The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
Unpaid Internship Program
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S.
citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to witness and 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 in a federal agency setting, and insight into the
substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.
It is considered an intensive educational and experiential learning experience, which provides professional
experience and personal growth and development within a foreign affairs environment.
About half of U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program 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 more
than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world.
As part of the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program, participants will:
• Gain practical, professional experience in a foreign affairs environment
• Serve in any one of three program seasons: Spring, Summer, or Fall. Each season lasts
approximately 10 weeks. At a minimum, eight ( 8) weeks must be completed and it must be
completed within the time frame of the application season.
- Spring: January – April
- Summer: May – August
- Fall: September – December
• Be expected to work full time, 40 hours per week.
• Potentially obtain educational credit - Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of
State Student Internship Program can contact the selecting bureau, or your academic advisor,
if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.