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: Consular Intern, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Either recent graduates seeking business experience prior to gaining permanent paid employment or currently enrolled 3rd/4th year students held in good academic standing in a post-secondary educational institution at the time of application, preferably in economics, business administration, and related fields
Posting Date: June 12, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Duration: September – December 2017

Position: Management and Regional Security Office, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Either recent graduates seeking business experience prior to gaining permanent paid employment or currently enrolled 3rd/4th year students held in good academic standing in a post-secondary educational institution at the time of application, preferably in economics, business administration, and related fields
Posting Date: June 9, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Duration: September – December 2017

Position: Political/Economic Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Either recent graduates seeking business experience prior to gaining permanent paid employment or currently enrolled 3rd/4th year students held in good academic standing in a post-secondary educational institution at the time of application, preferably in economics, business administration, and related fields
Posting Date: June 9, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Duration: September – December 2017

Position: Public Affairs Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Either recent graduates seeking business experience prior to gaining permanent paid employment or currently enrolled 3rd/4th year students held in good academic standing in a post-secondary educational institution at the time of application, preferably in economics, business administration, and related fields
Posting Date: June 9, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Duration: September – December 2017

Position: Public Affairs Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled part-time or more in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute in the fields of Communication, Journalism, International Affairs, Public Affairs, Political Science, and Social Sciences, Humanities or related areas. Candidate must have completed at least two years of university-level work.
Posting Date: January 25, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Duration: May – August 2017

Position: Consular Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Non‐U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled part‐time or more in a university, college, trade school, technical or vocational institute, or comparable recognized educational institute in the field of International Relations, Management, International Business, Finance, Environmental Management, Communications, Political Science, Public Administration or related discipline.
Posting Date: January 25, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Duration: May – August 2017

Position: Management Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled part-time or more in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute in the field of business, communications, liberal arts, or international relations. Candidate must have completed at least two years of university-level work.
Posting Date: January 25, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Duration: May – August, 2017

Position: Political/Economic Section, Vancouver (PDF)
Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled part-time or more in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute in the field of Communication, Journalism, International Affairs, Public Affairs, Social Sciences, Humanities or related areas. Candidate must have completed at least two years of university-level work.
Posting Date: January 25, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Duration: May – August 2017

Position: Political Section, Ottawa (PDF)
Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled half-time or more in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute in the field of International Relations, International Business, Finance, Communications, Political Science or Public Administration as well as related disciplines.
Posting Date: December 2016
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Duration: Spring 2017

Position: Political/Economic Section, Montreal (PDF)
Open to: Non-U.S. Citizen Students*. Candidates must be enrolled half-time or more in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institute in the field of Political Science, Communication, Journalism, International Affairs, Social sciences, Humanities or related areas.
Posting Date: May 17, 2017
Closing Date: June 5, 2017
Duration: Fall 2017