Internships for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

U.S. Department of State Foreign National Student Intern Program

The Foreign National Student Intern Program is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with the U.S. Mission in Canada. This program benefits both the Mission and students by providing the Foreign National student with valuable experience in an Embassy environment and by assisting the Mission in accomplishing their goals. Interns will not receive compensation, benefits, or have any future employment rights.

Foreign National Student Intern Program Guidelines

Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Only students in Canada who are non-U.S. Citizens are eligible for Foreign National Student Internships. American citizens or individuals with claim to American citizenship are not eligible for this position. American students interested in student internships should apply to the programs found on the Internships for U.S. Citizens page.
  • Foreign students, who wish to participate in an internship, must possess a work permit as well as a study permit in accordance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada policy.
  • Students must have graduated from high school or equivalent secondary school prior to beginning the program. Students must be enrolled, not less than half time in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university or comparable recognized institute.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at his/her current educational institution and provide a certified transcript to verify it and must provide written permission from the educational institution in which the student is enrolled.
  • Students must pass a medical exam and a U.S. non-sensitive security clearance.

Types of Assignments for the Student Interns

Interns can be assigned duties that may include research, economic and political report writing, correspondence, information systems, analysis of international issues, visa/consular work, administrative duties, budget, fiscal and personnel management and temporary special projects.

Students Applying for Intern Positions

To be eligible for consideration for an Intern position, students must submit documentation prior to the closing date on the Vacancy Announcement:

  • Application for Foreign National Student Intern program (51KB PDF);
  • Résumé;
  • Statement of Interest Form (26KB PDF), which includes the student’s objectives and motivations in seeking an internship and how their academic courses and other experience related to the Mission goals/office needs;
  • Written permission from their school; and
  • Certified transcript to verify that the student is in good standing.

Intern Commitment

Length and hours of the internship varies. Work schedules are at the discretion of the Supervisor.

Internships for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

The U.S. Consulate General Vancouver is offering internships for students for the Spring 2022 semester (January to April) in the Public Affairs Section. Applicant must be enrolled part-time or more in a university, college, trade school, technical or vocational institute, or comparable recognized educational institute.

Public Affairs Internship

Opening date: October 4, 2021
Closing date: November 4, 2021

The U.S. Consulate General Vancouver is offering TWO internships for students for the Spring 2022 semester (January to April) in the Political/Economic Section. Applicant must be enrolled part-time or more in a university, college, trade school, technical or vocational institute, or comparable recognized educational institute.

Political-Economic Affairs Internship

Opening date: October 4, 2021
Closing date: November 4, 2021

The U.S. Consulate General Montreal is offering internships for students during the 2021-2022 academic year in the Public Affairs Section, the Political and Economic Affairs Section, and the U.S. Commercial Service. These are unpaid internships; as such, interns will not be considered employees of the U.S. government nor be entitled to payment for their service.

Note: In light of the exceptional circumstances surrounding the pandemic, interns should anticipate the need to telecommute in some capacity. Given the fluid and unpredictable nature of the situation, it is challenging to predict when a full return to the office will occur. Nevertheless, in recent months, interns have proven that meaningful projects can still be successfully completed remotely.

Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students. Candidates must be enrolled in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute and must have completed at least two years of university-level studies.

Application Deadlines for all 2021-2022 Internships:

  • Fall 2021 – Applications accepted April 1-15, 2021
  • Winter 2022 – Applications accepted September 7-21, 2021
  • Summer 2022 – Applications accepted December 1-15, 2021