Deadline: October 21, 2016 | Apply here
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Duration: minimum of 60 credit hours or greater
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in U.S. Department of State careers
Location: Washington, The United States or Abroad
U.S. Department of state student internship program
How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service.
Think of it as test-driving a career before you decide what you’re going to do with your life. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States.
This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.
- U.S. citizenship
- Have good academic standing
- Successfully complete a background investigation
- Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance (34kb, pdf).
- You may be subject to random drug testing.
- Student status. This means you have been accepted for enrollment, or are enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university.
- A full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school). An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internships begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately upon completion of the internship.
- You are eligible to apply for the Department’s unpaid internship 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.
- Regardless of your major, there’s an opportunity for you.
- For overseas assignments, applicants must present evidence of medical insurance coverage.
- All students must be available to begin their internship within the appropriate application timetable.
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a foreign affairs environment.
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