The Mission of the Office of Language Services of the Department of State is to facilitate communication with non-English speaking governments and people by providing high-level interpreting and translating support to the Executive Office of the President, the Department of State, and other agencies of the United States Federal Government.
The Office of Language Services carries on a tradition of language support for the conduct of foreign policy that dates back to 1789, when it was founded by Thomas Jefferson, the first Secretary of State of the United States of America. We have approximately 20 staff diplomatic/conference interpreters representing a dozen languages.
Our contract interpreters are tested for consecutive, simultaneous and/or conference work at three different levels of skill in over 60 languages. Staff interpreters must hold US citizenship. Contract interpreters may be foreign nationals, but they must be able to work legally in the United States.