U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (Unpaid) - 2020 Spring

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Full Time
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


To qualify you must: 

  1. Be a United States citizen.
  2. Be at least 16 years old.
  3. Be in good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  4. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree.
  5. Be a college junior, senior, or graduate student with at least 60 credit hours—You are considered a college junior if you will be starting your junior year immediately following the completion of your internship. 
  6. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a part-time basis.
  7. Be a continuing student—This means that you will be returning to or have the intention at the time of application of returning to your course of study the semester/quarter, immediately following the completion of your internship.  Proof may be requested.
  8. Be able to receive and maintain a security clearance or public trust certificate.

Please see the below "Requirements" section for a list of qualifications.

Applicants should be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree, on at least a part-time basis, with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher. College juniors, seniors, or graduate students with at least 60 credit hours are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Note: Applicants are considered a college junior if  they will be starting the junior year of college immediately following the completion of the internship. Applicants must also be a continuing student with the expectation and intention of returning to their course of study the semester/quarter, immediately following the completion of the internship.  Proof may be requested.


The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) advises that routine SECRET level clearances normally require 120 to 150 days to complete.  Investigations may take substantially longer if you have a history of extensive overseas travel, education, residence and/or employment; or if you have dual citizenship, foreign contacts, immediate family, relatives, and/or a spouse or partner who is a citizen of a foreign country.  In addition, if DS identifies a security, suitability, or medical issue, your investigation may require additional time to process and review.   These issues could include, but are not limited to, a current or past history of drug or alcohol abuse, indications of a mental or emotional health condition, or indications of financial problems.  You should consult the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Access to Classified Information (http://www.state.gov/m/ds/clearances/60321.htm ) to review how these considerations could affect your application.  Such issues may not necessarily preclude DS from granting you a security clearance, but they will likely lengthen the time required to complete the clearance process. 

We cannot guarantee that every potential intern will be able to obtain a security clearance before the start of an internship, if at all.  Because the timeframe between conditional selection for an internship and entry on duty is relatively short (six to eight months), DS may not be able to adjudicate a non-routine case in time for the student to participate in the scheduled internship.  In addition, where the applicant has strong foreign ties to a particular country, approval for an internship in that country may be problematic.  We therefore encourage students to seek internship assignments in countries where they do not have substantial foreign ties. 

Transportation: Transportation to and from Washington or overseas posts is the responsibility of the intern.

Housing:  Housing is not provided for domestic internships.  Arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the interns.

It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether that discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - The U.S. Department of State provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

This position is not an appointment. Participants are uncompensated student volunteers in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3111 and are not considered federal employees for any purpose other than those listed in 5 U.S.C. 3111(c).  Any description of “excepted service” within this vacancy announcement is intended solely for categorization on the USAJOBs website and should not be construed as providing any rights or benefits in accordance with that appointment type.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Students will be evaluated by the bureaus they have applied to based upon a completed application denoting the applicant's education, experience, training, and background.

Bureau offices and posts may make their final decision based upon a phone interview or by simply reviewing application materials.  If during the evaluation period, you are contacted by more than one office in the U.S. or overseas, based upon bureau entries listed in your application, please make note of your final decision so that if you have to communicate this to us, you can.

Selected interns will be officially notified by the unpaid Student Internship Program team by e-mail per the timeline provided in the Internship Brochure.

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Drug test required Yes

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