Spring 2021 Student Intern, US Department of State (Washington, DC)


The Department of State tries to provide student interns with opportunities both educationally and professionally substantive in nature. The purpose of the program is to provide students with insight into the work of U.S. foreign policy and the administration of the U.S. Department of State and its diplomatic facilities around the world. Specific duties and responsibilities vary according to the domestic office or overseas post of assignment. Former Department of State Student Interns have written reports on human rights issues, participated in trade negotiations, assisted with U.S. citizens services or visa work, helped Americans in distress abroad, supported and helped to coordinate international conferences and visits of high-level officials, researched economic or environmental issues, monitored and evaluated media reporting, supported educational and cultural exchange activities and identified U.S. experts to speak overseas, and worked on web pages and electronic journals.

Other examples include interns with scientific and technical backgrounds working on issues such as arms control, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), infectious diseases, and remote sensing. Also, students interested in management and administration may use their expertise working on projects involving budgets, human resources, information systems, or general logistical support to posts abroad.

Student interns may be required to do some routine administrative work.


To qualify you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen.
  2. Be at least 16 years old.
  3. Be in good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  4. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree.
  5. Be a college junior, senior, or graduate student with at least 60 credit hours—You are considered a college junior if you will be starting your junior year immediately following the completion of your internship.
  6. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a part-time basis.
  7. Be a continuing student—This means that you will be returning to or have the intention at the time of application of returning to your course of study the semester/quarter, immediately following the completion of your internship.  Proof may be requested.
  8. Be able to receive and maintain a security clearance or public trust certificate.


For more information and to apply, click here. Apply by June 12, 2020.

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