FALL 2022 U.S. Department of State Paid Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State just announced a new paid student internship program beginning with the Fall 2022 internship season. The program is intended to expand opportunities for students of all backgrounds in post-secondary degree programs to gain experience and insight into the variety of careers available in U.S. foreign policy programs and administration of the U.S. Department of State and its diplomatic missions worldwide. The Fall 2022 Unpaid Student Internship Program will be discontinued. If you applied for the Fall 2022 unpaid internship, you should reapply to the Paid Student Internship Program. 

The deadline to apply is April 12, however, the application portal will close at 1,000 applicants even if this is before the deadline.


  • Geographic Bureaus: Oversee policies for a given region of the world. Geographic bureaus include African Affairs (AF), East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR), Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), and Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA).
  • Functional Bureaus: Focus on specific issues and are responsible for policy areas that affect all regions and countries. These bureaus include the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), International Organization Affairs (IO), Political-Military Affairs (PM), and Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). Other functional bureaus have responsibility for different critical operations and aspects of the administration of the Department of State, including Administration (A), Consular Affairs (CA), Diplomatic Security (DS), Legislative Affairs (H), Global Talent Management (GTM), and Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO).


  • 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 an Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) or Graduate Student
      • A student is an individual who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university
      • An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more semester hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship
      • An individual is still considered a student if he/she has been out of school, between semesters or school years, for not more than five (5) months and has plans to return to school within five (5) months or less
      • An individual enrolled in school and receiving credit toward their degree for participating in the Student Internship Program is also considered a student
      • Students must be returning to school immediately following the internship in order to qualify for the program. In addition, students must attach an official or unofficial transcript to their application confirming they are current students.
      • You are eligible to apply for this program if you have not yet completed your registration at a college or university for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school) or are awaiting an admissions determination for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school). However, if selected for an internship, you must provide proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment for studies in the semester or quarter immediately following the internship before you can begin your internship.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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