U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (Unpaid) – 2018 Summer


Open & closing dates:
09/01/2017 to 10/05/2017

$0 to $0 bi-weekly

Pay scale & grade:

Work schedule:
Full-Time – This announcement is for full time, unpaid, internships for Summer 2018.

Appointment type:
Temporary – Interns serve for a period of 10 consecutive weeks during the Summer 2018.

Location: Department of State Posts – Overseas and Domestic, United States




The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at more than 270 embassies, consulates, and missions. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

About half of U.S. Department of State Student Internship participants serve in Washington, D.C., with a limited number of opportunities available at Department field offices and facilities in other cities in the United States. Approximately half of these opportunities are offered in many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is also the only program within the agency that offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.

Applicants are allowed to select two bureaus or overseas posts in which they would like to work. U.S. Department of State Student Internships generally last 10 weeks. Participants must be able to work a full time schedule (minimum of 32 hours per week).

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is NOT part of the Pathways Program. Unpaid internships in the U.S. Department of State Student Internship program cannot be non-competitively converted to Pathways Internship appointments, nor can they be non-competitively converted to career positions in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign or Civil Services.


The Department of State tries to provide Student Interns with opportunities both educationally and professionally substantive in nature. The purpose of the program is to provide students with insight into the work of U.S. foreign policy and the administration of the U.S. Department of State and its diplomatic facilities around the world. Specific duties and responsibilities vary according to the domestic office or overseas post of assignment. Former Department of State Student Interns have written reports on human rights issues, participated in trade negotiations, assisted with U.S. citizens services or visa work, helped Americans in distress abroad, supported and helped to coordinate international conferences and visits of high-level officials, researched economic or environmental issues, monitored and evaluated media reporting, supported educational and cultural exchange activities and identified U.S. experts to speak overseas, and worked on web pages and electronic journals.

Other examples include interns with scientific and technical backgrounds working on issues such as arms control, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), infectious diseases, and remote sensing.

Also, students interested in management and administration may use their expertise working on projects involving budgets, human resources, information systems, or general logistical support to posts abroad.

Student Experience Interns should also expect to do some routine administrative work.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student
  • A continuing student and taking at least half-time academic course load
  • Must be willing to work a full time schedule (minimum of 32 hours per week)
  • Must be at least a college Junior
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Requires either a Public Trust, Secret or Top Secret security clearance

To qualify you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be at least 16 years old
  3. Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  4. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree.
  5. Be a college junior, senior, or graduate student.—You are considered a college junior if you will be starting your junior year immediately following the completion of your internship.
  6. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis.
  7. Be a continuing student—This means that you will be returning to or have the intention at the time of application of returning to your course of study the semester/quarter, immediately following the completion of your internship.
  8. Be able to receive and maintain a security clearance.


Please see the below “Requirements” section for a list of qualifications.


Additional information


The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) advises that routine SECRET level clearances normally require 120 to 150 days to complete. Investigations may take substantially longer if you have a history of extensive overseas travel, education, residence and/or employment; or if you have dual citizenship, foreign contacts, immediate family, relatives, and/or a spouse or partner who is a citizen of a foreign country. In addition, if DS identifies a security, suitability, or medical issue, your investigation may require additional time to process and review. These issues could include, but are not limited to, a current or past history of drug or alcohol abuse, indications of a mental or emotional health condition, or indications of financial problems. You should consult the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Access to Classified Information (http://www.state.gov/m/ds/clearances/60321.htm ) to review how these considerations could affect your application. Such issues may not necessarily preclude DS from granting you a security clearance, but they will likely lengthen the time required to complete the clearance process.

We cannot guarantee that every potential intern will be able to obtain a security clearance before the start of an internship, if at all. Because the timeframe between conditional selection for an internship and entry on duty is relatively short (six to eight months), DS may not be able to adjudicate a non-routine case in time for the student to participate in the scheduled internship. In addition, where the applicant has strong foreign ties to a particular country, approval for an internship in that country may be problematic. We therefore encourage students to seek internship assignments in countries where they do not have substantial foreign ties.

Transportation: Transportation to and from Washington or overseas posts is the responsibility of the intern.

Housing: Housing is not provided for domestic internships. Arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the interns.

As noted above, participants in the Student Internship Program are considered “student volunteers” and are not considered to be Federal employees for any purposes other than injury compensation or laws related to the Tort Claims Act.

It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether that discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION – The U.S. Department of State provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Required Documents

The third part of the application process is the submission of required documents. These documents MUST be included in your online application for it to be considered complete. Incomplete applications (applications submitted before the deadline, but without required documents attached) will not be considered.

Transcripts: Your current or most recent transcript must be included in your online application per the instructions below. Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. However, if you are selected for an internship, you will be required to provide official transcripts before starting your internship. Once your official transcript is officially received, should it indicate that you are not an eligible student, your internship offer will be rescinded.

Once you have completed the online questionnaire and Statement of Interest, you will be prompted to attach your required documents to your application. This can be accomplished by one of two methods:

  1. By uploading them (preferred method); or
  2. By using the application generated fax coversheet (it will include a barcode and system generated phone number).

If attaching your required documents by fax, it is extremely important that only the system-generated cover sheets, and the phone number included on them, be used. The cover sheets are coded to insure that your documents are automatically attached to your online application. Please ensure that each document is faxed separately with the appropriate cover sheet.

If a document is faxed successfully, you will receive a system-generated e-mail confirming receipt.

Please note the following:

  • Applications received without the required documents included are automatically disqualified for consideration, and will not be reconsidered.
  • Documents mailed or fax directly to the U.S. Department of State, or any Department of State office either before or after the vacancy announcement has closed, will not be accepted.
  • Due to the volume of applications, fax lines can become jammed and documents may not successfully attach to your application on the final days/hours of the application announcement. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO VERIFY THAT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE. Applicants can do so by going back into their application and verifying that documents have been attached.

Applications received without required documents will be deemed ineligible. You are encouraged to submit your application early, and to go back into your application to confirm that your documents have been attached.

Technical questions about attaching required documents to your application, either via upload or fax using the system-generated coversheet and phone number, should be addressed to the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or mgshelp@monster.com.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Participants in the Student Internship Program are considered “student volunteers”. As such, they are not considered to be Federal employees for any purposes other than injury compensation or laws related to the Tort Claims Act. Service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other employee benefits.


For more information and how to apply, click here! https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478314100

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