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U.S. Foreign Service Internship

Clarification from the agency

This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above. Students must be rising sophomores or juniors when applying (i.e. rising juniors or seniors at the start of the program) and demonstrate financial need via a Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or Statement of Financial Need. They must be continuing students throughout the program with an anticipated graduation date of spring 2025 or later.



U.S. Foreign Service Internship program ,USFSIP consists of participation for two consecutive summers and interns must commit to completing a 2-year program. In the first summer (2024), participants come to Washington, D.C. for three weeks of orientation and training including: U.S. diplomatic history, Department writing, and professional development. Following the training, interns work for seven weeks on policy desks in regional or functional bureaus at the U.S. Department of State. The second summer (2025) is a ten-week assignment to a U.S. embassy or consulate 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.



Conditions of Employment

To qualify you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  2. Demonstrate financial need via Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or Statement of Financial Need.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.
  4. Be a rising sophomore or junior when applying (i.e. be a rising junior or senior at the start of program).
  5. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in an accredited academic institution at least half time.
  6. Must continue undergraduate education thru Spring 2025.
  7. Must be available during program dates of June 16, 2024-August 23, 2024 (similar dates for 2025).
  8. Must be able to obtain and maintain SECRET security clearance.
  9. Remain in good academic standing (3.2 GPA or higher) for the duration of program.


Please see the below “Requirements” section for a list of required qualifications.


To be eligible to participate, students must be entering their sophomore or junior year in an undergraduate degree program when applying. If you will be a freshman, senior, or graduate student – you are not eligible for this program.

Additional information

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 students and recent graduates and does not provide for conversion to a term, career or career-conditional position.

Security Clearances

All applicants tentatively selected for this U.S. Foreign Service Internship position will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation for the necessary security clearance.  Interns going overseas for the second summer of this internship program may be required to receive a higher level of clearance than previously required for the first summer in Washington.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) advises that routine SECRET level clearances normally require ~150 days to complete but 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.  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 selectee will be able to obtain a security clearance before the May 17th deadline.  If a selectee is not able to secure a secret clearance by deadline the selectee cannot participate in program. 

Other Internship Opportunities

If you wish to be considered for other internship opportunities within the Department of State, you are required to complete a separate job application per program.  You will not be considered for another program without completing an application for that particular program.

Equal Opportunity

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

This agency 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  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Benefits

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A selection panel will review the applications of qualified students who submit a complete and timely application package via USAJOBS. Outstanding academic performance, financial need, relevant experience, and strong interest in foreign affairs and public service are important considerations in the selection process. Selection criteria are tied to the following dimensions sought in Foreign Service candidates: Cultural Adaptability, Information Integration and Analysis, Initiative and Leadership, Judgment, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Planning and Organizing, Working with Others. 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the closest Diplomat in Residence (DIR) or Washington Based Recruiters to discuss their interest in this program or State Department careers generally.  To find your local DIR click here or find an event near you here.
You may preview questions for this vacancy.


Required Documents

Part III – Required Documents

The third part of the application process is the submission of required documents. These documents MUST be included in your online application for it to be complete. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Transcripts: Your current or most recent transcript uploaded as a PDF must be included in your online application per the instructions below. Usually one transcript is sufficient, but if an additional transcript is needed to document your stated GPA, you must supply it here. Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. However, if you are selected for an internship, you will be required to provide official transcripts in spring 2024 and demonstrate that you are a current and continuing student.

Resume: You must build a resume in USAJOBS to be considered. No other resumes will be reviewed. A carefully crafted resume should include clubs and organizations, research and work experience, special skills or knowledge, volunteer experience and internships.

Part IV- Optional Documents

The fourth part of the application is the optional submission of the Student Aid Report (SAR) generated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SAR:  If you have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you may submit a PDF copy of your latest Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to confirm the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) listed on the application.  

You will also have the opportunity to highlight your personal circumstances in the Statement of Financial Need, which is a required submission.

