Experience the thrill and rewards of working in a student program at the U.S. Department of State. Whether you're a high school student looking for summer employment, or a college or graduate student seeking a substantive internship supporting U.S. foreign policy, there's no limit as to how far our opportunities can take you. At the U.S. Department of State, you'll have the opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world.

Our two programs, (1) U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid), and (2) Pathways Program (paid), enable students to obtain job experience in a foreign affairs environment.

The career opportunities are endless—and they all start right here.  Begin by finding out which program is right for you, or speaking with a Diplomat in Residence about student programs with the U.S. Department of State.

Student Programs: U.S. Department of State Internship Program and Pathways Programs

The U.S. Department of State offers two programs for high school, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students who are interested in working in a foreign affairs environment.

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid): Spring, Summer or Fall +
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U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

This program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies 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).
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Pathways Program: includes three paid Civil Service programs located in the United States. +

The Pathways Programs include three paid Civil Service programs located in the United States. Specific positions will be posted here when the application window opens. Please register under Keep Me Informed to receive automatic notifications about these opportunities.

For specific inquiries on the Pathways Internship Programs (ITEP and IEP), please contact HRSC@state.gov

For specific inquiries on all other Pathways Programs, please contact PathwaysPrograms@state.gov.


Internship Programs

The Pathways Internship programs include both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) and the Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Both are targeted toward students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school and professional school levels. Both provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed.

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Recent Graduates Program

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Recent Graduates Program. Visit USAJobs to start the online application process.

This new program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion. Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion. Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The Program focuses on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. Under the regulations proposed by OPM, the eligibility window for applicants is expanded, making the program more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars.

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