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PARTICIPATING BUREAUS/OFFICES

The following is a brief overview of each participating bureau or office that offers internships at various times during the year.  You may apply for an internship in two (2) bureaus or offices. Use bureau/office acronyms in Item 8 of the Application Form.  Indicate the geographical area in which you are willing to work if outside the Washington, D.C. area.  See bureau descriptions for choices.  Example:  Write AF (Kenya) for an internship in Kenya with the Bureau of African Affairs or write OFM (New York) for an internship in New York with the Office of Foreign Missions.

 

Bureau of Administration  ( A )

Office of the Procurement Executive  (A/OPE )

Office of Operations  ( A/OPR )

 Office of Records and Publishing Services  ( A/RPS )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Art Bank Program  ( A/AB )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

 

Art-in-Embassies Program   ( A/FBO/OPS/ART )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Interior Planning, Design and Furnishing Division   ( A/FBO/OPS/IDF )

Paid and unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Program Execution Office    ( A/FBO/PE )

Paid and unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of Logistics Management    ( A/LM )

Paid internships are available during the summer.  Interns will work on projects in one or more of the areas related to the logistics career field.

Bureau of Arms Control    ( AC ) - Strengthens national security by expediting effective arms control and disarmament policies, and will:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of African Affairs   ( AF )

Unpaid internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.  Interns posted abroad are provided housing and transportation to and from post.  Internships abroad are available ONLY during the summer.

Office of the Chief of Protocol   ( CPR )

Paid and Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor   ( DRL )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.  Interns work closely with Office Directors on special projects and the Bureau's normal operations.

Bureau of Diplomatic Security   ( DS )

Within the Bureau, there are several Divisions that provide administrative services such as automated systems support, financial and personnel management, and other general services.  Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. and occasionally at selected field offices in the U.S. such as Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles throughout the year.

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs   ( ECA )

(Formerly part of U.S. Information Agency)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports the long-term national interest by fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.  Bureau academic and professional exchange programs identify future leaders and build a foundation of trust with current and potential leaders throughout the world.  Bureau programs and activities include the Fulbright Exchange Program, the International Visitor Program, Citizen and Professional Exchange Programs, English Language Programs, Cultural Programs, Educational Advising, Humphrey Fellowships and College and University Affiliations Programs.

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.  For more information see the Bureau's web site:  http://exchanges.state.gov

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs   ( EAP )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. and abroad at certain U.S. embassies and consulates during the summer only.  Interns gain experience with the foreign affairs interagency process.  Housing is provided to most interns abroad.  For students applying for internships abroad, please specify in your Statement of Interest the embassy or consulate for which you wish to be considered.

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs   ( EB )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of the Coordinator for Business Affairs   ( EB/CBA )

Advises the Under Secretary for Economic, Agricultural, and Business Affairs on foreign policies affecting U.S. international economic competitiveness and ensures that the interests of the U.S. business community are properly considered in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy;

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

International Communications and Information Policy   (EB/CIP )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of European Affairs   ( EUR )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. and abroad at certain U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the year.  When available, housing is provided to interns assigned abroad.  For students applying for an internship abroad, please specify in item 8 of the application, in descending order of preference, the embassy or consulate at which you are willing to pursue your internship.  Example:  EUR/Paris/Budapest/Chisinau.  Duties of both domestic and overseas interns are similar in nature to that of a junior Foreign Service Officer.

Note:  The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships, sponsored by the College of William of Mary, will provide a $5000 award for two U.S. college students to work in the U.S. Embassies in Paris and London.  The fellowships are available during summer sessions only.  (A fellowship is also provided for a student to work in a component of the Office of the Secretary-see S entries, below).  Applications of persons chosen by the Department of State for internships in London or Paris and who have submitted a signed Authorization To Furnish Information statement (see DS-1950, U.S Department of State Application for Federal Employment), will be forwarded to The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program for consideration.  Eligible candidates will be contacted with instructions on applying for a Harriman Fellowship.  E-mail inquiries on the Fellowship Program should be addressed to:  harriman@wm.edu.  All written inquires should be addressed to:

The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program
PO BOX 8795
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA  23187

Family Liaison Office   ( FLO )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. during the summer.  Interns will work on special projects in one or more of the above areas.

Bureau of Financial Management and Policy   ( FMP )

Paid and unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Foreign Service Institute   ( M/FSI )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs   ( G )

Selections will be made from applicants with demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, one or more

Global issues.  Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Legislative Affairs   ( H )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Human Resources   ( HR )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of International Information Programs   ( IIP )

(The former Information Bureau of the U.S. Information Agency)

IIP is the principal international strategic communications service for the foreign affairs community.  Using public diplomacy tools, IIP reaches out to key foreign audiences to improve their understanding of U.S. foreign policy and society.

The Office of International Information Programs is a reinvention lab, built on team-based management and cutting-edge technology.  The IIP staff:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs   ( INL )

Paid internships are available in Washington, D.C. during the summer ONLY.  Intern projects include: monitoring the narcotics and crime control programs in South America, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Asia, or Africa; reporting on narcotics and crime activities; and researching and analyzing narcotics trafficking and crime profiles.  Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.

