Portuguese Flagship Program

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Working with the Federal Government is a rewarding opportunity filled with countless career paths and room for growth

The Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Portuguese Flagship Scholars who apply for and are awarded a Boren Scholarship could receive up to $20,000 toward funding their Capstone Experience in Brazil.

Benefits of Becoming a Boren Scholar

As a Boren Scholar, you have the privilege of receiving non-competitive hiring authority (Schedule A (r) and NDAA’13) when applying for Federal jobs. Non-competitive positions mean that jobs within the Federal Government are open to select candidates, as opposed to the general public. Under this authority, hiring managers may hire candidates without having to go through the full application process. This is highly sought after way to join the Federal Government as it increases your chances of hire.

As an employee of the Federal Government there are many locations and paths for service throughout the United States. The National Security Education Program (NSEP) stipulates that Boren recipients complete their service requirement in one of the following priority agencies:

Below are some examples of how and where you could take your educational major one step further with a career in the Federal Service:

Opportunities within the Federal Government


Science/ Technology



International Relations

Department of Defense

·General Engineer (Chantilly, VA)
·Geographer (Fort Hood, TX)
·Physician (Fort Hood, TX)
·Vocational Nurse (Fort Hood, TX)
·Land Surveyor (Fort Hood, TX)
·Nuclear Engineer (Washington, DC)
·Civil Engineer (Nationwide)
·Architect (Nationwide)
·Environmental Protection Specialist (Ponce, PR)
·Natural Resources Specialist (Saint Louis, MI)
·Supervisory Marketing Specialist (Randolph, TX)
·Budget Analyst (Randolph AFB, TX)
·Contract Price/Cost Analyst (Fort Hood, TX)
·Financial Management Analyst (Randolph, TX)
·Accountant (Nationwide)
·Reality Officer (Andrews AFB, MD)
·Child and Youth Program Assistant (Fort Hood, TX)
·Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Randolph, TX)
·Librarian (Nationwide)
·Archivist (Nationwide)
·Communications Clerk (Scott, IL)
·Public Affairs Specialist (For Wainwright, AL)
·Program Analyst (Austin, TX)
·Operations Research (Nationwide)
·Foreign Affairs Specialist (Arlington, VA)
·Management and Program Analyst (Fort Meade, MD)
·Intelligence Operations Specialist (Arlington, VA)

Department of Homeland Security

·Nurse Consultant (Nationwide)
·Engineer (Nationwide)
·Chemist (Nationwide)
·Physical Scientist (Nationwide)
·Audio Visual Production Specialist (Nationwide)
·Telecommunications Specialist (Nationwide)
·Financial Program Specialist (Nationwide)
·International Trade Specialist (Nationwide)
·Auditor (Nationwide)
·Contract Specialist (Nationwide)
·Public Affairs Specialist (Nationwide)
·HR Specialist (Nationwide)
·Management and Program Analyst (Nationwide)
·Mission Support Specialist (Nationwide)
·International Relations Specialist (Nationwide)
·Intelligence Research Specialist (Nationwide)

Department of State

·Medical Specialist (Pakistan)
·Information Technology Specialist (Nationwide)
·SQL Report Writer (Austin, TX)
·General Engineer (Nationwide)
·Financial Analyst (Charleston, SC)
·Supervisory Accountant (Charleston, SC)
·Financial Management Specialist (Charleston, SC)
·Records Management Specialist (Nationwide)
·Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Washington, DC)
·Legal Counsel (Nationwide)
·Document Design Officer (Nationwide)
·Equal Opportunity Specialist (Nationwide)
·Supervisory Passport Specialist (Minneapolis, MN)
·Foreign Affairs Officer (Washington, DC)
·Foreign Service Officer (Worldwide)
·Foreign Affairs Specialist (Washington, DC)
·Intelligence Research Specialist (Washington, DC)
·Language & Culture Instructors (Nationwide)
·Public Diplomacy Officer (Nationwide)

Intelligence Community

·Cyber Threat Analyst (Washington, DC)
·Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner (Washington, DC)
·Science Technology and Weapons Analyst (Washington, DC)
·Data Scientist (Washington, DC)
·Technical Developer (Washington, DC)
·Clinical Psychologist (Washington, DC)
·Biologist (Quantico, VA)
·Budget Analyst (Washington, DC)
·Financial Manager (Nationwide)
·Accountant (Nationwide)
·Business Consultant (Nationwide)
·Cost Analyst (Nationwide)
·Contracting Specialist (Nationwide)
·Education and Training Specialist (Washington, DC)
·Education and Training Program Manager (Nationwide)
·Paralegal (Washington, DC)
·Editor (Nationwide)
·Visual Information Specialist/ Graphic Designer (Nationwide)


·Scientific Linguist (Nationwide)
·Foreign Language Advisor (Nationwide)
·Area Security Officer (Nationwide)
·Security Analyst (Nationwide)
·Foreign Language Instructor (Washington, DC)
·Contract Linguists (Nationwide)
·Foreign Language Program Managers (Nationwide)