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Foreign National Student Intern Program

U.S. Embassy, Seoul

What It Is

The Foreign National Student Intern Program is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with U.S. Missions abroad. The program benefits both posts and students by providing the foreign national students with valuable educational experience in U.S. Missions and by assisting posts in accomplishing their mission goals. The purpose of the Foreign National Student Intern Program is to offer students the challenge of working in a foreign affairs arena and at the same time profit by their assistance. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights. The program is open to all students and provides the opportunity to work for a short period (not more than nine months) in the Embassy to gain experience in various areas of foreign policy and management.

Who We Are

The U. S. Embassy in Seoul is comprised of various U.S. Government agencies. The Department of State, the primary presence at the Embassy, is the official international relations arm of the President of the United States. The Department is responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens abroad and managing the human and material resources that provide the platform for U.S. foreign policy. Members of the Department's Foreign Service and Civil Service are engaged in issues such as conflict resolution, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights and democracy, environmental issues, world trade, public diplomacy, and the promotion of the interests of Americans and their businesses abroad. Department of State employees are also involved in support and management issues -- improving logistical systems to get the best possible value for tax dollars. From time to time, a limited number of positions may become available for student interns who will work with Department of State (DOS), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) offices in the Embassy.

Program Requirements

The Student Intern is Not Considered a Federal Employee

A student participating under this program is not considered to be a Federal employee of the U.S. Embassy for any purpose other than injury compensation or laws related to the Tort Claims Act.

No Compensation

No compensation or benefits are offered in connection with program. Performance evaluation report will be provided at the end of their internship, if the interns request.

No Creditable Service

Participation and service in the Foreign National Student Intern Program is


creditable for leave accrual or any other employee type benefits.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria in General

Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Korea are eligible for the intern program, including any non-host country foreign nationals who are legal resident students of the host country, 18 years of age, and who are enrolled in a university, college, or junior college of not less than half-time. Non-host country foreign nationals are required to submit the same documentation as the other applicants, plus documentation proving legal resident status.

Definition of Student

Eligible students must also meet the definition of a student, pursuant to Title 5 USC 3111, as follows:

"3111. For the purpose of this section, 'student' means an individual who is enrolled, not less than half-time, in a high school,* trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university or comparable recognized educational institution. An individual who is a student is deemed not to have ceased to be a student during an interim between school years if the interim is not more than 5 months and if such individual shows to the satisfaction of the Embassy that the individual has a bona fide intention of continuing to pursue a course of study or training in the same or different educational institution during the school semester (or other period into which the school year is divided) immediately after the interim."

*NOTE: All Foreign National Student Intern Program applicants must have graduated from high school or equivalent secondary school prior to beginning their internship.

Minimum Age

The intern program applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.


The student must have demonstrated potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed, as demonstrated by transcripts and/or courses taken.

Transcript and Permission

The student must be in good academic standing at his or her current educational institution and provide a certified transcript to verify it, and must provide written permission from the educational institution in which the student is enrolled to participate in the Foreign National Student Intern Program.


The student must receive a security certification and a medical certification once selected for the program and before starting to work. The selected applicant is responsible for obtaining the medical certification.

Medical Insurance

The student must be covered under the ROKG’s Health Insurance Program on his/her own.

Types of Assignments

Interns can be assigned duties that may include research, economic and political report writing, correspondence, information systems, analysis of international issues, consular work, administrative duties, property management, procurement, financial management, and personnel management.

Selection Process

  1. Once the applications are collected, each employing section reviews them.

  2. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews by the Embassy.

  3. Once all personnel procedures are completed, then preliminary selection(s) are made, the Human Resources Office will send an official letter extending an offer to participate in the program to all those selected. This letter will include information on the position, the dates of the program (will be arranged between the student and the employing section) and the work location.

  4. Selected candidate will be required to bring medical certification.

  5. Final selection is contingent on passing medical and security checks.

* The U.S. Mission is committed to fair and equitable treatment for all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

How to Apply

Interested students for this program must submit the following no later than October 14, 2016:

  1. Application

NOTE: The section and the position applying for should be clearly stated: See attached “Current Internship Openings-2016_winter”

  1. Student Statement of Interest

  2. Letter of Permission

  3. Certificate of Studentship (Optional)

  4. Academic Record (Optional)

Completed applications should be sent to the U.S. Embassy Human Resources Office.

