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Office of International Education and Development
U.S. Department of State Student Programs
The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of American society. Several prestigious internships.  Scholarships and fellowship for U.S. citizens have been established to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. The Diplomat in Residence can assist students during the fellowship and internship application process. One scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship, does not require students to be preparing for a career in the Department of State at the time of application.
  • The U.S. Department of State Internship Program is an unpaid internship that allows students to work in U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. or offices in the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive work experiences in a foreign affairs environment. Please subscribe to receive email updates regarding this program and the deadlines. Details are available at http://careers.state.gov/intern/which-program-is-right-for-you#ccc1.
  • Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors, practical training through internships at the U.S. Department of State, and academic studies in international affairs over a eight week period at Georgetown University. The Fellowship provides a $6,000 award to each student to cover the cost of the summer program. Applicants must have completed the junior year prior to the start of the program. The program provides six credit hours. For more information about this program and the deadlines, visit www.americanambassadors.org.  Students can submit inquiries to council@americanambassadors.org.
  • The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships, sponsored by the College of William and Mary, will provide a $5,000 award for two U.S. college students to work in U.S. embassies in Paris or London and one U.S. college student to work in a component of the Office of the Secretary in Washington, D.C. These fellowships are available during summer sessions only. State will forward applicants for internships in London or Paris or in a component of the Office of the Secretary to The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program for consideration. Eligible candidates will be contacted with instructions on applying. Only undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year and graduating seniors continuing their studies will be considered. Inquiries should be sent to harriman@wm.edu.
  • The Virtual Student Foreign Service is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young as a new form of diplomatic engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with U.S. diplomatic posts overseas, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the U.S. Commercial Service domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world.  Duties and responsibilities vary according to the location and needs of the VSFS projects identified by the sponsoring domestic or overseas diplomatic office. VSFS projects may be research based; contribute to reports on issues such as human rights, economics or the environment; and may also be more technology oriented, such as working on web pages or helping produce electronic journals. Students are expected to work virtually on an average of 5-10 hours per week on VSFS eInternship projects. They apply in the summer and if selected, begin the eInternship that fall lasting through spring. Most work and projects are internet-based and some have language requirements.
  • The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate program. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service after receiving the graduate degree. The Pickering Undergraduate applicants apply as rising seniors during the last week of January (about the 25th) with recommendations being sent a week later. The fellowship covers the senior year of college and the first year of a two-year graduate program. The Pickering Graduate applicants, graduating seniors, must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in a field related to international relations or foreign affairs in the fall preceding graduation with the baccalaureate degree. The fellowship will cover a two year graduate program.
  • The Charles Rangel International Program is a collaboration between the Department of State and Howard University to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.
  • The Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide at least 15 to 20 undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. Students live at Howard University; take two classes and a seminar; and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and in diverse locations around Washington, DCThe Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It provides a stipend of $3,200. 
  • The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program to prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service where they help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers.
  • The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship provides financial assistance to U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant and have limited financial means to participate in credit bearing study abroad and internship programs. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Applicants must apply through and be endorsed by the Gilman Campus Representative, a designated education abroad coordinator, in the Office of International Education & Development. Gilman scholarships are awarded for each semester, including the summer. Applications for the fall semester or a full academic year are submitted between January and the March deadline; applications for the spring semester, the first week of October; and the summer session, the first week of March.