Bureau of Intelligence and Research   ( INR )

INR's Office of Research conducts opinion polls and focus groups abroad on political, economic and cultural issues related to foreign policy.  Unpaid internships (which do not require a Top Secret clearance) are available throughout the year.

All other offices in INR can only accept applications from individuals who hold both a Top Secret clearance for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information.  Previous applicants who had these Clearances held them through their participation in U.S. military reserve units.

Bureau of International Organization Affairs   ( IO )

Unpaid internships are available all year in and are occasionally available overseas.

Bureau of Information Resource Management   ( IRM )

The mission of IRM is to ensure that all the Department of State's information resource management requirements are met in the areas of:

IRM is responsible for providing services in these areas to the entire Department of State, including its diplomatic missions abroad, and to other foreign affairs agencies abroad.

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of the Legal Adviser   ( L )

Paid internships are offered to applicants who are at least second-year law students.  Unpaid work-study internships are available for the fall and spring semester for second-year law students and in the fall for third-year law students.

If you are a second-year law student applying for a summer internship, or if you are applying for the Work-Study Program with the Office of the Legal Adviser, you must submit a resume and a copy of your law school transcript.  (Application materials in this brochure are not applicable for these particular internships.)

Applicants for the Office of the Legal Adviser must submit their application package directly to:

Personnel Officer
Office of the Legal Adviser - Room 5519
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC  20520-6310

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs   ( NEA )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year and abroad at certain Embassies and Consulates during the summer ONLY.  Posts abroad provide housing at no cost to interns.

Bureau for Nonproliferation   ( NP)-- leads U.S. efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by supporting the Secretary of State in leading the interagency policy process in this area and will:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs   ( OES )

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is the Department of State's focal point for foreign policy development in the areas of:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of Foreign Missions   ( OFM )

Unpaid internships are available in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles throughout the year.

Office of the Inspector General   ( OIG )

Paid and unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.  In addition, the Office of Counsel in the Office of the Inspector General has internships for second year law students.

Bureau of Public Affairs   ( PA )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs   ( PM )-- supports the Secretary and the Under Secretary in playing a larger role in security and defense policy and will:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration   ( PRM )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. during the summer ONLY.

Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism   ( S/CT )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office for Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights   ( S/EEOCR )

Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and law students with an interest in equal employment opportunity and civil rights issues.  Internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States   ( S/NIS/C )

The Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States has oversight of all U.S. government assistance budgets focusing on the NISThe United States has a vital stake in the success of reforming the NIS and for the past six years this office hascoordinated bilateral assistance programs under the Freedom Support Act to 12 countries in the NIS, totaling over $1.2 billion.  The office insures synergism among over 15 government agencies and programs and helps to avoid overlaps and duplication of effort by USG and the international community in the NIS.  The programs monitored by this office play an important role in promoting democratic and economic reforms in these countries.  Also, through the Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar) Act, this office has promoted the U.S. denuclearization and non-proliferation policies.

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Office of the Secretary, Policy Planning Staff   ( S/P )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Note:  The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships, sponsored by the College of William of Mary, will provide a $5000 award for one U.S. college student to work in a component of the Office of the Secretary.  The fellowships are available during summer sessions only.  (Fellowships are also provided for a student to work in the U.S. embassies in Paris and London - see EUR, above).  Applications of persons chosen by the Department of State for internships in a component of the Office of the Secretary and who have submitted a signed Authorization To Furnish Information statement (see DS-1950, U.S Department of State Application for Federal Employment), will be forwarded to The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program for consideration.  Eligible candidates will be contacted with instructions on applying for a Harriman Fellowship.  E-mail inquiries on the Fellowship Program should be addressed to:  harriman@wm.edu.  All written inquiries should be addressed to:

The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program
PO BOX 8795
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA  23187

For more information on the Fellowship Program, please visit http://www.wm.edu/harriman/

Bureau of South Asian Affairs   ( SA )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year and abroad at certain embassies and consulates during the summer ONLY.  Overseas posts provide housing at no cost to the interns.

Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs   ( T )

The Under Secretary's office provides policy direction in the following areas:

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

United States Mission to the United Nations   ( USUN )

The United States Mission to the United Nations was established in 1947 by the United Nations Participation Act, to assist the President and the Department of State in conducting U.S. policy at the United Nations.

Bureau of Verification and Compliance   ( VC )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. throughout the year.

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs   ( WHA )

Unpaid internships are available in Washington, D.C. and abroad at certain U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the year.  When available, housing is provided to interns assigned abroad.  Internships are offered in political, economic, consular, and administrative sections of embassies abroad. For students applying for an internship abroad, please specify in your Statement of Interest the embassy or consulate at which you wish to pursue your internship.   Duties of interns, both domestic and abroad, are similar in nature to that of a Junior Foreign Service Officer.


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