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 Foreign Service Institute/National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where ADST’s offices are is located.

Summer 2017 Interns



ADST Summer 2017 Interns: (first row left to right) Hasseb Zoury (UVa), Jenevieve Molenda (WVU), Jesse Berman (UVa), Nathan Coffman (Allegheny), David Lange (GWU);.(second row) Calvin McCarthy (UVa), Emily Sandercock (Arcadia), Jacob Borst (E. Michigan U.), Grace Kier (William & Mary), Madeline Doctor (Notre Dame.)









What is an Internship with ADST?

Secretary Colin Powell with interns at the 2006 ADST gala dinner

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.

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 during the summer and during the academic year. Special appointments during academic recesses may also be considered. Although the positions are unpaid, we do offer a modest stipend to cover transportation costs.

Virtual internships are also possible. Contact us for details below.

Deadlines for applications are: early December for the Spring semester; mid-March for the Summer semester; and mid-July for the Fall semester. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

To apply for an internship with The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, please email Executive Director Nathan Holt ([email protected]) with the following:

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. A 3-5 page writing sample

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 Nathan Holt ([email protected]) or call ADST at 703-302-6990.