Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington, D.C. location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from June 15 to June 21, 2017 or when the application cutoff limit has been reached for each position. Each vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links Cutoff
(Student Trainee)
(Student Trainee)
GS-0599-04:HRSC/PATH-2017-0070 100
Information Technology
(Student Trainee)
GS-2299-05:HRSC/PATH-2017-0074 100
Office Automation
(Student Trainee)
GS-0399-04:HRSC/PATH-2017-0071 100
Program Analysis
(Student Trainee)
GS-0399-03:HRSC/PATH-2017-0072 100

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact or visit our forums or FAQs at


International Jobs in the Government

Want an International Job with the Government?

Check out the guide,“Making A Global Impact: Guide to International Jobs in the Government,”  to see if a job in a traditional or non-traditional federal service agency is the right fit for you.

Topics explored:

  • Traditional Federal Service Agencies
  • Non-Traditional Federal Service Agencies
  • Advice for Finding Federal Jobs
  • Experience Needed
  • Education Needed
  • Networking Advice

UofM Internship Fair

College Democrats would like to invite the members of the Program in International and Comparative Studies to our annual Internship Fair on Saturday February 21st. We’ll have representatives from various campaigns, organizations, and programs seeking talented, progressive students for their open summer internship positions. Now that it’s 2015, your members are needed more than ever to help create change in our state and beyond. Some of our participants include:

+ The Office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

+ The Office of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

+ The Office of Congressional Candidate Gretchen Driskell

+ The Office of Senator Rebekah Warren

+ The Office of Rep. Jeff Irwin

+ The Michigan Democratic Party

+ Michigan in Washington

+ And more!

The Internship Fair is 12:00-2:00pm in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. Refreshments will be provided.

One-Year MA Program_Yenching Academy, Peking University

The Yenching Academy offers a 1-year Master of China Studies program (in English) designed to prepare an elite class of future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century global landscape.
The Academy is launching the program with the first class of students arriving September 2015, and they are now actively recruiting candidates from the best universities around the world.

The excerpted message below, sent to the UM Lieberthal Rogel Center for Chinese Studies from the Associate Dean of Yenching Academy, John Holden, highlights the salient points of the program.  The Yenching Academy would very much like to include a UMich graduate in their first cohort.

Since our degree can be completed with work in English, we’re open to students with no background in China studies, but we also offer courses in Chinese for those with a stronger China background. Perhaps one of your students would be interested?  Here’s a bit more background about the program:
We are aiming for a student body with broad geographic representation. Of the approximately one hundred students in our inaugural class, we expect about thirty-five to be from mainland China, and the remaining sixty-five to be divided approximately as follows: twenty from North America, twenty from Europe and twenty-five from the rest of the world.

The international students will not only be geographically diverse, but their backgrounds and level of knowledge of China will vary considerably as well.  For example, a Yenching Scholar may be an engineering graduate who knows little about China but wants international experience to add to his/her resume, and would take all courses at the Academy in English. Another may be someone who has majored in Chinese history or language and is able to attend courses in Chinese.  Other Yenching Scholars may have some Chinese language skills but will still need to do their coursework in English.

The subjects that can be studied at the Academy will range across the humanities and social sciences as they pertain to China, and will fall roughly into the following categories:  Literature and Culture; History and Archaeology; Philosophy and Religion; Public Policy and International Relations; Economics and Management; and Law and Society  

A thesis will be required of students, but I do want to emphasize that the program is intended to be broad rather than deep.  We want students to explore as many aspects of Chinese history, culture and contemporary affairs as possible.  Should a student wish to pursue advanced research, they may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in a particular Peking University department after completing their degree at the Academy.

More information about the Yenching Academy can be found on our website

Summer in South Asia Fellowship Symposium, Oct. 24, 4PM, 1636 SSWB

Join us, Friday, October 24, 2014!
4:00 PM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Learn more about what the fellows on the Summer in South Asia program did during their summers in India!
All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public. 
Indian food will be served following the symposium!
Stage 1 applications are due January 19! Apply now!

Internships with the U.S. Department of State

Tuesday, September 30 | 6:00-7:00pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium

The U.S. Department of State offers over 1,000 summer internships at its embassies and missions throughout the world, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at facilities in approximately 20 other cities throughout the United States. A panel of University of Michigan students will share their experiences as Department of State interns this past summer, and Diplomat in Residence Michelle Jones will review the application process for this exciting and challenging program.

Students who are considering applying to the Department of State are encouraged to contact Ms. Jones directly at

Sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

PICS Career Event: Careers in Foreign Service. Wed, Sept 24, 12-1 PM. 1644 SSWB

This event is an information session for students interested in careers or internships with the U.S. Department of State.

For resources on careers, please visit the PICS career webpage and click the Resources at the U.S. Department of State dropdown menu.

Day: Wednesday, September 24

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Room 1644, International Institute, First Floor, 1080 S. University (School of Social Work Building)

Speaker: Michelle Jones, Ford School’s Diplomat in Residence (DIR)

Lunch will be served.

About the speaker:

Jones is a seasoned Foreign Service officer whose most recent post was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she oversaw the Fulbright academic and International Visitors Leadership programs and 18 Lincoln Learning Centers throughout the country. Previously, Jones served as consul and principal officer at the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg, Canada, and as public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago where she was senior advisor to the ambassador and embassy spokesperson. She has also held posts in Bangladesh and Poland. She speaks Polish, Spanish, and Dari (Persian Farsi). Before joining the Foreign Service, Jones was associate professor of English at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where she taught twentieth-century British and American literature and founded the Women’s Resource Center.
Diplomats in Residence are Foreign Service officers who guide and advise students, professionals, and members of the community on Foreign and Civil Service careers, fellowships, and internships. The Ford School is one of only 16 schools selected by the State Department to host a Diplomat in Residence (DIR), who serves the Ford School, the broader U-M community, and a number of educational institutions in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.