Which Program is Right for You?

The U.S. Department of State offers two internship paths for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in our internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career.

  1. The Pathways Internship Program is available for U.S. citizens enrolled in a variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school, and professional academic levels. The internship is a paid, domestic opportunity working in Washington, D.C. Learn more and apply.
  2. 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. Learn more and apply.
  Pathways Internship Program U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
U.S. Citizenship Required Required
Location Domestic Domestic, International
Education High School, College, Graduate School College, Graduate School
Compensation Paid Unpaid


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.