Our U.S. Student Internship Program

Intern Group at Ramstein Airbase

The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt offers a unique view into the Foreign Service as the largest U.S. consulate and the fifth largest diplomatic post.  It is home to numerous U.S. Government agencies and offices which provide regional support for many bureaus.  The student internship program is designed to be an immersive experience that offers students the ability to be innovative and to enhance their understanding of diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy.  We regularly offer internships in our Public Affairs, Political/Economic, Consular, and Management sections, along with the Executive Office.  The major goals of the internship include professional development and realistic expectations of life in the Foreign Service.  Interns work alongside Foreign Service Officers who serve as mentors and supervisors, providing interns with real advice and meaningful tasks and projects that contribute to the section.  Interns also develop technical skills, whether it is research and speech writing, or creating seminar presentations and social media posts.  Additionally, interns have the opportunity to travel and immerse themselves in Germany, a wonderful host country and strong partner.  The Frankfurt Consulate General also provides interns with a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment at no cost.

What the Intern Professional Development Program offers:

  • Mentorship opportunities and shadowing various departments
  • Professional development events – guest speaker brown bag lunches, briefings, and workshops
  • Intern field trips and off-site Public Affairs, Executive, or Political/Economic events
  • Attendance at official Consulate events, receptions, and ceremonies
  • Networking with peers who share similar interests and career goals

Examples from previous intern cycles:

  • Shadow Consular for a day in fingerprinting, Visa application interviews, and more
  • Field trips to U.S. Air Force Base in Ramstein and U.S. Army Base in Wiesbaden
  • Brown bag lunches with different federal agencies such as USAID and Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Advice on how to prepare for the Foreign Service Officer Test with Political and Economic FSOs
  • Presenting with Public Affairs at events for German-American student exchange programs
  • Organizing and presenting a Consulate orientation for seasonal hires

Examples of social events interns have arranged/been invited to:

  • Watching sports games together in pubs or at stadiums
  • Exploring restaurants, karaoke, and improv comedy in downtown Frankfurt
  • Attending festivals and sightseeing together in Frankfurt/Wiesbaden/Mainz
  • Community organized events i.e. holiday parties, trivia nights, bingo nights, and more

The U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt wants the best interns to come work with us. Join the team!

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