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.

Position: Political, Economic and Commercial Analyst Internships, Montreal (PDF)
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 in the field of Political Science, Economics, Communication, Journalism, Business, International Affairs, Social Sciences, Humanities, or related areas. Candidate must have completed at least two years of university-level studies.
Language: Fluent speaking/writing/reading English and French are required.

Opening date: October 13, 2020
Closing date: November 6, 2020
Duration: May – August 2021 / September – December 2021

For more information about interning at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, check out this video.

The U.S. Consulate General Toronto is offering an internship for students for the Spring 2021 semester (January to April) in the Political/Economic Section.

Position: Political/Economic Section, Toronto (PDF)
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 in the field of Political Science, International Relations, Economics or a variety of other subjects,
Opening date: October 8, 2020
Closing date: Open until filled

The U.S. Consulate General Vancouver is offering internships for students for the Spring 2021 semester (January to April) in the Public Diplomacy Section.

Position: Public Diplomacy intern, Vancouver (PDF)
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 in the field of Communications, Marketing (digital or traditional), Journalism, International Relations and/or Public Affairs, or Political Science.
Opening date: October 4, 2020
Closing date: November 4, 2020

The U.S. Consulate General Vancouver is offering TWO internships for students for the Spring 2021 semester (January to April) in the Political/Economic Section.

Position: Political/Economic Section, Vancouver (PDF)
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 in the field of Political Science, International Relations, Economics or a variety of other subjects,
Opening date: October 4, 2020
Closing date: November 4, 2020

WINTER 20-2021 VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP
Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 16, 2020
Interview Dates: Open

The U.S. Commercial Service in Toronto offers internships to Canadian students (preferably in business or international affairs) that are interested in working in trade promotion.