Scholarship Program Internship

(Note: This internship is ONLY available for the Spring Semester, which is approximately January-May.)

Background: The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Scholarship Program offers academic and art merit awards to Foreign Service high school seniors and need-based financial aid scholarships to undergraduate college students all of whom are children of AFSA members. AFSA is an individual membership organization with 16,200 active duty and retired US Government Foreign Service employees as members from the six Foreign Service agencies who have worked at US embassies, consulates and missions around the world.  AFSA offers 25 merit awards totaling $40,000 in May and bestows 65 Financial Aid Scholarships totaling $240,000. Support comes from individual and organizational donors who have established annual and ongoing scholarships along with a withdrawal from AFSA’s scholarship endowment. Visit AFSA’s Scholarship page or our main page for more information. To explore careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, visit

Functional Areas: Marketing, communication, database administration, promotion, research, association management, administration, international affairs.

Duties: While working for the AFSA Scholarship Program, the intern would assist in all aspects of a scholarship program from application acceptance to promotion of winners. Interns will work directly with applicants, Scholarship Program staff, the AFSA Scholarship Committee, judges, donors, school administrators and other association staff in his/her duties.  The intern will help in managing the applicant submission software, Community Force; enter data into the Association’s database, Netforum; assist in planning a recipient reception and ceremony; attend committee meetings; research donors; etc.

Skills: Excellent attention to detail and follow-through are a must. Computer literate in Word, Excel, web-based applications, and ideally in Netforum and Community Force (databases). Candidate needs to have a strong work ethic and take initiative. Must speak fluent English.

Other facts: Ideally, the intern will be able to work at least 16-24 hours a week over 2-5 days. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700. AFSA will work with the student’s class schedule. We are also happy to coordinate with the appropriate college office for the conferral of academic credit for the internship. Please note the intern is responsible for arranging his/her own housing and covering his/her expenses. We are located at 2101 E Street NW in Washington, D.C., two blocks from the George Washington University campus and directly across from the State Department. The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom/GWU, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.

Eligibility: Ideally seeking a student who is a college junior and/or senior. Graduate students and applicants who have graduated from college within the past year or so are also eligible to apply. Applications are due by November 15, 2017.

To apply: Email cover letter and resume to:

Lori Dec, Scholarship Director
2101 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037, (202) 944-5504