• Include any academic or personal areas of interest, foreign languages, or other skill sets that
make them particularly useful to a given bureau, office, or overseas post
• Consider including information about any specific disadvantages they may have overcome, or
personal experience that makes them unique
Required Documents: Applicants must provide proof of student status in the form of an official or
unofficial transcript. The transcripts must be attached to the submitted application. If using official
transcripts, applicants must attach them to their application per the instructions provided in the
application. The application offers candidates two methods to attach their transcript to their application:
by fax or by upload. If the transcript is not successfully attached to the application, the application will be
Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload their transcript to their application. Technical difficulties
tend to arise through the faxing process that lead to applications being received as incomplete after
the closing of the announcement.
Eligibility: Some eligibility questions are exclusionary. The application does not automatically stop
candidates who do not meet program eligibility requirements from continuing with the application.
Applicants will only be notified after the closing of the announcement if their application is
disqualified based upon responses to these questions. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to
carefully read the program eligibility requirements before applying.
Domestic: Applicants for domestic U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program opportunities
apply to work in the offices that make up the Department’s functional and geographic bureaus. Some
bureaus have individual offices to which interested participants can apply. In such cases, if an applicant
selects a specific office, he/she will only be considered by that office. Other bureaus allow students to
apply to the entire bureau, and an application can be reviewed by multiple offices.
New USAJOBS users must create a USAJOBS account, and build a resume using the USAJOBS
Resume Builder. Applicants must create (not upload) a USAJOBS resume in order to move
forward to the actual application. Once a profile has been created and a resume built, they can
click the “Apply Online” button on the right-hand side of the vacancy announcement.
Applicants will be taken to another screen, which will require them to identify and highlight
their USAJOBS resume, to verify that they have reviewed the resume, and to certify that the
information submitted is true and made in good faith. Applicants must then click on “Apply for
this position now!”
Once applicants have started an application, they can access and edit that application at any
time up to the closing of the vacancy announcement.
The Selection Process
There are several steps in the selection process; students should understand the following:
• Completed Applications: The Student Programs Office receives the full application package of
those eligible and then forwards to the bureaus/posts the applicants have selected.
• Bureau/Post Selections: Individual bureaus/posts make their selections and then submit the
request to the Student Programs Office. Bureaus/posts often: