Established in 2014, the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) is a merit
and need-based opportunity that offers two paid summer internships to expose undergraduate students to U.S. diplomacy and the work of the U.S. Department of State. USFSIP consists of participation in two consecutive paid summer internships between June and August.
The first summer participants come to Washington, D.C. for three weeks of orientation and professional development training. Following the training, interns work for seven weeks on policy desks in regional and functional bureaus at the U.S. Department of State.
The second summer students are placed in ten-week assignments at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. In the intervening year, USFSIP interns take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to gain a better understanding of the Foreign Service assessment process.
The deadline to apply for this opportunity is August 25, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Undergraduate sophomore or junior; will participate in the internships as a rising junior and senior
- Enrolled at least part-time at an accredited university during the normal school year, and maintain status as a student for the duration of the internships
- 3.2 GPA or higher
- Able to obtain Secret security clearance
Selection: Merit and demonstrated financial need are key factors in the selection process. Selection criteria are tied to skills sought in Foreign Service candidates: Cultural Adaptability; Information Integration and Analysis; Initiative and Leadership; Judgment; Oral Communication; Written Communication; Planning and Organizing and Working with Others.
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.
If you have any questions, contact USFSIP@state.gov.