Intern with USAID



USAID offers both paid and unpaid internships for qualified students during the academic year.

We draw enthusiastic and forward-thinking interns from a wide variety of fields of study.

Interns generally work in one of USAID’s offices in Washington, D.C., supporting programs in fields such as economic growth, agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy and governance, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.

Work as an Intern at USAID

The work assigned to an intern typically includes:

  • Research
  • Writing program memoranda
  • Drafting documents
  • Facilitating meetings and special events
  • Attending program discussions in the Agency, at the Department of State, or on Capitol Hill
  •  Communicating about program issues with USAID field Missions abroad, and with USAID’s many stakeholders and the general public

Paid Internship Opportunities

USAID offers two types of paid internships:

The first type allows current students to explore Federal careers through the internship, which offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. You may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.

The second type provides work experience for current students in temporary jobs that do not convert to permanent employment.

To qualify for either program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school, two or four-year college,  or university, vocational/technical school, or other certificate program, on at least a half time basis
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, (students with lower GPAs may be eligible on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have good academic standing at your academic institution
  • Provide an official transcript of your grades
  • Be eligible for a security clearance

Volunteer Opportunities

USAID also sponsors unpaid internships for college and graduate students, depending on the needs of our geographic bureaus and technical offices.

To qualify for an unpaid internship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Meet other qualifications as stated in the application

Current Available Internships

NOTICE: Student vacancies are advertised as they become available. If no vacancies are listed, then there are no vacancies. Please continue to check the website for open vacancies.

Internships in the Office of the Senior LGBT Coordinator

The Office of the Senior LGBT Coordinator is currently seeking interns.

Internships in the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is currently seeking interns.

Internships in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs

Information on internships with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs is available at the LPA Internships page.

Internships in the Office of the General Counsel

General Counsel: Information on legal internships for law students is available at the Legal Internships page.

Internships in the Office of Transition Initiatives

The Office of Transition Initiatives is currently seeking volunteer student interns for spring, summer and fall 2015.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

University of Michigan’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

Eligible Languages

Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nahuatl, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Russian, Serbian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Yiddish.

The languages listed above have been preapproved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may also be eligible.  Please see the appropriate information packet for more details.

Types of Fellowships and Information Packets

There are three different types of FLAS Fellowships: Graduate Academic Year, Undergraduate Academic Year, and Summer. Each has its own information packet. Please download and read the appropriate information packet for more details, application procedure, and materials required for application.  Check out the International Institute’s FLAS webpage for application deadlines and materials.

Thai Studies Internship Support

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers funding opportunities to students who work on Thailand. This funding is made possible by the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies housed at the University of Michigan.

CSEAS can provide supplemental support for student internships in Thailand. Funds can be used to support travel to Thailand and to partially offset living costs not covered by other sources.

Eligibility: U-M undergraduate students in good standing.

Amount: Awards will not exceed $2,000.

Deadline: March 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Application Procedure: Please submit the following materials to

  • Application form
  • Description of internship, including the name of the organization, the length of the internship, and any compensation offered by the organization
  • Invitation or acceptance letter from the organization
  • List of other funding for which the applicant has applied, if any
  • Two academic letters of recommendation. Please ask your recommenders to use this form.
  • Transcript
  • Budget statement outlining all expenses

Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past and who enroll in Thai language courses at U-M. Awards will be made in April and must be spent by the following April.  Award recipients are required to submit a brief report of the project and may be asked to present the results of their work. Reports are due to CSEAS one month after funds are spent.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute founded in partnership with Kalamazoo College integrates both the social and natural sciences into semester, summer, and internship programs that allow you to gain knowledge through experiential learning. Students may work on an organic farm alongside villagers while learning about agroecosystems, backpack on remote forest trails in the mountains with upland people in order to study indigenous forest management or sea kayak to learn about oceans, reefs and fishing communities in Thailand.

For more information on their study abroad or internship programs check out today, and find out how to apply. This could be your classroom!

Humboldt Foundation German Chancellorship Fellowship

The German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Republic of India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential.

The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policylawmedia, business, the non-governmental and non-profit sector, and the arts. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.


  • Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (October 1 of the year following application);
  • Citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Brazil, or the Republic of India;
  • Candidates from all professions and disciplines are eligible to apply;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities;
  • Either English or German language skills.


  • A project plan (approx. 3 pages);
  • A detailed host’s statement, including a confirmation of support;
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal, and/or academic background;
  • New application deadline: September 15; 
  • Register for the next round of applications online.

During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

It is considered a prestigious fellowship and the alumni of the program typically have gone on to very successful careers. View past fellows by subject on the American Friends website. Additional program information, frequently asked questions, and a brochure on recent AvH German Chancellor Fellows can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Questions? Contact the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the American Friends office.

Study Abroad Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Critical Need Languages

Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program. Those critical need languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects);
  • Chinese (all dialects);
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Japanese
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek);
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki);
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi);
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Swahili

Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further details.

Program Length

1 Month to 1 Year

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.The scholarship program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing who have received a Federal Pell Grant and meet the following criteria.

Eligble Applicants Must Be:

  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.
  • Applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – and no more than one academic year. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
  • Studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning List. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning List.

The applications for study or intern abroad during the spring and summer (early application) terms open in mid-August, with a deadline in early October.  The application for study or intern abroad during the summer and fall/academic year terms  open in mid-January, with a deadline in early March.  Please see the Deadlines and Timelines for further details.

Contact Information
Gilman Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027

Blakemore Foundation Language Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

The Blakemore Foundation’s Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines. (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester. Refresher Grants are not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are not appropriate candidates for a Blakemore Refresher Grant.

An applicant for a Refresher Grant must be an individual in mid-career, established in academia, public service or the private sector, and a member of one of the following groups:

  • Former Blakemore Freeman Fellows
  • Professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States
  • Individuals working in an Asian career field

See the Refresher Grant guidelines for complete eligibility requirements.

Applications are currently closed.

We encourage you to apply online!

The 2016 application cycle will open August 1st, 2015, with a deadline of 11:30 p.m. EST on December 30, 2015. If for any reason you cannot access our online application, please email us at for help.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2016 Grant Guidelines

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Blakemore Refresher Grants

2016 Grant Guidelines

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