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U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship Program – Fall 2024: A Gateway to Diplomacy for USA Residents

U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship Program – Fall 2024: A Gateway to Diplomacy for USA Residents


The U.S. Department of State invites aspiring students to participate in its Paid Student Internship Program for the Fall of 2024. This unique opportunity allows U.S. citizen students to engage actively in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, gaining valuable insights into the intricate workings of diplomacy.

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This internship is open to the public, specifically U.S. citizens, nationals, or those owing allegiance to the U.S. It is designed for current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions ranging from high school to graduate level. Eligible applicants should have a strong interest in the U.S. Department of State and must be committed to returning to their academic program upon completion of the internship.


Interns will have the chance to contribute substantively to the educational and professional realms. The program aims to provide insights into U.S. foreign policy and the administration of the U.S. Department of State, both internationally and domestically. Duties may include participating in meetings with senior-level U.S. or foreign government officials, drafting reports, contributing to communications materials, and supporting international events and conferences. Additionally, engagement with U.S. and foreign audiences is expected to enhance understanding of U.S. culture, society, and foreign policy.


To qualify for this internship, applicants must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Maintain a good academic standing with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  4. Be pursuing an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree and intend to return to academic studies after the internship.
  5. Have at least 60 credit hours (for undergraduates) or be a graduate/post-doc student.
  6. Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution on at least a part-time basis at the time of application.


Successful interns will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate. For the Fall 2024 cycle, the salary is set at $19.33 per hour (GS 04 pay scale).


Applicants should be pursuing an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Students with at least 60 credit hours earned by the start of the internship are encouraged to apply. Proof of continuing enrollment for the semester following the internship is required.

Security Clearances

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security emphasizes that obtaining a SECRET level clearance may take 120 to 150 days. Factors such as overseas travel, education, and foreign contacts may extend this timeline. While DS cannot guarantee every intern will obtain clearance before the internship, they encourage applications from all eligible candidates.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically through the “Gateway to State” system. The process includes creating an applicant profile, completing an internship application, and attaching required documents such as transcripts and a USAJOBS resume. It is essential to carefully follow all instructions and complete the application well before the deadline.

Evaluation Process

Interns will be evaluated based on their education, experience, training, and background by the bureaus to which they have applied. Official notifications will be sent via the Student Internship Program (unpaid) Office.


The U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship Program offers an exceptional opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of diplomacy. Aspiring diplomats and those passionate about U.S. foreign policy are encouraged to apply and contribute to the shaping of global relations.

For further information and to apply, please visit official website.

Contact Information:
Student Programs Office
Address: U.S. Department of State, 2401 E Street, NW, Room H-518, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20522, United States.