Summer internships at USAID

The application for paid summer internships at the United States Agency for International Development is now open. The information in this post was taken from the USAID student employment website.

There are two types of paid internships:

  • SCEP – this component offers you valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment from you, your school, and the employing Federal agency. You may be eligible for permanent employment conversion under this program after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.
  • STEP – this component offers temporary employment that will enable you to earn a salary while continuing your studies. Appointments to jobs under this program can range from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as you are a student. An agency, at their discretion, may establish academic and job performance standards that students must meet to continue in the program. There is no permanent employment conversion element under this program.

The basic qualifying factors to be eligible to participate in this program are:

  • U.S. Citizenship (does not include “permanent resident”)
  • Current Enrollment in an accredited college or university;
  • In good academic standing with an accredited institution
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0
  • A transcript indicating a student’s major and GPA.
    • (An unofficial transcript is acceptable during the application process; however an official transcript must be submitted upon hire.)

We will be accepting applications for Summer 2011 Paid Student Internship Program with USAID from November 24, 2010 – December 17, 2010. Students tentatively selected for the internship program must undergo a background investigation and receive a security clearance. The clearance process takes approximately 90-120 days to complete from the time the forms are received by our Office of Security. Failure to obtain a security clearance will preclude candidates from obtaining an internship.

Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to respond to all of the applicants individually. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

For more information about student internships and fellowships and to apply, visit: