International Relations Internships and Fellowships

Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: September 11, 2018


Embassies in Washington, D.C.

  • Spring 2019 Application Deadline: Varies according to specific embassy.

  • Most are Full Time

  • Most are Unpaid

Many embassies in Washington, D.C. offer internship opportunities. While interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, preference is often given to applicants with an academic background, speaking, or writing capabilities relevant to the nation the embassy represents. Here is a list of several embassies with internship programs and links to their program websites (not an all-inclusive list):

Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica (send the form to: embassy@costarica-embassy.org), Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Iraq, Ireland, Peru, The Philippines, Switzerland


The UN Refugee Agency

  • Spring 2019 Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

  • At least 20 hours per week

  • Unpaid

Qualifications vary by internship opportunity.

Summary: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. Since 1950, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.

UNHCR’s Regional Office, Washington offers unpaid internships within each of our six units - Caribbean, External Relations, Private-Sector Fundraising, Public Information, Resettlement, and U.S. Protection. These internships offer undergraduate, graduate and law students a dynamic opportunity to gain direct experience in working with UNHCR to promote and protect the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless individuals and others of concern across the globe.


The US-Asia Institute (USAI)

  • Spring 2019 Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

  • Full Time

  • Unpaid

USAI seeks highly motivated undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students with a strong interest in U.S.-Asia relations. They seek individuals possessing strong writing, organizational, and communication skills.

Summary: The US-Asia Institute (USAI) is a United Nations-associated non-governmental organization located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Our mission is to encourage dialogue and understanding between the people and governments of the United States and nations of Asia.

Since its inception in 1979, USAI has hosted an internship program for students who are interested in Asian affairs. The Institute selects two to four undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate students during the summer, winter/spring, and fall terms. The duration of the internship is approximately two to three months, with the possibility of extension. Internships are unpaid.

The USAI Internship Program gives students a unique opportunity for hands-on experience in the field of U.S.-Asian affairs. Throughout the internship, students will play an active role in organizing educational programming, overseas Congressional staff delegations, forums, receptions, and diplomatic off-the-record briefings. Students will also be expected to represent the Institute at Congressional hearings, think-tank briefings, and other networking events in the D.C. area.