U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE BUREAUS/OFFICES
The U.S. Department of State’s Student Internship Program offers the opportunity to serve in a
bureau or office in the United States or in a U.S. Embassy or consulate overseas.
When the internship application opens for each internship season, students apply to the vacancy
announcement which appears on USAJOBS. A section of the application requires students to
identify up to two bureaus, offices, or overseas locations for consideration. With this in mind, it will
be important for students to become familiar with the functions and responsibilities of each of the
bureaus and offices in order to achieve the most fulfilling educational experience.
It is recommended that students visit Alphabetical List of Bureaus and Offices to learn about the
domestic organizational components of the U.S. Department of State. Students should view the list
under Bureaus and Offices, which are those that may offer internships during the Spring, Summer
Students can gain a better understanding in identifying bureaus and offices to which their majors
may relate through the Which Office is Right for You? tool on careers.state.gov. Click on Intern>U.S.
Department of State Student Internship Program>Quick Links.
Not every bureau or office listed will select an intern for a given season. Nor will you always be able to
select the specific office in which you would prefer to work. Bureaus and Offices that intend to select
interns during a given internship season will be included in the vacancy announcement under the
vacancy announcement question where students can identify their top two choices for consideration.
Please note that even in this instance a Bureau or Office may still choose not to select interns for
the given internship season due to many factors, including security conditions, changes in work
requirements and limited office space.
Domestic Internship Opportunities: Most domestic internships require the student to apply to
the overall bureau. In such cases, an eligible student’s application will be available for most or all of
the offices within the bureau to consider. Therefore, many of the descriptions only provide applicants
with a greater understanding of the bureau’s mission and organization, and do not indicate a specific
choice that will appear on the application.
If a specific office does appear in the application, you can apply directly to that office. In such cases,
the office counts as one of your two internship choices for consideration.
Overseas Internship Opportunities: In order to apply to a U.S. embassy, consulate, or mission
overseas, you must select the responsible geographical bureau or the Bureau of International
Organization Affairs (IO) as one of your internship choices for consideration. Geographical bureaus
include AF, EAP, EUR, NEA, SCA and WHA. In the application, after selecting the geographical bureau,
you will be able to select the specific country in which you would like to be considered for an internship.
Some countries host multiple diplomatic facilities. In such cases, a candidate may be considered by
more than one post in the same country.