Get Involved!

Are you interested in getting more involved with AFSA in its role as the professional association and union for the Foreign Service? This page will list all available opportunities to do so.

  • JOIN THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD: AFSA is seeking a few (five) great members to serve on the Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board. Active-duty and retired FS AFSA members from all the foreign affairs agencies are invited to apply for a two-year term beginning late summer 2017. The Foreign Service Journal occupies a unique space, covering diplomacy, development and life and work in the Foreign Service from an insider’s perspective. The Journal bylaws spell out the publication’s mission: to provide “a forum for the lively debate of issues of interest to foreign affairs professionals.” The Journal welcomes and seeks a wide variety of opinions and voices, aiming to advance the discussion of diplomacy and development and the FS career. It is a place to air ideas, to spark and continue conversations and debate. It is both a forum for practitioners to share ideas and also a bridge to the world outside the Foreign Service, as colleagues on the Hill, in other agencies and in universities find food for thought on our pages. You can help shepherd this treasured 99-year-old publication into its next century by volunteering to serve on the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board sets the editorial direction of the Journal, in consultation with the editorial staff. Editorial Board members, appointed by the AFSA Governing Board, meet once a month to evaluate manuscripts, decide on future topics and otherwise help ensure that the Journal speaks effectively to the issues of importance to the Foreign Service. Board members must be able to attend, in person, monthly meetings at AFSA headquarters (generally the second Tuesday of the month, for a good lunch and lively discussion). The total monthly time commitment averages from four to six hours for reading and reviewing articles and attending the meeting. If interested, please send a CV, statement of interest and completed application form to journal@afsa.org by April 10. The application form is posted at www.afsa.org/committees.