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U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Intern in Washington, D.C. or Abroad

How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service.

Think of it as test-driving a career before you decide what you're going to do with your life. You'll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment. Please subscribe to receive email updates regarding this program.

For internship program details such as duties of an intern, participating offices and bureaus, types of internships, and housing information, please download the Student Internship Program Brochure (pdf).

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U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

This unpaid program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices spread around the United States. This unpaid program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.

Download the Student Internship Program Brochure (pdf).
Open: Deadline to apply is October 17, 2014.

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Eligibility Requirements +

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance (34kb, pdf).
  • You may be subject to random drug testing.

Furthermore, you must be:

  • A student. This means you have been accepted for enrollment, or are enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university
  • A full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school). An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internships begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately upon completion of the internship.

IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's unpaid internship program if you have not yet completed your registration at a college or university for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school) or are awaiting an admissions determination for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school). However, if selected for an internship, you must provide proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment for studies in the semester or quarter immediately following the internship before you can begin your internship.

We seek a broad range of academic majors; in fact, regardless of your major there’s an opportunity for you.

For overseas assignments, applicants must present evidence of medical insurance coverage. All students must be available to begin their internship within the appropriate application timetable. Click here to download the  Student Internship Program Brochure  (pdf).

Compensation and Benefits +

Unpaid Internships:

  • May be able to earn college credit.
  • Unpaid assigned to the U.S. qualify for SmartBenefits Metro Transit Subsidy

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a foreign affairs environment. More information will be available over the next few months. Please subscribe to receive email updates regarding this program.

How to Apply +

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid). Apply now at USAJobs.gov.

All applications are submitted online through the "Gateway to State" system, which also screens applications to make sure that they are complete, and that applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

You can also visit the Career Resources Download Center for a list of Position Descriptions.

For more information on how bureaus select interns, and more detailed information on the application process, please download the  Student Internship Program Brochure  (pdf).

Technical Difficulties: Please contact the helpdesk (mgshelp@monster.com) or phone (866-656-6830) if you are having technical difficulties. 

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