U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP)

“The U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP), offers a limited number of two-summer ten-week internships to interested candidates to familiarize them with diplomacy and the Foreign Service. The first USFSIP summer entails a few weeks of classroom instruction in U.S. diplomatic history, professional writing, foreign policy operations and career skills. That is followed by an internship on a policy desk at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The second summer involves an internship at a U.S. Embassy overseas. Selected students are paid an entry level salary and qualify for transit benefits in Washington. This program also pays for travel and assists with housing.

Visit http://careers.state.gov/usfsip for more information. Important details:


How to Apply –

To be considered for this internship, you must:

  • Be in your sophomore or junior year when applying to the internship;
  • Have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA;
  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Plan to return to school the year following the first internship.

There are four parts to the application:

  • Fully complete the USFSIP application when open at USA Jobs; https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/450115200/
  • USFSIP Application — including Statement of Interest and 3 Short Personal Narratives
  • Required Documents — transcript(s) and Student Aid Report (SAR)References —
  • Email to USFSIP@state.gov names, positions and email addresses of two individuals who will provide a recommendation for the applicant


Deadline to apply for this 2017-18 program is September 30, 2016. For more information, contact the Diplomat in Residence, Mr. Isiah Parnell at parnellil@state.gov. ”

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