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The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program 2019

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Application Deadline: September 28, 2018.

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.

While the duties of U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants vary from bureau to bureau, office to office, and embassy to embassy, it is not uncommon for these students to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government or foreign government officials
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives
  • Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences or
  • Engage directly with U.S. audiences in helping to explain the work of the Department of State or foreign audiences in helping to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society
Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program, you must:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance (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.

Compensation and Benefits:

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.

Unpaid Internships:

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

Application Procedure:

  • The deadline for submitted applications is September 28, 2018.
  • Interns will be expected to enter on duty in the May/early July 2019 timeframe.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program 2019

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