MPA Job listUS State Internship

Sandi Parkes sandi.parkes at
Tue Nov 4 13:11:15 MST 2003

The U. S. Department of State is the official international relations arm of the President of the United States. The Department is responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens abroad and managing the human and material resources that provide the platform for U.S. foreign policy. Members of the Department's Foreign Service and Civil Service are engaged in issues such as conflict resolution, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights and democracy, environmental issues, world trade, public diplomacy, and the promotion of the interests of Americans and their businesses abroad. Department of State employees are also involved in support and management issues-improving logistical systems to get the best possible value for tax dollars. 
Eligibility You are eligible to apply if you are: 
*       A full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, senior, or graduate student. An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more semester hours or 90-quarter hours) by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship. IMPORTANT: If you are applying for an internship after receiving an undergraduate or graduate degree, you must indicate in your Statement of Interest and on the Employment Data Form that you will be a continuing student immediately upon completion of your internship. If this is not indicated, it will be assumed that you are not a continuing student and your application will not be considered. If registered for a graduate program, you may have to show proof of acceptance. 
*       A U.S. citizen, and; 
*       In good academic standing in an accredited institution. 
Duties of an Intern The Department is looking for students with a broad range of majors, such as Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical and Engineering Sciences, as well as those majors more traditionally identified with international affairs. Intern duties and responsibilities may vary according to post or office of assignment. For instance, interns may write reports on human rights issues, assist with trade negotiations, assist with citizen's services or visa work, help Americans in distress abroad, or organize conferences or visits of high-level officials. Others may research economic or environmental issues, write news stories, work on web pages or help produce electronic journals. 
Interns with scientific and technical backgrounds might work with issues such as arms control, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), infectious diseases, and remote sensing. 
Those interested in administrative management may use their expertise working on projects involving budgets, human resources, information systems, or general logistical support to posts abroad. Some may be involved in educational and cultural exchange activities. Interns are also instrumental in the recruiting of U.S. speakers and specialists for overseas programs. Internships are excellent preparation for future careers in international affairs, both for the Civil Service and the Foreign Service. 
Types of Internships 
*       Domestic - About half of the internships are in Washington, D.C. From time to time, intern positions may be available at Department offices in other large cities in the United States. 
*       Overseas - The remaining internships are at our embassies and consulates abroad. Not all overseas posts are able to participate in the program, and participation may vary from year to year. 
IMPORTANT: Applicants who wish to intern abroad must present evidence of medical insurance coverage that is valid abroad, to include medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. This proof must be presented to the Intern Coordinator or bureau coordinator before travelling to post. 
Length of Internships Interns usually serve for one semester or quarter during the academic year, or for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer; they are expected to work a 40-hour week. 
Salary and Benefits The majority of all internships are UNPAID. Pending the availability of funding, a limited number of PAID internships are available to students who can demonstrate financial need. To apply for a paid internship, students must include in their internship application package one copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) which indicates your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) number. (This report is generated from the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form). Student Aid Reports submitted without the EFC number will not be considered. Paid interns receive a temporary appointment at the GS-4 through GS-7 grade level, based on education, work experience, and availability of funds. If the appointment is for 90 days or more, the intern earns annual and sick leave at the rate of four hours per bi-weekly pay period plus paid Federal holidays during the period worked. Paid interns contribute to Social Security. Unless otherwise stipulated in the bureau descriptions transportation to and from Washington or overseas posts is the responsibility of the intern. Although unpaid interns are not Federal Government employees, and are not entitled to any employee benefits, they are protected in the event of job-related injuries under the Federal Torts Claims Act. Many educational institutions grant academic credit for internships and/or offer financial aid for internships. 
Housing Housing is not provided in the Washington, D.C. area and arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the interns. A listing of suggested housing alternatives in Washington, D.C. is mailed with the selection package. Abroad, every effort is made to provide housing at no cost to interns, but, because circumstances may vary at different posts, this cannot be guaranteed. The bureau descriptions include available guidance on bureau housing policies. 
Application Process Your application consists of items A-C below. 
*       3 complete sets of the application package are required. Please use paper clips to assemble each package. Incomplete packages will not be forwarded to bureaus for consideration. 
*       Photocopied applications and forms are acceptable. Additional applications may be downloaded from the Department's web site. Follow the instructions on how to download through Adobe Acrobat Reader. 
*       Typed forms are strongly recommended. If you are unable to type the forms, please use black ink to complete them. 
*       Item D is required only if you are applying for a paid internship based on financial need. If applying for a paid internship based on need, you will need to submit a copy of your Student Aid Report indicating your Estimated Family Contribution Number (EFC). The EFC number is found in the top right hand corner of your Student Aid Report. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS, AND TO VIEW COMPLETE APPLICATION PROCEDURES, VISIT: <>. Applications can also be picked at the School of Public Affairs Student Services Office in Wilson Hall, Room 211. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by: 
November 1 - Summer internships 
March 1 - Fall internships 
July 1st - Spring internships 
Other types of fellowships and internships programs offered through the State Department can be found at: <>. 

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