Online Application Process
Those interested in applying for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program must
begin by visiting the Student Programs section under the Intern tab of careers.state.gov, clicking
the “U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program” and continuing through the “Gateway to
State.” The “Gateway to State” button will only be available when an application is open and active.
Applicants can also go directly to USAJOBS*, and search for the U.S. Department of State Student
There are five ( 5) sections to the online application, including a Statement of Interest:
2. Series Grade Questions
3. All Grade Questions
5. Application Review
Navigating the USAJOBS Application
An applicant is in the actual online application when they see “The U.S. Department of State” and
“Diplomacy in Action” at the top of the screen.
Applicants must complete all sections, attach all required documents, and submit their application in
order to be considered for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program.
To qualify, applicants must be certain to:
• Select up to two ( 2) bureaus or posts abroad
• Specify a country or countries
• Include a well-written Statement of Interest
• Provide all required documents
Bureau Selection: Applicants must select up to two ( 2) bureaus or posts abroad to which they would like
to be considered. An applicant will only be considered by the bureaus or posts specified in the application.
Country Selection: Select the geographic bureau with responsibility for the country in which you are
interested in working. For example, if you are interested in interning at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar,
Senegal, first select the Bureau of African Affairs (AF). Later in the application, you will be prompted to
choose the country in which the Embassy or Consulate is located. Applicants are considered only for the
country/countries they select. Some countries host multiple diplomatic facilities, including embassies,
consul generals, and missions to international organizations. In such cases, an application may be
reviewed by multiple posts within a given country; however, this is not a guarantee. Each geographic
bureau and overseas post determines how best to review applications and make their selections.
If a country is not listed in the application, it is not accepting students for that season.
Statement of Interest: Applications include space for a short Statement of Interest (maximum
2,500 characters, spaces included). Selecting officials rely heavily on the Statement of Interest.
• Ensure that their statements are well written and free of spelling and grammatical errors