Awards Internship - American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)


Government NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), established in 1924, is the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service. AFSA's principal missions are to enhance the effectiveness of the Foreign Service, to protect the professional interests of its members, to ensure the maintenance of high professional standards for both career diplomats and political appointees, and to promote understanding of the critical role of the Foreign Service in promoting America's national security and economic prosperity.


AFSA is pleased to offer an awards internship to college students interested in international affairs, marketing, event planning, communications, writing, and the U.S. Foreign Service.

Position Description

The awards intern will assist in AFSA's Foreign Service professional issues department. With the awards coordinator, the intern will assist with the solicitation of nominations for AFSA's various awards; participate in the selection process; help plan the annual awards ceremony; play a role in the selection process for and unveiling of the AFSA memorial plaque at our annual May ceremony; and work on the national high school essay contest. The intern will meet and work with the staff of the Secretary of State and have other opportunities of high-level interactions. They will help out with coverage of AFSA events and occasionally write articles for AFSA News - with byline.

During their time at AFSA, interns will have unique opportunities to talk with Foreign Service employees, learn about the Foreign Service and gain insights into the workings of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies. Arrangements will be made for at least one visit to a State Department press briefing, and we strive to identify opportunities for high-level interaction for our interns.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility: The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, but most interns are college juniors or seniors. Current graduate students and applicants who have graduated from college within the past year are also eligible to apply, though preference will generally be given to undergraduates.

International students are welcome to apply if they have native-level fluency in English.

Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Applicants should ideally have an interest in international affairs. Strong research skills are preferable for this internship.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700. Please note that all interns are responsible for arranging their own housing and covering their own expenses.

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