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Volunteer Foreign National Internship – Political Affairs (POL)
May 7, 2021

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Volunteer Foreign National Internship



Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Political Affairs
Location U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt am Main – Political/Economic Office
Open To German & EU Nationals, and Nationals of EFTA Member States, who are currently enrolled in a German university
Salary Unpaid – Gratuitous Service
Work Hours Schedule to be determined on individual basis, preferably 40 hours per week
Minimum duration 70 calendar days
Maximum duration 90 calendar days
Security Requirement Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security certification


The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt am Main is seeking a Volunteer Foreign National Student Intern for the Political/Economic section.

This internship is offered year-round in line with the semester schedule. Fall, spring, and summer openings are available; the specific start date will be discussed during the interview and is also dependent upon passing the Background Check, which can take up to three months.


The Political Affairs Intern will assist in the monitoring and reporting of political events in southwest Germany and their impact on U.S.-German relations. Job duties will include drafting and editing reports as well as researching various topics related to the U.S.-German transatlantic relationship.  The intern will work alongside German and American political experts and will support meetings, conferences, and educational events related to political developments in Hessen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Saarland. Other duties include collecting information for internal publications, data visualization, and supporting Consulate-hosted events and meetings with the Consul General. The intern may escort official visitors and accompany officers to outside meetings with German interlocutors.



Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in determination that the applicant is not qualified.

EDUCATION: Present enrollment in a university or vocational training school.  Course of study relating to political science, international relations, or related field preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in a professional environment (previous internship or clerical work) is required.

LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) German language skills and Level IV English (fluent) are required.


  • Previous knowledge of and interest in German-U.S. relations, domestic German political issues, and contemporary political events.


  • Multimedia research skills to prepare internal publications, compile biographies, and assist in organizing external events or appointments.
  • Strong computer skills – proficiency in Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, and POWER POINT).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative.
  • Ability to represent the U.S. Consulate at public events in an enthusiastic and professional manner.


  • Application language is English. Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application (cover letter, resume (in English), and proof of enrolment in a Germany University or College).
  • The U.S. Mission in Germany does not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.
  • The internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.
  • Students selected must pass a background check and receive a security certification from the Embassy before commencement of the internship. The security check can take up to three months and will require a personal interview with the security department of the Embassy.

Students with dual citizenship (US-German, US-EU/EFTA) are eligible for the Foreign National Internship Program.

  • Eligibility Requirements: The U.S. Mission in Germany will only accept applications from non-U.S. citizen students for this internship program. The purpose of the Volunteer National Student Intern Program is to offer students enrolled in a German university/higher institute of learning the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. U.S. citizen students apply directly to the U.S. Department of State: careers.state.gov

How To Apply: Interested applicants for this position must submit their application, including a cover letter, resume and proof of enrollment (the DS-0174 is not needed) and send the documents to: Employment-Germany@State.gov

The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.