Peace Corps Internship Program Summer Semester


This position is established as a Student Trainee at Peace Corps headquarters, Washington DC. This position description may be utilized by an office within Peace Corps to participate in the Agency internship program. The trainee will perform a variety of professional and technical duties designed to increasingly develop and apply knowledge of generally accepted principles, concepts and practices of the occupation relevant to the area of study of the trainee’s enrolled educational program.

Read the full announcement and apply by February 24, 2023 at:


Based on the area of enrolled field of study, the trainee may be placed under one of the following programs/occupational fields:

  • General Administrative and Office Services: Receives training and experience in administrative management operations to gain knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in carrying out the functions of an administrative management program. The trainee will perform clerical and administrative tasks to support mail and filing systems, the automation supports necessary for general office management/support, and maintain the flow of records, reports and information. The trainee may perform analytical work under guidance to identify resource requirements and develop reports.
  • Human Resources: Receives training in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Human Resources Management. The training is designated to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, concepts, and scope of the Human Resources (HR) program and a practical understanding of the policies of the organization. Work assignments are designed to provide experience in a variety of human resources activities.
  • Accounting and Budget: Receives training and experience in a variety of professional financial and accounting duties designed to enable and increasingly develop and apply knowledge of generally accepted principles, concepts and practices. Duties support fiscal and accounting program management, systems and reports.
  • Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance: Receives an orientation to the Agency system for safeguarding information, property, personnel, operations, and materials; and/or system for analyzing and evaluating the character, background, and history of trainees, candidates for employment, and other persons having access to classified information, materials, or work sites. The trainee performs a few specific tasks and assignments that provide familiarization with the principles, practices, and methods of the security system programs and provides a basis for the performance of more responsible duties.
  • Medical and Public Health: Receives orientation to Agency Global Health and HIV program. The intern would gain knowledge of public health programs and develop skill in conducting administrative and analytical work in support of Agency’s domestic and foreign health and HIV/AIDS activities. The trainee performs a specific tasks and assignments that provide familiarization with the principles, practices, and methods of public health programs and develops an understanding of these duties.
  • Business and Industry: Receives training and experience on management of routine technical and administrative tasks to carry contracting, procurement, purchasing, property management and financial analysis functions. Gains knowledge in preparing and developing reports and documents necessary to meet these requirements. Develops understanding of work involved in procurement of supplies and services, methods used in contracting and knowledge of business and industry practices.
  • Information and Technology: Receives experience and training in understanding the IT program and services of an organization. Works with Help Desk support and develops knowledge in responding to user questions and issues. Provides administrative support for IT projects and gains technical knowledge in installing new and upgrading computers for, assisting with moves, and resolving hardware and software problems.
  • Information and Arts: Receives experience and training to develop knowledge and skill in conducting technical and administrative functions related to communications, marketing and outreach. Duties may include writing press releases, drafting stories for newsletter, assembling press kits, researching media coverage, compiling information and reports, clipping/tracking media coverage, and providing administrative assistance for communications events, campaigns, and activities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • The individual must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or halftime basis. Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
  • If you are a student from a university that does not allow participation in paid internship programs, you will be required to provide a letter from your school verifying that you are not allowed to be paid while in the program. Additionally, you will be required to sign a letter of exemption that you will not be paid while participating in the program.
  • Applicants must be a Undergraduate (Juniors and Seniors) or Graduate Students:
  • 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 a current student.
  • An individual enrolled in school and receiving credit toward their degree for participating in the Student Internship Program is also considered a student,
  • 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.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • If the school does not issue Grade Point Averages (GPAs), please work with your registrar office to understand the markings associated with each course on your transcript to use the GPA Calculation Table. Note: a GPA must be entered for your application to be complete and for you to be considered.
  • Applicants must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This position requires a public trust background investigation.

Please note: Peace Corps employees are employed using the Foreign Personnel (FP) pay scale. The FP pay plan does not follow the same structure as the GS pay plan. In the FP pay plan, as the grade-level numbers decrease the level/pay for the position increases (e.g., the FP-09 is the lowest entry-level pay and the FP-01 is the highest senior-level pay).


Qualifying experience for the FP-9 level includes Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study.
Associate degree or Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree.

Qualifying experience for the FP-7 level includes Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate-level education.
Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Qualifying experience for the FP-5 level includes Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree.

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