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About United States Department of State

The Secretary of State is the president’s chief foreign policy advisor. The State Department supports the U.S. foreign affairs activities of other government entities, including the Department of Commerce and the Agency for International Development. It conducts its duties through a smaller work force than some local governments’ and is comprised of Civil Service and Foreign Service employees.

Interns choose to work in Washington, D.C., or in an embassy overseas. Duties vary according to office assignment and range from scientific/ technical tasks to administrative projects or logistical support. Interns are assigned research on political, economic, environmental or other issues. They write reports and correspondence, assist with citizens’ services or visa work, or work in information systems, procurement or budget and fiscal operations.


Open to U.S. citizens who are college juniors or seniors, or grad students. Candidates who possess foreign language ability are encouraged to apply. Additional opportunities are available for high school students over the age of 16. Visit the website for specific program requirements.

United States Department of State

Intern Coordinator
United States Department of State
Recruitment Division, Department of State
2401 E Street NW, Room 518H
Washington, DC 20522-0108


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Washington, DC