Communications Internship

NOTE: This internship will NOT be offered in the fall 2017 semester.

AFSA is pleased to offer a communications internship to college students interested in international affairs, marketing, communications, writing, event planning and the U.S. Foreign Service.


The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, but most interns are college juniors or seniors. Current graduate students and applicants who have graduated from college within the past year are also eligible to apply, though preference will generally be given to undergraduates.

International students are welcome to apply if they have native-level fluency in English, are already in the U.S, and have a student visa and/or an approved Optional Practical Training period. AFSA is unable to sponsor anyone for a visa for an internship.

Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Excellent computer skills are a must. A comfort with web page design and maintenance is required, as is a familiarity with our web software (Drupal), or a willingness to learn to use it. Applicants should ideally have an interest in international affairs. Strong research skills are preferable for this internship.

Position Description

The communications intern will assist the employees in AFSA's Communications department. The various tasks are as follows:

  • The intern will work on researching and drafting press releases; interact with the media; facilitate interviews and background sessions with AFSA governing board members; and assist with the coordination of our national speakers bureau.
  • The intern will work on special AFSA events such as book notes and discussion panels, including on-site set-up, publicity, and scheduling; work on AFSA's minority internship coordination; assist with CFC planning; and work on all aspects of AFSA's 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Fund for American Diplomacy.
  • The intern will assist with the solicitation of nominations for AFSA's various awards; participate in the selection process; help plan the annual awards ceremony; play a role in the selection process for and unveiling of the AFSA memorial plaque at our annual May ceremony; and work on the national high school essay contest.
  • The intern will help out with coverage of AFSA events and occasionally write articles for AFSA News - with byline.
  • The intern will work on issues related to AFSA's website and assist with social media.
  • The intern will play a role in AFSA's expanding outreach activities, helping plan targeted speaker activities, strategic partnerships, and participate in Road Scholar outreach programs.
  • The intern will conduct various research projects.

During their time at AFSA, interns will have unique opportunities to talk with Foreign Service employees, learn about the Foreign Service and gain insights into the workings of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies. Arrangements will be made for enrichment activities (visit to the Department of State and a foreign embassy, for instance), and we strive to identify opportunities for high-level interaction for our interns.

AFSA offers this internship in the spring, summer and fall. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700. We are also happy to coordinate with the appropriate college office for the conferral of academic credit for the internship. Please note that all interns are responsible for arranging their own housing and covering their own expenses.

How To Apply

If you would like to be considered, please send a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to AFSA's Director of Communications, Mr. Ásgeir Sigfússon, at (subject: Communications Internship).

The deadline for spring internship applications is Oct. 15; for summer internships, Feb. 15; and for fall internships, June 15. In all cases, candidates who are under serious consideration for the position will be notified within two weeks after the deadline; all other applicants should assume they are no longer being considered if they have not been contacted by then. (We regret that we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual applications.)

We are located at 2101 E Street NW in Washington, D.C., one block from the George Washington University campus and directly across from the State Department. The closest Metro stops are Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.