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Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – General Service Office (GSO), Procurement
May 7, 2021

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Internship Opportunity



Date: 2020

Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Procurement (GSO)
Location U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt am Main – General Service Office (GSO), Procurement
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 Procurement Section of the General Service Office.

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


The incumbent will complete a variety of procurement related tasks and will work on several projects simultaneously. As such, he/she will be tasked with: conducting a vendor market analysis to evaluate sourcing strategies; conducting a sectorial spend analysis; performing market and information research to procure goods and services; general administrative work; and other related duties as assigned


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: business administration/economics with focus on procurement/supply chain management/logistics or related fields is preferred. All fields of study welcome to apply.

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

LANGUAGE: Level III (good working knowledge) English language skills and Level IV German (fluent) are required.

KNOWLEDGE: General computer knowledge essential with strong familiarity in MS office suite applications, especially Excel.

SKILLS, ABILITIES: Strong customer service and interpersonal skills desired.



  • 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).
  • 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 selected must pass a Medical Check.
  • 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.