While the duties of U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants vary from bureau
to bureau, office to office, and embassy to embassy, it is not uncommon for these students to:
• Participate in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government or foreign government officials
• Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials
used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives
• Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences, or
• Engage directly with U.S. audiences in helping to explain the work of the Department of State
or foreign audiences in helping to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of
U.S. culture and society
• U.S. citizenship
• Undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and Graduate Students
- A student is an individual who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited
college or university
- An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60
or more semester hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internship begins and will be
entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship
- An individual is still considered a student if he/she has been out of school, between
semesters or school years, for not more than five (5) months and have plans to return to
school within five (5) months or less
- An individual enrolled in school and receiving credit toward their degree for participating in
the Student Internship Program is also considered a student
- Students must be returning to school immediately following the internship in order to qualify
for the program. In addition, students must attach an official or unofficial transcript to their
application confirming they are a current student.
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is not part of the Pathways Program. The
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program does not provide non-competitive conversion to
Pathways Internships or to career positions in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign or Civil Services.
( 1) Not all posts abroad participate in the program every season. A given geographic bureau, covering several
overseas posts, may or may not choose to accept Student Interns during a specific period of the year.
And, individual posts may also decline to accept students for various reasons, including conditions on the
ground. Finally, a bureau may be listed as potentially available, but the post may decline to select a student.
( 2) The U.S. Department of State does not enter into contracts or formal agreements with individual
colleges or universities in order for their students to participate in the U.S. Department of State Student
Internship Program. All eligible students with U.S. citizenship are welcome to apply and participate.