The United States Department of State (DoS), often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

Current Opportunities for U.S. Department of State

Internship Temporary Program (ITEP)

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: The U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program includes both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) and the Internship Experience Program (IEP). Both programs are targeted toward U.S. citizens enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school and professional academic levels. Both programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed. The temporary nature of the ITEP allows for interns to work during seasonal and holiday breaks in academic programs as well as year-round. Interns in this program are appointed to temporary appointments, not to exceed one year or their projected graduation date (whichever is shorter) and extensions may be made in one year increments. The positions to which the interns are appointed have no promotion potential, therefore, students must apply through USAJobs to be considered for higher-graded positions. ITEP participants are not eligible for benefits until completion of one year of continuous employment. Once this requirement is met, ITEP participants are eligible for health benefits; however they must pay the full premium. ITEP participants are eligible for noncompetitive conversions to the competitive service within 120 days of completion of the Pathways Program. For specific inquiries on the Pathways Internship Programs (ITEP and IEP), please contact HRSC@state.gov View the forum for more information, or to post follow up questions. How to Apply We recommend that you register under Keep Me Informed to receive automatic notifications when these opportunities open. You can visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the specific vacancy announcement number when open.

Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: The U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program includes both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) and the Internship Experience Program (IEP). Both programs are targeted toward U.S. citizens enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school and professional academic levels. Both programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed. Interns in this program are appointed to permanent, excepted service appointments and do not have a not to exceed date. The appointment is expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions if they meet the developed qualification standards for the position. IEP interns are also eligible for federal employee benefits (e.g. life, health, and retirement). Like ITEP participants, IEP participants are eligible for noncompetitive conversions to the competitive service within 120 days of program completion. For specific inquiries on the Pathways Internship Programs (ITEP and IEP), please contact HRSC@state.gov View the forum for more information, or to post follow up questions. How to Apply We recommend that you register under Keep Me Informed to receive automatic notifications when these opportunities open. You can visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the specific vacancy announcement number when open.

U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program

Opportunity Type: Internship
Application Deadline: October 03, 2018
Description: During the summer of 2014, The Department of State launched a new internship program, the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP), which offers a limited number of two-summer ten-week internships to interested candidates to familiarize them with diplomacy and the Foreign Service. The first USFSIP summer entails a few weeks of classroom instruction in U.S. diplomatic history, professional writing, foreign policy operations and career skills. That is followed by an internship on a policy desk at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The second summer involves an internship at a U.S. Embassy overseas. Selected students are paid an entry level salary and qualify for transit benefits in Washington. This program also pays for travel and assists with housing. The USFSIP is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college and are currently enrolled in a degree program. To apply, students must submit the USFSIP application on USA Jobs, which will include a transcript, an expository essay on an assigned topic and a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). Applicants must also arrange for two letters of recommendation. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Diplomat-In-Residence for their area to discuss their interest; see http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir. The deadline for applying to the USFIP for 2015-16 is October 3, 2014. In line with the State Department’s commitment to foster a diverse and representative workforce, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The USFSIP operates in the summer except for a few small requirements during the intervening year. This program is in a pilot phase; so it is subject to change.

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Opportunity Type: Internship
Application Deadline: March 02, 2018
Description: How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. Think of it as test-driving a career before you decide what you're going to do with your life. You'll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation. At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. 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. Please subscribe to receive email updates regarding this program. For internship program details such as duties of an intern, participating offices and bureaus, types of internships, and housing information, please view and download the Student Internship Program Brochure.

English Language Fellow Program

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: November 30, 2017
Description: The English Language Fellow Program sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world. As a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative, Fellows are cultural ambassadors that promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. Fellow projects are 10-month, full-time positions for professionals with a graduate degree in English language teaching and two years’ classroom TESOL teaching experience. In return, the program provides professionals with a platform to build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 22, 2018
Description: The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Franklin Fellows Program

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: We are not currently accepting applications for this position. Please subscribe to receive email updates regarding this vacancy.
Description: President Obama has stated that "government does not have all the answers, and…public officials need to draw on what citizens know." Therefore, he directed the Administration "to find new ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of ordinary Americans – scientists and civic leaders, educators and entrepreneurs – because the way to solve the problems of our time…is by involving the American people in shaping the policies that affect their lives." The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle via which the government taps citizens’ knowledge and which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals. Mid-career and more senior Franklin Fellows, both sponsored and self-nominated, work on global issues of vital importance to the United States, such as the environment; counterterrorism; human rights; consular matters; international development assistance; HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases; trade, energy and financial policy; and many others. Franklin Fellows may interact via the interagency process with other government and international entities, such as the NSC, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch agencies and the United Nations. They will return to their home organizations and communities with a much-enhanced knowledge of foreign and development policy issues and government operations and culture. Particularly if your organization has an international focus or does projects abroad, the Franklin Fellows Program is an ideal way to position your organization to excel.

Approved, non-federal entities may participate in the Franklin Fellows Program as follows: First, such entities, once approved by the Department of State or USAID, may continue the salaries and benefits of their nominees who are selected. Remuneration for Fellows who are being funded directly by their nominating organizations shall remain the sole jurisdiction of the Fellow and the home organization. These Fellows will serve in the Department or USAID as unpaid consultants/experts. Second, approved, non-federal entities may donate funds as a gift to the Department of State for support of otherwise-unfunded State or USAID Fellows. Third, approved, non-federal entities may nominate Fellows whom they fund partially or not at all. The Department of State and USAID would rely on donations, if available, to support unfunded or partially-funded fellows. At present, no such donated funds are available. The Department of State or USAID will cover most costs associated with the security investigation and clearance. Once a Fellow has begun service, his/her host office may choose to send the Fellow on official domestic or international travel. If such official travel is directed, the host office will pay transportation, lodging and per diem necessary for the official travel.

Materials Required: Franklin Fellows Program application submitted through USAJobs.gov Resume attached to application Statement confirming you meet eligibility requirements (see above), including confirmation that you have the funds to support yourself. List of at least three (3) bureaus in which you are interested in and may possess qualifications to serve in, along with a brief explanation of how your expertise fits these bureaus. See the list of bureaus at the Department of State and the list of bureaus at USAID. Please include the above materials when submitting your application through USAJobs.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Description: Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Description: Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
www.state.gov/