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Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
July 26, 2022

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Internship Opportunity



Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Foreign Agricultural Service
Location U.S. Embassy – Foreign Agricultural Service
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. Embassy in Berlin is seeking a Volunteer Foreign National Student Intern for the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

This internship is offered year round; the starting date will be discussed during the interview, while it is also dependent on passing the Background Check, which can take up to 3 months.


The FAS Intern Program is designed for students who are at least 18 years of age, are currently enrolled in an accredited university and seeking internship with U.S. Embassy, Berlin. The FAS Intern Program is a year-round program on a three months basis with a flexible starting date. The purpose of the program is to offer students the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. This internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.  The intern will receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship.

Students may be assigned to duties that include trade assistance, administrative duties, budget and fiscal duties, business correspondence, information systems, trade leads, trade facilitation, agricultural research and analysis of international issues, marketing, and public affairs outreach.


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 German university in the area of: Agriculture, Economics, Marketing, American Studies or similar is required.

EXPERIENCE: No experience required, however, public sector and customer service experience a plus.

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

KNOWLEDGE: Must possess knowledge of general office practices and procedures.


  • Basic ability to use Windows-based computer programs is required
  • Must be able to organize and set priorities in work assignments and work independently with a minimum of supervision.


  • 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), proof of enrollment in a German University or College, and proof of citizenship).
  • Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
  • 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.
  • The student must be enrolled with a German health carrier.
  • 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: www.careers.state.gov
  • How To Apply: Interested applicants for this position must submit their application, including a cover letter, resume, proof of citizenship, 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.