- Can I find out about the experiences of some students who participated in the programs?
We have profiled some students who participated in the Department of State's Student Programs. Each of their experiences is as unique as the individuals themselves.
- Can I participate in a Student Program if I am not a U.S. Citizen?
The Department of State Student Programs are for students who are U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens may apply for the programs that are made available through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), at exchanges.state.gov.
- I am not sure which Student Program is right for me. How can I decide?
We have developed a questionnaire to help you match your interests and goals to the ideal programs, internships, or fellowships for you.
- What happened to the SCEP (previously known as the Cooperative Education Program)?
Effective July 10, 2012, the U.S. Department of State launched the implementation of the new Pathways Internship Program, a paid internship program designed to replace the former Summer Clerical, Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
- What happened to the Spring, Summer, Fall Student Internship Program?
The U.S. Department of State Unpaid Student Internship Program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices spread around the United States.
- What happened with the Career Entry Program (CEP)?
The President's recent Executive Order rescinded and revoked the Federal Career Intern Program (at the Department of State, we called it the Career Entry Program, aka CEP). It will be superceded by a new program. Details should be available sometime next year. At this time, we do not know if the new program will be advertised on various Federal agency websites, or directly through OPM. We suggest that you check the OPM website www.opm.gov from time to time for updates on the new program.
- What is the Pathways Program for Students?
Pathways Program: includes three paid Civil Service internship programs located in Washington, D.C.
- Who are the Diplomats in Residence? What do they do?
Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States.