U.S. Government Internships
The Center for International Academic Programs provides the following list of
international internship sites and resources for interested students. Interning
and volunteering abroad are exciting ways to build your professional skills
while experiencing another culture. Please note that many internships are NOT
paid. At UMKC it is possible to receive academic credit for your experience, but
you must obtain prior approval from CIAP and your academic advisor in order to
do so. Financial aid may be possible if the program is approved by IAP. You can
call 816.235.5759 for more information on possible internships abroad
U.S Agency for International Aid
The US Agency for International Aid operates a paid
internship program located in Washington DC for both
undergrad and graduate students. Internship positions
are highly competitive as well as require background
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960,
when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at
the University of Michigan to serve their country in the
cause of peace by living and working in developing
countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the
federal government devoted to world peace and
friendship. - taken from the Peace Corps website.The
Peace Corp offers several dynamic and long term
volunteer experiences throughout the world. Eligibility
differs with educational level and focus of study.
U.S Department for State
The Department of State offers an array of
opportunities for internships, domestic and abroad. To
qualify, students must be U.S. citizen and in good
academic standing, also they must have completed 60 or
more credit hours by the time the internship begins.
Duties of an intern
State Department interns may work on a variety of
issues, including human rights, trade negotiations, and
consular affairs. Others may research economic or
environmental issues, or write on projects involving
arms control, infectious diseases, and remote sensing.
Those interested in administrative management may use
their expertise working on projects involving human
resources, information systems, or general logistical
support to posts abroad.
Types of Internships
Domestic: Most internships are with the State
Department in Washington D.C. There are a few other
large cities in the U.S. that may have job availability.
Overseas: Some internships are also available at U.S.
embassies and consulates abroad.
Length of Internships
State Department interns usually serve for a semester or
quarter during the academic school year, or for a
minimum of 10 weeks in the summer. All interns work a 40
Salary and Benefits
The majority of all State Department internships are
unpaid. A limited number of paid internships are
available to interns who can demonstrate a need for
financial assistance. For more info., contact the State
Dept. Office of Recruitment, Examination, and
Employment: tel 202.261.8841.