Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP)

The Office of Overseas Employment in the Bureau of Human Resources (HR/OE) has confirmed that the Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP) may proceed for Winter/Spring 2018/2019.  HR is now accepting applications for a limited time.  Full application details are found at the end of this announcement.  Applications must be submitted to Employment-Germany@state.gov, electronically only, no later than COB November 30, 2018.  We will try to accommodate all applicants, but we will prioritize applications received by the deadline

QualificationsThe OSHP is designed to facilitate the employment of qualified Eligible Family Member (EFM) students, and to provide special project, clerical and administrative support to posts abroad during the winter/spring transfer season.

Applicants for OSHP positions must meet ALL of the following requirements:

(1) Applicant must either:
A. Meet the definition of EFM child, as set forth in 3 FAM 7120;
1. Is the child of a sponsoring employee under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support;
AND
2. Is listed on one of the following:
(a)  The travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
(b)  An approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment.
Or
B. Be a child undertaking travel for which a U.S. government employee is authorized to receive an Educational Travel Allowance, as set forth in DSSR 280, if that child were to undertake study at a school away from post
AND

(2) Applicant must be in Student Status:
Must be a full-time or part-time student currently enrolled in a course of study at a high school, college, university, or other educational institution, including on-line. Upon request, applicants must be able to present documentation confirming their student status. Student status does not cease during the break between school years if the break does not exceed twelve (12) months and if the applicant can produce documentation of enrollment for a course of study at a high school, college, university, or other educational institution, including on-line, which will begin immediately after the break.
AND

(3) Clearance:
A. Be able to pass a non-sensitive security background investigation.
Fingerprint Cards are required to obtain clearances. (These are only required if applicant has not previously done fingerprints for the OSHP program in 2018.)
– An appointment for fingerprinting can be made with RSO by emailing

OSHP is not an internship program. Although there is no guarantee that an OSHP assignment will fulfill internship requirements, students may include a request for internship credit with information and requirements in the student application form.

CompensationOSHP positions are subject to the availability of funding.  Much of the work to be performed during the seasonal breaks is normally of a routine clerical nature, and posts employ all seasonal hires at grade FS-BB, step 1 on the Foreign Service Extended Pay Schedule, regardless of each student’s education or experience. OSHP students only receive compensation for hours actually worked and do not accrue and are not eligible for annual leave, sick leave, holiday pay and danger pay.

All compensation payments must be made through electronic funds transfer (EFT); employees must provide a completed Direct Deposit Sign-up Form (SF1199a), per the below application requirements.

Benefits: OSHP student employees do not accrue and are not eligible for annual leave, sick leave, holiday pay, or danger pay. OSHP student employees are not eligible for incentive awards. 

Application Deadline:The Winter/Spring 2018/2019 OSHP period is between December 17, 2017 and April 30, 2018. OSHP applicants must be able to work full time for two consecutive weeks during this period.  Note that students should list their availability for both winter and spring break periods on this application – no separate announcement will be sent out for spring break.  HR and applicable sections will coordinate assignments of OSHP participants.  Applications must be submitted to Employment-Germany@state.gov, electronically only, no later than COB November 30, 2018. We will try to accommodate all applicants, but we will prioritize applications received by the deadline

Application ProcessA complete application packet must be electronically submitted by COB November 30, 2018 to Employment-Germany@state.gov.  The application packet requires the following attached forms:

  • Mission Germany OSHP Application Form
  • W-4 Tax form (please note the State you are registered in at the top left hand corner of the W-4 Tax form.)
  • State Tax form
  • Direct Deposit form (must also include one of the following: online bank statement with account and routing numbers, a voided check, official bank letter,  or a personal deposit slip.)

In addition:

  • Hard copies of finger print cards are required (Only required if applicant has not previously done fingerprints for the OSHP program in 2018.)
    Frankfurt:       Frank Watts, room D221
    Berlin:             Kerstin Witte
    Munich:          Andrea Proctor
  • An appointment for fingerprinting can be made with RSO if needed

To submit your complete application package please attach the above documents to your email and mail them to employment-germany@state.gov.  All required forms must be turned in together.

Please note: The forms and a list of OSHP positions are available on this page on the right under Required Forms/Documents as well as a list of current OSHP Positions for Mission Germany. Please fill out the forms and send your application to employment-germany@state.govstating the position you are interested in.