You can attach the required documents by uploading them to USAJOBS.

Please note the following:

  • Applications received without the required documents are automatically disqualified for consideration.
  • Documents mailed or faxed directly to the U.S. Department of State, or any Department of State office either before or after the vacancy announcement has closed, will not be accepted.

    Applications received without required documents will be deemed ineligible. You are encouraged to submit your application early, and to go back into your application to confirm that your documents have been attached.

    Technical questions about attaching required documents to your application, either via upload or fax using the system-generated coversheet and phone number, should be addressed to the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically through the “Gateway to State” system.  To begin the application process, please click on the “Apply” button to the right.  You have until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process. This includes submitting your online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section.  Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications well before the application deadline for guaranteed consideration. If you should run into any technical issues, please contact the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or to ensure your application’s submission.   Please read all instructions carefully.   There are four parts to the online application process:

  • Applicant Profile — for applicants new to USAJOBS
  • USFSIP Application —including Statement of Interest, Statement of Financial Need and one essay question.
  • Required Documents — transcript(s) and resume built in USAJOBS Resume Builder.  No other resumes will be reviewed.
  • Optional Documents —  Student Aid Report (SAR)

*Special Note on Documents* 

If you have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you submit a PDF copy of your latest Student Aid Report (SAR) to confirm the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) listed on the application.  

The SAR is an optional submission. You will also have the opportunity to highlight your circumstances in the Statement of Financial Need.

Part I – Applicant Profile

Applicants new to USAJOBS must create an applicant profile by providing biographic and prior Federal government employment information. You must answer all “required” fields to proceed through the application process. (If you are not new to USAJOBS, you can proceed directly to the intern application.) All applicants must also “build” a USAJOBS resume. You must complete these two steps to be able to move forward to the application in the Gateway to State.

Special Note on Resume:  You must build a resume in USAJOBS to be considered.  No other resumes will be reviewed.

Part II– Internship Application  

The second part of the online application process is specific to the internship program.  In this section, you will be required to: 

  • Answer a questionnaire regarding your personal, professional, academic, and extracurricular history.
  • Identify up to two bureaus in which you would prefer to be placed during your Washington internship assignment. Please keep in mind, placement is based on the need of the bureau so there is no guarantee of preferred placement.
  • Answer one short-essay question (Maximum 2800 characters, spaces included.)
  • Draft a Statement of Interest that describes your objectives and motivation in seeking this internship. Use the statement to explain how your academic courses and other experiences relate to the State Department and bureaus chosen and demonstrate what you would bring to the program. (Maximum 2800 characters, spaces included.)
  • Draft a Statement of Financial Need to include any financial hardship or impactful adversity in your individual circumstances that tells your story. (Maximum 1700 characters, spaces included).

Note:  Your statement of interest is important.  It should demonstrate your ability to write concisely and clearly.  

Please see above for Part III and IV. 

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Agency contact information

 USFSIP Coordinator







U.S. Department of State
2401 E Street, NW
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20522
United States

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Next steps

Application Status 
Applicants may view the status of their application on the Gateway to State site. CLICK HEREand enter your login information. Click “Applications,” under the “Application Status” heading select “More Information.” On the following screen, you will be able to verify your application status. 

Application Timeline for 2024-2025 cycle

Application Deadline (including all supporting documents): September 6, 2023

Selectees notified of selection by Student Programs Office via status update on USAJOBS: Late September

Non-selects notified by e-mail by Student Programs Office via status update on USAJOBS: Late September to early October

Selectees complete and submit security clearance paperwork: Mid- October – Early November

Selectees submit official transcripts: Spring Semester 2024

Interns Enter on Duty: June 17, 2023. Travel to Washington, DC is expected on Sunday, June 16.

Internship Ends: August 23, 2024. Housing check-out and departure travel is expected on Saturday, August 24, 2024.



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