Student Internship Program, US Department of State (Washington, DC or Abroad)


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


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

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be able to receive either a Public Trust, Secret or Top Secret clearance
  • Be a Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) or Graduate Student
  • Be required to undergo random drug testing


For more information and to apply, click here.

Application Deadline for Summer 2020: October 4, 2019


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