ADST interns learn diplomatic history as practitioners by editing oral histories into Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History, listening in on oral histories as they’re being related, attending seminars at think tanks around Washington and meeting Foreign Service Officers at all stages of their careers at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where the ADST cottage is located.
From left front row:
Amy Busey, George Mason University
Juli Sunderlin, Loyola
Madeline Domalakes, Hillsdale
Judy Waters, George Washington University
From left second row:
Roderick Law, George Washington University
Marissa Yang, Sonoma State
Katherine Smith, Florida State University
Kyle Sinno, George Mason University
What is an Internship with ADST?
At left: Former Secretary Colin Powell with interns at the 2006 ADST gala dinner
ADST is a 501(c)(3) NGO located on the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and offers a robust internship program that caters to those with an interest in the Foreign Service and diplomatic history. Our interns emerge from their internship with a better understanding of U.S. diplomacy, the inner workings of the Department of State, and the realities of Foreign Service life. Through special arrangements with their institutions, many interns receive college credit for their work as research assistants in the ADST Oral History and Publication Programs.
Our interns work on a variety of projects to aid in ADST’s mission. Past interns have: edited book manuscripts and oral histories, compiled histories for use in our Country Reader and Subject Reader series, helped at various ADST events, edited images for inclusion in book projects, and helped edit the ADST website.
Currently, interns are mining our extensive oral history collection for interesting stories that can be used as a Moment in U.S. Diplomatic History. Many of these have then been published on leading history websites or used as case studies at FSI.
At right: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with ADST interns Brenna Dougherty and Elizabeth Williams during a December 2013 book launch
Interns regularly sit-in on our interviews with former Foreign Service Officers and ambassadors, during which time they have the opportunity to speak candidly with the individual being interviewed. Recent interviewees have included John Beyerle, Ambassador to Russia, Skip Gnehm, Ambassador to Kuwait, and Daniel Kurzer, Ambassador to Egypt and Israel. Interns have the opportunity to attend special events at Brookings and other such organizations.
Because of our special relationship with the Foreign Service Institute, our interns have also had the opportunity to audit various courses FSI offers as well as meet with Department of State personnel representing numerous career tracks in both the Foreign and Civil Service.
How to Apply
We accept interns primarily during the summer and during the academic year, but special appointments during academic recesses may be considered. Although the positions are unpaid, we do offer a modest stipend to cover transportation costs.
Deadlines for applications are: early December for the Spring semester; mid-March for the Summer semester; and early August for the Fall semester.
And our interns do manage to have fun. Check out the Words of Wisdom from the Summer 2014 interns.
At left: Former ADST interns Alec Sorensen, Bob Patterson (both from Summer 2012) and Matt Longo (Spring 2013) meet former Secretary of State and gala dinner honoree James Baker, May 2014.
To apply for an internship with The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, please email Executive Director Judith Baroody with the following:
Please note that although ADST is an independent nonprofit organization, our offices are located on the Department of State NFATC /FSI campus. Accepted applicants will be required to submit to a federal “public trust” background investigation to receive clearance to enter State Department facilities.
If you have any questions about our internship program or its application process, please email Judith Baroody or call ADST at 703-302-6990.
Summer 2014 interns with Deputy Secretary Bill Burns
Spring 2016 interns with former Deputy Secretary and current Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott