The officers are part ofCivil Service of Pakistan under "Chapter I: Part-XII, Article 240" of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Their recruitment and promotions take place as per the relevant rules of the Government of Pakistan.
Attaches are also appointed at Pakistan Missions Abroad to serve in different wings including Trade & Commerce, Defence, Press and Community and Welfare. Each wing performs to specific functions and focuses on its respective areas of work. The Attaches are recruited through competitive examinations, the process of which is undertaken by their respective Ministries.
The staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is recruited under two streams: i. Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) undertakes the process notified under relevant S.R.O.s/Rules; ii. Ministry of Foreign Affairs undertakes direct hiring through open advertisement after approval from the Establishment Division.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs runs a prestigious internship programmeof attachment for short duration for students and young professionalsinterested in the field of international relations and diplomacy. The programme gives them a firsthand insight into Pakistan’s diplomacy and an opportunity to learn about the working of the Ministry.
Nature of Engagement/ Responsibility:
The interns are placed in different divisions (bilateral, multilateral or public diplomacy) of the Ministry depending on the requirements of these divisions and their respective aptitude and skill set. They are assigned to supervising officers, who provide guidance, support, and regular feedback to help them grow and learn. During the course of the internship programe,the interns are expected to engage in:
- Research and Analysis
- Drafting Diplomatic Documents and Correspondence
- Event Planning and Coordination
- Protocol arrangements
- Language Services
- Administrative Support
- Candidates should have a strong academic record and a genuine interest in international relations, diplomacy, political science, law, economics, languages, or related fields;
- The minimum requirement for undergraduate students is completion of six semesters of the undergraduate programmewith a minimum CGPA of 3.0.
- Candidates who have completed their undergraduate/Masters Degrees in International Relations/Political Science/Accounting & Finance/Strategic Studies and related fields are given preference.
Invitation for internship applications is advertised on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Universities accredited to Higher Education Commission are also informed of the process through formal channels.
- Personal statement (500-1000 words)
- 2 Passport Size Photographs
- Matriculation Certificate
- NOC from the University (in case the student is currently pursuing a degree)
- Complete residential address
- Phone number
The Ministry shortlists interns based on eligibility criteria.
Prospective interns are invited for an interview, to be conducted by a panel of senior officers of the Ministry, to assess their suitability.If needed, secondary interviews may also be conducted with the relevant divisions.
- Ministry’s internship programme is highly competitive with a rigorous selection process. Prospective candidates are,therefore, advised not to approach the selection committee through any other channels.
- Any attempt to influence the selection process results in automatic disqualification from the internshipprogramme.
- After approval of the Selection Committee, the selected candidates receive a confirmation email to join the programme.
- Inaccuracies in the applications at any stage of the process result in immediate disqualification.
Two batches of 20-25 interns are inducted per year under the Internship Programme and are accommodated as per the needs and requirement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Please check HERE for announcements regarding invitation of internship applications.
Interns sign an internship contract and a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the Ministry to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information during and after the internshipprogramme.
Interns are expected to adhere to the Ministry's code of conduct, which includes professionalism, respect for confidentiality, punctuality, and maintaining a positive and respectful work environment.