State Department Opportunities for Students
National Security Language Institute for Youth
Who: U.S. citizen high school students, age 15-18, with 2.5 GPA or above.
What: Opportunities to study less commonly taught languages in immersion programs abroad.
When/Where: Summer or Academic Year/Selected countries worldwide.
How: Apply via www.nsliforyouth.org.
Funding: Travel, lodging with host families and language studies are funded.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for High School Students and Young Professionals, Germany
Who: U.S. citizen, national and Legal Permanent Resident high school students (age 15-18), with GPA 3.0 or above; and U.S. citizens, nationals and Legal Permanent Residents (age 18-24) with some relevant experience in their career field (work, internship or volunteer).
When: Academic Year/Germany.
How: Apply via www.usagermanyscholarship.org/app (high school) and https://cbyx.info (young professional).
Funding: Travel, lodging and academic studies are funded.
American Youth Leadership Programs
Who: U.S. citizen high school students, age 15-17, with at least one semester remaining upon return. Specific programs may be open only to students from a particular city, state or geographic region.
What: Leadership training exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and examine globally significant issues.
When/Where: Three to four weeks in summer/Worldwide.
How: Apply to individual programs via exchanges.state.gov/us/program/american-youth-leadership-program.
Funding: Travel, lodging and program fees are funded.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
Who: U.S. citizen high school students at time of application, age 15-18.
What: Cultural exchange opportunities to enroll in local high schools and live with host families in selected countries.
When/Where: Academic year/Selected countries worldwide.
How: Apply via www.yes-abroad.org.
Who: U.S. citizen students or recent graduates age 16 and older.
What: Paid internship opportunities to work in federal agencies* and explore federal careers while attending school with possible eligibility for conversion to permanent employment in the Civil Service.
When/Where: Full-time and seasonal openings, announced on an ongoing basis/United States.
How: Apply to individual vacancies via www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
Who: U.S. citizen college students with 60 credits at start of internship who will be continuing their studies immediately after the internship.
What: Opportunities to gain practical, professional experience in a foreign affairs environment and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.
When/Where: 8-14 weeks, full time, in summer, spring and fall/Worldwide, at U.S. Department of State offices in Washington and other U.S. cities and more than 100 U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
How: Apply via usajobs.gov. Deadlines may vary, but traditionally are mid-October for summer, March 1 for fall and July 1 for spring of the following year. Interested students should sign up for email alerts using the “Keep Me Informed” feature on careers.state.gov and clicking the “Student Programs” box on the menu. For more information, see careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships.
Funding: Internships are unpaid. Housing may be provided at some overseas posts.
Critical Language Scholarship Program
Who: U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year of course work at start of program.
What: Opportunities to study one of 14 critical languages in immersion programs abroad.
When/Where: Summer/Selected countries worldwide.
How: Visit www.clscholarship.org/index.php.
Funding: Program, housing and travel costs are covered.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Who: U.S. citizen undergraduates who are Pell Grant recipients and have been accepted into a credit-eligible study abroad program or overseas internship (including internships with the U.S. Department of State) lasting at least two weeks for students studying at a 2-year institution and four weeks for those at a 4-year institution.
When/Where: Spring, summer, fall or academic year/Any country except Cuba or those on the U.S. Department of State travel warning list.
How: Apply via www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program. Deadlines vary according to program.
Funding: Up to $5,000, with an additional $3,000 available for critical-need language study.
Boren Awards for International Study—Boren Scholarships (undergrads) and Boren Fellowships (graduate students)
Who: U.S. citizen undergraduate or graduate students.
What: Funding for study abroad.
When/Where: For scholarships, semester, academic year and (for STEM fields only) summer. For fellowships, academic year.
Where: Worldwide excluding Western Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
How: Apply via borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/how_apply.html and www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/how_apply.html. Note that Boren Fellowship applicants commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
Funding: Scholarships, up to $20,000 for study abroad; fellowships, up to $24,000 for overseas study, up to $6,000 for domestic language study.
