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U.S. Department of State, U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9234

Fri, October 3, 2014

Explore this internship and how to apply via your BTT Gateway account, Job ID 9234


The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. We work to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world to benefit the American people and people everywhere. The Department’s employees work at more than 270 embassies, consulates, and missions around the world and at domestic offices in Washington D.C. and across the United States.

The U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program is a paid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy. Training modules on diplomatic history, professional writing and career skills provide additional benefits compared to the typical internship.

We are looking for outstanding students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, knowledge, and exceptional analytical and leadership skills to participate in a two-summer program that will expose you to real-world diplomacy. From June 1 – August 8, 2015, selected students will work in Washington, D.C. where they will experience classroom education about America’s foreign policy and work on a policy desk. In a similar period during 2016, they will take their newfound knowledge and apply it in a U.S. Embassy overseas.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Outstanding academic performance, significant achievements, relevant experience and strong indications of interest in foreign affairs or public service are important considerations in the selection process. The selection committee will look for accomplishments and potential in the following dimensions that have been found important to success in the Foreign Service: Cultural Adaptability, Information Integration and Analysis, Initiative and Leadership, Judgment, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Planning and Organizing, Working with Others. The committee will also take into account financial need and/or history of other adversity. If selected for any State Department internship, you will receive a conditional offer; it is not a guarantee of employment. You must then apply for and receive a security clearance before the offer is confirmed, which takes several months and sometimes much longer.

To be considered for this internship, you must:
• Be a U.S. citizen;
• Be a current college sophomore or junior;
• Have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA;
• Plan to return to school the year following the first summer internship.

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