Internship Opportunities

An internship at ADST is an exciting opportunity to learn about U.S. diplomatic history and today’s Foreign Service.  ADST has the world’s largest collection of U.S. diplomatic oral history – and we’re still collecting!  From our offices on the grounds of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, interns work with oral history practitioners and Foreign Service Officers at all stages of their careers.  Interns contribute directly to our series Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History, conduct research projects, and attend seminars and presentations at the State Department and other locations around Washington, D.C.  We welcome students interested in international relations, history, politics, library science and many other fields.  We also welcome expertise in website maintenance and design, social media, and non-profit management.
 Spring 2018 Interns


ADST Spring 2018 Interns: (Left to Right)

This semester we welcome: Benjamin Bosland, majoring in International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs; Diana Castillo, majoring in Global Affairs at George Mason University; Tyler Ventura, majoring in Peace, War and Defense at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Neil Nabar, majoring in Government and International Affairs at George Mason University.

And big thanks also to our 2017-18 Virtual Student Interns:  Mark Bond (Indiana University), Anna Gudtafson (University of Hong Kong), Caroline Jok (George Washington University), Madison Locicero (Boston College)










More About Our Internships . . . 

Secretary Colin Powell with interns at the 2006 ADST gala dinner

At left:  Former Secretary Colin Powell with interns at an ADST gala dinner.


•  Our interns gain a better understanding of U.S. diplomacy, the inner workings of the Department of State, and the realities of Foreign Service life.  They also gain valuable contacts and work experience.

•  Through special arrangements with academic institutions, the majority of our interns receive college credit for their work.

•  Interns work on a wide variety of projects.  In addition to contributing to our series Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History, interns have helped edit book manuscripts and oral histories, contributed to our Country Reader and Subject Reader series, helped design and maintain our website, expanded our use of social media, helped organize Washington outreach through galas, book launches and other events, and conducted independent research.

•  Interns have significant interaction with Department of State personnel representing multiple career tracks in both the Foreign and Civil Service.  Interns also sit in on our interviews with retired Foreign Service Officers and ambassadors, and get an opportunity to speak candidly with them.

•  Because of our special relationship with the Foreign Service Institute, our interns have also had the opportunity to audit courses at FSI.

•  ADST is an independent, non-profit organization located at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, Virginia.



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 help cover transportation costs.

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

Deadlines for applications are:  March 31 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 please email Nathan Holt ([email protected]) or call ADST at 703-302-6990.

We look forward to hearing from you!