U.S. Department of State Internships for Summer 2019-Deadline: September 11, 2018

U.S. Department of State Internships for Summer 2019 – Applications Now Open – First Deadline is September 11, 2018! 


Before the UCLA Fall Quarter begins, the U.S. Department of State accepts summer internship applications for the following year. Early deadlines and a very brief application window often catch quarter-system students by surprise.


This UCLA Career Center announcement highlights TWO Summer 2019 State Department Internship Programs which will only accept applications in September, 2018.  UCLA undergraduates who are eager to pursue a Summer 2019 Department of State internship in Washington, D.C. or at Embassies and Consulates abroad should apply now for both the paid and unpaid assignments.


U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) – PAID Internships for Summer 2019 and Summer 2020 (Two Summers Required)

  • Deadline: Applications Are Only Accepted September 4, 2018 through September 11, 2018
  • To learn more and apply, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509592700
  • This unique two-summer program begins with a 2019 Summer Internship and Training in Washington, D.C.
  • Selected interns will complete the program with a second (required) 2020 Summer Internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate Abroad.
  • Both the 2019 and 2020 internships are paid, full-time positions for 10 weeks.
  • This program offers an excellent career pathway for future Department of State Foreign Service Officers.
  • Although this is a competitive program, a large number of paid USFSIP internships are available.
  • Summary:  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. USFSIP consists of participation for two consecutive summers. In the first summer (2019), participants come to Washington, D.C. for three weeks of training including: U.S. diplomatic history, Department writing, and professional development. Following the training, interns work for seven weeks on policy desks in regional and functional bureaus at State.  The second summer (2020) is a ten 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.


U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program – Unpaid Internships for Summer 2019

  • Full-Time Internship Program (Unpaid) in Washington, D.C. or at U.S. Embassies and Consulates Abroad
  • Summer 2019 Recruitment opened on September 6, 2018
  • Deadline to apply is September 28, 2018
  • To view the detailed program brochure and check the application timeline, visit:  https://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships/
  • Summary: The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.


Application Tips

The Partnership for Public Service manages a very useful website, GoGovernment.org, which provides Tips on Writing Your Federal Resume and Completing Your Federal Application.  Students applying for Department of State internships should read application requirements carefully and provide all materials requested.  Thank you for sharing this message, and best wishes to all Bruins who pursue these opportunities.

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