Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Internship of the Week: U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP)

Interested in a special PAID, 2-summer Internship with the Department of State? 
Want to be nominated by our Diplomat in Residence?

The Organization:
As the lead foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. America’s foreign policy is designed to amplify the nation’s voice and extend its reach in areas critical to the daily lives of its citizens. We work to ensure our country’s diplomatic leadership enhances our economic, food and energy security and stability, and reflects American values.

The U.S. Department of State – and our employees – promotes freedom and democracy throughout the world, helping countries lift themselves out of poverty to become prosperous, stable and democratic states. We are continuously striving to find ways to work together as a country to maximize the impact of America’s resources.

The Position:
With your diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge, and exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, you can contribute to the ongoing mission of the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Internship Program.

The opportunity is to participate in a paid, two-summer internship that will expose you to real-world diplomacy. During your first summer, you will work in Washington, D.C. where you will experience classroom education about America’s foreign policy and work on a policy desk. The following summer, you will take your newfound knowledge and apply it in a U.S. Embassy overseas.

Qualifications you must have:

  • Have completed at least one year of college and will have completed 60 or more credit hours by the time the internship begins (June 2014) 
  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Fully complete the regular U.S. Department of State unpaid internship application for Summer 2014 at USA Jobs, including the standard Statement of Interest and your unofficial transcript 
  • Write an expository essay of 500 – 550 words on a defined topic (see link below) 
  • Provide a PDF copy of your 2013-14 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Email the names and affiliations of two recommenders who will then send a recommendation to Student Programs for review 


The program is designed to promote ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity in the U.S. Foreign Service. 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013