SUMMER 2022 U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State is seeking applicants for their student internship program this upcoming summer. Interns will be given the chance to see diplomacy in action and the range of careers available through the Foreign Service and Civil Service. Interns ill work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, DC, and Department offices throughout the United States. This opportunity is unpaid.

The deadline to apply is October 18, 2021.


Exact responsibilities vary based on where the intern is working, but some examples include:

  • Participating in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government or foreign government officials
  • Drafting, editing, or contributing to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives
  • Supporting events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences or
  • Engaging 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


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
      • If your school does not issue Grade Point Averages (GPAs), please work with your registrar’s office to understand the markings associated with each course on your transcript to use the GPA Calculation Table.
  • 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 have 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.
  • There is a possibility that applicants may have to undergo random drug testing.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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