1/24/15 – U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)
Sarah P’s comments: For US librarians interested in a future international career here is an opportunity to get your foot in the door. It is unpaid but worthwhile if you can afford the time and the lack of income for a short while. The US government hires librarians as Information Resource Officers however as there are only about 30 of these worldwide, it is advisable to look at other positions which use the same skill set. (For more info about US gov’t jobs for librarians please see Chap. 6 of my book and visit the Resources section of my blog.)
The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2015 Fall Student Internship Program . (You must be a US citizen.)
Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is .
The deadline is March 2, 2015 however they highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.
The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.
As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
- Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
- Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
- Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
- Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
- Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.
So consider spending your Fall 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.