Preparing for Your U.S. Department of State Internship
Transportation: For placements domestic and abroad, travel expenses and all travel arrangements
are the responsibility of the participant.
Visas: Some countries have visa requirements. If chosen for an opportunity abroad, the selecting
bureau or post will provide the student with further details about country entry requirements.
Legal Status: U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants are considered student
volunteers. Per 5 CFR § 308.102 (b): A student participating under an agency volunteer program is not
considered to be a Federal employee 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.
Medical Insurance for Participants Abroad: Students placed overseas are responsible for having medical
insurance coverage that is valid abroad and includes medical evacuation and repatriation of remains.
Networking with Other U.S. Department of State
Student Internship Program Participants
The Department also offers the opportunity to explore the Washington Metropolitan Area. During
each session, an Intern Activities Coordinator is assigned to the Student Programs staff to plan
activities that will enhance your experience. These activities include brown bag lunches with senior
Department officials, educational tours, and social activities. The tours allow students to get
better insight into the daily functioning of other government organizations. Examples of past
tours include: the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Pentagon, and the Capitol, as well as
tours of various embassies. Guest speakers include some of the top managers in the Department,
who share their career experiences and give students a better understanding of the
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants who are assigned abroad, and in field offices,
can expect to get involved with embassy functions or events appropriate to the area in which they are assigned.
The U.S. Department of State does not have an official dress code; however, as the leading U.S. foreign
affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State is on the front lines of customer service to the public at
home and abroad. This mission requires that our employees project competence and professionalism.
Therefore, the appearance of employees should also be professional in a way that conveys respect for
colleagues, customers, and the work environment and should not pose a safety or health hazard or
distraction from work. Flip flops should be worn only when walking to and from the office.
The U.S. Department of State welcomes the cultural diversity of its workforce, and seeks to maintain
freedom for personal expression without sacrificing the professional image essential to the performance
of its mission.