Communications and Educational Outreach Internship



AFSA is pleased to offer a Communications and Educational Outreach internship to college students interested in international affairs, educational outreach, communications, writing, event planning, and the U.S. Foreign Service.


The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, but most interns are college juniors or seniors. Current graduate students and applicants who have graduated from college within the past year are also eligible to apply, though preference will generally be given to undergraduates.

International students are welcome to apply if they have native-level fluency in English, are already in the U.S, and have a student visa and/or an approved Optional Practical Training period. AFSA is unable to sponsor anyone for a visa for an internship.

Interns need to be hard-working, reliable, and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Excellent computer skills are a must. Applicants should ideally have an interest in international affairs. Strong research skills are preferable for this internship.

Position Description

The Communications and Educational Outreach intern will support two AFSA employees: The Awards and Scholarships Manager and the Outreach and Internal Communications Manager. As such, they will assist in executing strategic educational outreach initiatives, communications, and awards programs. The various tasks are as follows; the list is not conclusive:

Awards and Scholarships:

  • Assist in compiling and sorting applicants for the AFSA scholarship program and High School Essay Contest.
  • Research and outreach related to AFSA’s educational programming.
  • Assist with the organizing and judging of AFSA Performance and Dissent Awards, Scholarships, and High School Essay Contest.
  • Prepare meeting materials and reports for AFSA Governing Board Committees.
  • Help with the design and implementation of several public awards ceremonies and training events.

Outreach and Internal Communications:

  • Monitor and compile news and other media related to the Foreign Service for amplification through AFSA’s network.
  • Assist in developing communications campaigns targeting both external and internal audiences.
  • The intern will play a role in AFSA's expanding outreach activities, helping plan targeted speaker activities and strategic partnerships.
  • Work on special AFSA events such as book notes and discussion panels, including on-site set-up, publicity, and scheduling.

During their time at AFSA, interns will have unique opportunities to talk with Foreign Service employees, learn about the Foreign Service and gain insights into the workings of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies. We strive to identify and pursue opportunities for high-level interaction for our interns.

AFSA will offer this internship in the spring of 2021. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $350; those who work 20-29 hours receive $600; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $850. We are also happy to coordinate with the appropriate college office for the conferral of academic credit for the internship.

Due to the ongoing conditions surrounding COVID-19, AFSA staff are continuing to telework through January 4. We are monitoring local health conditions and will make decisions in late December whether to return to the office at that time or further delay returning. With this in mind, all spring 2021 interns will be allowed telework for the durationof their internship. Should AFSA staff return to the office, the intern will be invited, but not required, to spend part of their internship working in AFSA’s offices located at 2101 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.

How To Apply

If you would like to be considered, please send a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to AFSA's Awards and Scholarships Manger, Theo Horn, at (subject: Internship), please CC AFSA’s Outreach and Internal Communications Manager, Allan Saunders, at

The deadline for spring internship applications is December 4. In all cases, candidates who are under serious consideration for the position will be notified within two weeks after the deadline; all other applicants should assume they are no longer being considered if they have not been contacted by then. (We regret that we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual applications.)

We are located at 2101 E Street NW in Washington, D.C., one block from the George Washington University campus and directly across from the State Department. The closest Metro stops are Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.