U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program



Location (s):

  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a greatly coveted inside look into Foreign Service, the positions and the responsibilities that are possible.


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'll be able to apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or in the private sector. Most of all, you feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

Intern in Washington, D.C/ or Abroad

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 be, too. 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. and at Department offices spread around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a foreign affairs environment. More information will be available over the next few months.


Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility requirements
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret Clearnace
  • 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.


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

Cost/funding for participants:

Unpaid Internships:

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