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program (undergraduate)
Who: U.S. citizen full-time undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.2 or above.
What: Six-week program designed to provide undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs and a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs.
When/Where: Summer/Washington, D.C.
How: Apply via www.rangelprogram.org. Deadline is early February.
Funding: Tuition, travel, housing, housing, two meals per day and a stipend of $3,200.
Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
Who: U.S. citizens who plan to attend graduate school and who are interested in a Foreign Service career.
What: Funding for two years of graduate study in a field related to the work of the U.S. Department of State and two paid summer internships, the first on Capitol Hill and the second at a U.S. embassy. After graduation, fellows must fulfill a five-year service commitment as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State.
When: First internship takes place the summer before the start of graduate school in the fall.
Where: U.S. graduate school of candidate’s choice.
How: Apply via www.rangelprogram.org.
Funding: Costs of graduate study (tuition and living expenses) are covered, up to $37,500 per academic year. Internships are paid.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Graduate Foreign Affairs Scholarship (undergraduate and graduate students)
Who: U.S. citizens planning to attend graduate school in a field related to the work of the U.S. Department of State and who are interested in a Foreign Service career.
What: Funding for senior year and the first year of graduate school, two paid summer internships with the U.S. Department of State. After graduation, fellowship recipients must fulfill a five-year service commitment as an FSO with the State Department.
When: Two paid internships, the first of which is prior to the start of graduate studies in the fall.
Where: U.S. graduate school of candidate’s choice.
How: Apply via www.twc.edu/thomas-r-pickering-foreign-affairs-fellowship-program.
Funding: Up to $37,500 per academic year. Internships are paid.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Who: U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduate students.
What: A wide range of fellowships for academic study, research and teaching English abroad.
When/Where: Varies according to program/Around the world.
How: Current students must apply through their school. See: eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs for a full list of programs and us.fulbrightonline.org for a list of Fulbright on-campus advisors.
Funding: Varies based on program.
Presidential Management Fellowship
Who: U.S. citizen graduate students in the final academic year of their degree or U.S. citizens who have completed a graduate degree within two years of the application deadline, who have a clear interest in public service.
What: The premier federal government leadership development program, designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders.
When/Where: Two years, full time/Washington, D.C., and Department of State offices around the United States.
How: Apply via www.pmf.gov. Application opens for two weeks during September.
Funding: Two-year appointment as a salaried federal government employee.
Diplomacy Fellows Program
Who: U.S. citizens interested in a career as a Foreign Service officer who have a graduate degree in a field relevant to work of the U.S. Department of State and who have participated in and successfully completed one of the following programs within five years of the vacancy announcement:
• American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellows
• Boren Graduate Fellowship Fellows
• Fascell Fellows
• Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellows
• Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows
• Presidential Management Fellows at the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development
• Harry S. Truman Scholars
• Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
• Charles B. Rangel Fellows
What: Diplomacy Fellows are advanced directly to the Oral Assessment in the Foreign Service Officer selection process. See careers.state.gov/work/fellowships/diplomacy-fellows.
Virtual Student Foreign Service
Who: U.S. citizen recent high school graduates starting college or university in the fall and current undergraduates.
What: Opportunities to work on projects at various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State.
When: 5-10 hours weekly throughout the academic year.
Where: Students remain on campus and work online.
How: Apply via www.usajobs.gov. Students apply for up to three specific projects. For details, see www.state.gov/vsfs. Applications are due in July for the following academic year. Interested students should sign up to receive the program announcement using the “Keep Me Informed” feature on careers.state.gov and clicking the “Student Programs” box on the menu.
—Information courtesy of the State Department Bureau of Human Resources
*Those interested in Pathways openings with the U.S. Department of State should have an account and resumé on www.usajobs.gov; sign up for alerts using the “Keep Me Informed” feature on careers.state.gov, clicking the “Student Programs” box on the menu; and in most instances be prepared to apply within 24 hours of the vacancy announcement posting.