U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP)




Spend two summers in an experiential-learning program designed to expose undergraduate students to U.S. diplomacy and the work of the Department of State. Established in 2014, this merit and needs-based opportunity is available to undergraduate sophomore and junior students with a 3.2 GPA or higher who are available to participate in two consecutive summer internships as rising juniors and seniors.


The program is both professionally and academically beneficial as it provides writing training, diplomatic history, and hands-on experience in the daily operations of U.S. foreign policy. The program includes two paid summer internships:

  • Three weeks of academic and professional training in Washington, D.C. followed by seven weeks working in a policy office at the U.S. Department of State
  • A ten-week assignment in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad

Eligibility criteria

To qualify you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  2. Demonstrate financial need via Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or Statement of Interest.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.
  4. Be a sophomore or junior when applying (i.e. be a rising junior or senior at the start of program).
  5. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in an accredited academic institution at least half time.
  6. Must have firm plans to continue education after the first USFSIP summer.
  7. Must be available during program dates of June 6, 2022 - August 12, 2022 (similar dates for 2023).
  8. Must be able to obtain and maintain SECRET security clearance.
  9. Remain in good academic standing (3.20 GPA or higher) for the duration of program.

Application Process

Apply to this program on USAJOBS here.

  • Applicant Profile — for applicants new to USAJOBS
  • USFSIP Application — including Statement of Interest and one essay question
  • Required Documents — transcript(s) and resume built in USAJOBS Resume Builder.  No other resumes will be reviewed.
  • Optional Documents —  Student Aid Report (SAR)

If you have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you must submit a PDF copy of your latest Student Aid Report (SAR).  We must confirm the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) listed on the application.  

If you did not complete a FAFSA, you will not need to submit a copy of your SAR. However, we highly encourage you to highlight your circumstances in telling us your story in the Statement of Interest.


  • Government Service
  • International Study or Experience
  • Professional Development
  • Summer Opportunities


  • International Affairs
  • National Security
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Public Service

Eligible applicants

  • Second-year Undergrads
  • Third-year Undergrads


  • First-gen College Students
  • High Financial Need
  • Historically Excluded/Underrepresented
  • Veterans
  • Women

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen

ASU Nomination required

  • No