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The Diplomat in Residence Program

Each year, the Department of State assigns a select number of Senior Foreign Service Officers as Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) to university campuses to build awareness of Foreign Service careers. They may conduct research, teach, write, participate in conferences, serve as guest lecturers, and identify, counsel and mentor potential Foreign Service candidates. DIRs enhance the Department's ability to reach out to minorities and provide expertise in global issues. For the 2007/08 academic year, the Department will have DIRs assigned to 16 universities across the nation.

Howard's current DIR, Kathleen R. Davis, succeeded Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal who was in residence at Howard University 2005-2007.

The Department of State's Programs

Internships in the U.S. and Overseas

The State Department accepts Howard University students as interns and assigns them to exciting internship positions in Washington and abroad. Each year, the Department offers internships to qualified junior, senior, and graduate students. These internships are open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled at Howard University , and who will return to school immediately following the internship. About half of the Department's internships are in Washington , with the remainder at embassies and consulates overseas.

Students may apply to work at more than forty bureaus or offices at the Department in Washington for the fall semester, the spring semester and in the summer. Interns assigned to the Department of State in Washington learn first-hand about foreign affairs and are exposed to the challenging work of both the Foreign Service and the Civil Service.

The Overseas Internship program gives students the opportunity to work at an Embassy almost anywhere in the world. Many overseas internships stipulate rotation through two or more embassy/consulate sections, providing a broad overview of duties.

Because each intern must have a Department of State security clearance in order to work, the Deadlines for applying on-line for internships are as follows:

             Summer internships November 1 (for the following summer);

             Fall internships March 1 (fall of the same year);

             Spring internships July 1 (for the following spring).

The Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The US Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation sponsor the FAF program. The award includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and round-trip travel. The Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a highly selective national competition.  Sophomores and Seniors with a 3.2 GPA minimum, can apply for the undergraduate and graduate level programs.

Howard University Students have succeeded in winning several FAF's.

The deadline to apply is usually early February.  You can get more information about this prestigious fellowship at http://www.woodrow.org/public-policy

These are other interesting programs such as the:

  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Summer Clerical Employment Program
  • Fascell Fellowship Program
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program

For details or additional information please visit Diplomat-In-Residence Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal at the Ralph J. Bunche  International Affairs Center, or call her at 202-806-5904


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