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Internship Program Details


You are eligible to apply if you are:

Duties of an Intern

The Department is looking for students with a broad range of majors, such as Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences, as well as those majors more traditionally identified with international affairs.

Intern duties and responsibilities may vary according to post or office of assignment.  For instance, interns may write reports on human rights issues, assist with trade negotiations, assist with citizens services or visa work, help Americans in distress abroad, or organize conferences or visits of high-level officials.  Others may research economic or environmental issues, write news stories, work on web pages or help produce electronic journals.  Those interested in administrative management may use their expertise working on projects involving budgets, human resources, information systems, or general logistical support to posts abroad. Some may be involved in educational and cultural exchange activities.

Interns are also instrumental in the recruiting of U.S. speakers and specialists for overseas programs.

Internships are excellent preparation for future careers in international affairs, both for the Civil Service and the Foreign Service.

Types of Internships

Length of Internships

Students must be available to begin their internship within the date on our Application Processing Timetable (Intern Enter on Duty).  Interns usually serve for one semester or quarter during the academic year, or for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer; they are expected to work a 40-hour week.

Salary and Benefits


Housing is not provided in the Washington, D.C. area and arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the interns.  A listing of suggested housing alternatives in Washington, D.C. is mailed with the selection package.  Abroad, every effort is made to provide housing at no cost to interns, but circumstances may vary at different posts, so this cannot be guaranteed.  The bureau descriptions include guidance on bureau housing policies.

The Department of State is committed to equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment for all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabling condition, political affiliation, marital status, or prior statutory, constitutionally protected activity.

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