US Department of State-Internships


The Department is looking for students with a broad range of majors, such as Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical and Engineering Sciences, as well as those majors more traditionally identified with international affairs. Intern duties and responsibilities may vary according to post or office of assignment. For instance, interns may write reports on human rights issues, assist with trade negotiations, assist with citizen’s services or visa work, help Americans in distress abroad, or organize conferences or visits of high-level officials. Others may research economic or environmental issues, write news stories, work on web pages or help produce electronic journals.

Many more great internship opportunities are available to PUBP majors on the ivan internship database.
Interns with scientific and technical backgrounds might work with issues such as arms control, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), infectious diseases, and remote sensing.

Those interested in administrative management may use their expertise working on projects involving budgets, human resources, information systems, or general logistical support to posts abroad. Some may be involved in educational and cultural exchange activities. Interns are also instrumental in the recruiting of U.S. speakers and specialists for overseas programs. Internships are excellent preparation for future careers in international affairs, both for the Civil Service and the Foreign Service. 

You may download copies of the 2008 Student Intern Brochure and Application Instructions at:

You must be:

    *  a U.S. citizen. U.S. citizenship and good academic standing are required, along with the successful completion of a background investigation, and the ability to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance. Random employee drug testing will be performed.

    *  a Student. A student is an individual who has been accepted for enrollment, or who is enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university.

    *  a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, senior, or graduate student. An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more semester hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship.

Domestic – About half of the internships are in Washington, D.C. A limited number of intern positions are available at Department offices in other large cities in the United States.

Overseas – The remaining internships are at our embassies and consulates abroad. Not all overseas posts are able to participate in the program, and participation may vary from year to year. For more information, please refer to participating bureaus.

While there are many opportunities for overseas internships, it is difficult to anticipate the needs of our embassies and consulates. There are several factors that influence whether or not a particular embassy or consulate will host an intern. Therefore, we are unable to provide a precise listing of overseas opportunities. Please apply to the bureaus (maximum of two) that interest you. Once qualified, your application will be forwarded to those bureaus for consideration.

You may apply for an internship in two (2) bureaus or offices. If you wish to be considered for an overseas internship, at least one of your bureau choices must be one of the following: AF, EAP, EUR, IO, NEA, SA, or WHA. You will also have the opportunity to indicate the specific country in which you would like to intern.

For additional information regarding overseas internships please visit:

The majority of all internships are UNPAID.

Pending the availability of funding, a limited number of PAID internships are available to students who can demonstrate financial need. These positions are centrally funded by the Bureau of Human Resources. Students selected for these paid positions serve in bureaus throughout the Department of State.

To apply for a paid internship, students must include in their internship application package their current Student Aid Report (SAR), which indicates their EFC (Expected Family Contribution) number. (This report is generated from the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.) Student Aid Reports submitted without the EFC number will not be considered.

Students must be available to begin their internship in May – July 2009.  Interns usually serve for one semester or quarter during the academic year, or for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer; they are expected to work a 40-hour week.

DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 3, 2008.  Please contact me if you have any questions about this process.  If you would like me to review your application or talk about your internship strategy, please make an appointment at:


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