Editorial and Journalism Internship



The Foreign Service Journal is pleased to offer an editorial internship to college students interested in publications, international affairs, and the U.S. Foreign Service.


The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, but most FSJ 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.

Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Basic computer skills are a must. Applicants should also have a strong interest in international affairs, and ideally have done course work in the field. Publications experience is not required but is a plus.

Position Description

The editorial intern will gain experience in research (particularly on the Web), fact-checking, copy-editing and proofreading, in addition to performing routine administrative work. Interns will also have the chance to contribute short pieces to the magazine, though applicants should note that the position is not primarily geared to writing.

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.

The Foreign Service Journal offers internships 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 writing sample(s), to journal@afsa.org (Attention: Internship Coordinator).

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.)

Other Information

The Foreign Service Journal is a monthly, four-color magazine published by the American Foreign Service Association. Its circulation is 17,500. Editorial aspects of the magazine focus mainly on the work of the Foreign Service and related professional concerns, as well as general foreign policy coverage. Full contents of recent issues are posted on the Journal page of this Web site.

We are located at 2101 E Street NW in Washington, D.C., two blocks from the George Washington University campus and directly across from the State Department. The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.