Fields: international relations, government, economics, environment, human rights
Location: DC, Overseas
About the Organization: Established in 2014, the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) is a merit and need-based opportunity that offers two paid summer internships that expose undergraduate students to U.S. diplomacy and the Department of State at large. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial as it provides writing training, diplomatic history, and hands-on experience to the daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.
About the Position: USFSIP consists of participation for two consecutive summers. In the first summer (2019), participants come to Washington, D.C. for 3 weeks of training including: U.S. diplomatic history, Department writing, and professional development. Following the training, interns work for 7 weeks on policy desks in regional and functional bureaus at State. The second summer (2020) is a 10 week assignment to a U.S. embassy overseas. In the intervening year, USFSIP interns must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to gain a better understanding of the Foreign Service assessment process.
Specific duties and responsibilities will vary according to the domestic office or overseas post of assignment. Previous Department of State interns have summarized embassy reporting on current developments, written reports on human rights issues, drafted briefing papers for foreign policy meetings, helped review and vet proposed assistance projects and recipients, researched economic and environmental issues, monitored and evaluated media reporting, supported educational and cultural exchange activities and worked on web pages and electronic journals.
The U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program is not a job program. It consists of two temporary appointments for experiential learning. USFSIP is NOT a Pathways program for paid students and recent graduate trainees.
- Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree programon at least a half-time basis with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above. Students must be rising juniors or seniors when they begin the program, i.e., in their sophomore or junior year when applying.
- Must remain in good academic standing (3.20 GPA or higher) for the duration of program.
- Must have firm plans to continue their education after the first USFSIP summer
- Must be available during program dates June 3, 2019- August 9, 2019 (Summer I)
- Must be able to obtain and maintain SECRET security clearance
Estimated Salary: $13.47 per hour
Deadline: September 11, 2018
U.S. Department of State