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 checks.


Peace Corps

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 hour week.

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.