Application will not be considered without full submission of documents:

Mail: U.S. Embassy

ATTN: Human Resources Office (FNSIP)

188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu

Seoul 03141 Koera

Fax: 82-2-397-4107
Attachment: Current Internship Openings – 2016_winter

Current Internship Openings – Winter 2016

English Enrichment Program (EEP) – 1 Position

Position Description
Perform various administrative projects in support of English conversation coursework, including:  maintaining and expanding learning website and researching authentic learning activities (i.e., news articles, short video clips, songs) to enhance English learning and cultural experiences of locally-employed Korean staff.  Particularly qualified candidates may, at times, teach entire lessons to students.
Required Qualification

  • Academic Major:  Any area of study

  • Academic Year:  2nd year students and above

  • Recommended Experience:  Students who attended high school in the US or an American High School overseas or students who demonstrate a high-level of spoken English fluency will be considered first.

  • Period of Internship:  Approximately 120 days.  From January through April.  Approximately 15 hours per week (to be arranged between the intern and the English Enrichment Program).

Consular Office (CONS)

Fraud Prevention Unit (CONS/FPU) - 1 position

Position Description
Perform research and provide reports on Korean government, universities/colleges, and businesses. Assist in validation studies by analyzing data.  Assist in consular fraud prevention outreach efforts including social media messaging.  Perform case specific research, as assigned.  Applicant should have excellent English and computer skills.
Required Qualification

  • Academic Major & Year: University student in 3rd or 4th year studying any major, but students in international affairs or law, preferred.

  • Period of internship: two months or longer


      The exact internship period and the hours per week will be arranged between the intern and the Consular Section.

  • Required language skills: Fluent reading/writing/speaking in English and Korean

Public Affairs

Information Office (PA/IO) - Embassy Design Center – 2 positions (to be filled year-round, at 2 to 6-month intervals, if possible)

Position Descriptions
The intern will assist in all operations of Embassy Design Center.  Activities include: designing mission graphic arts such as producing posters, banners, brochures, name cards, menu cards, reports, pamphlets, booklets and maps.  In addition, the intern will perform photo taking at the Embassy official reception.  We prefer an intern who can commit to a minimum of four months.
Required Qualifications

  • Academic Major/Skills Required:  Any area of study, but preferences to those with Computer Graphics or Printing skills.  Experience in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-Design and MS-Office: Excel is highly desirable.  Experience on the MAC versions of these software modes also a plus. Good Photo taking skill is recommended.

  • English: Fluency in English is highly recommended.

  • Academic Year:  3rd year students and beyond.

  • Period of Internship:  Open year-round for periods of 60 to 180 days with the exact period and hours arranged between the intern and IO. 

Public Affairs/American Center Korea (ACK) - 5 positions, available year-round

The American Center Korea (ACK) is the U.S. Embassy’s reference and research provider. We deliver information about the U.S. policy and society to the Korean people. Our goal is to provide specialized, accurate and authoritative information about the United States to Korean institutions and professionals. Materials in the ACK cover key subjects about the United States: its government, economy, society, culture and people.

*General Requirements:

Academic Major

: Undergraduate or graduate students in any areas of study.

Academic Year

: Open to all interested candidates.

Period of internship

: Open year-round for periods of 60-270 days; 40 hours per week. The exact internship periods will be arranged between the intern and the ACK staff, and interns who are able to serve longer periods will be viewed favorably.

  1. ACK Program and Library Support Intern (1 position)

The American Center Korea (ACK) is the U.S. Embassy’s primary reference and research provider, delivering information about U.S. policy and society to the Korean people. The ACK delivers key messages through various programs, presentations, and library materials as well as via the Embassy website. Interns should enjoy program planning, web research, group and individual projects, making presentations, and meeting new people at American Center programs. Interns assist all aspects of ACK outreach programs, reference services, library circulation, and program activities. Interns should have strong organizational skills and enjoy working with people.

* Special preference:

Special preference will be given to those with strong research and computer skills, and students who are majoring in library and information science, or web related fields. Fluency in English is desired.

  1. Web/Social Media Site Support Intern (1 position)

The American Center Korea (ACK) manages the U.S. Embassy official website and ACK Social Media Sites such as Facebook and blog. Interns will assist general maintenance of the Embassy web site and ACK SNS sites. Interns will help compile new content for the Embassy Kids site and Info-PediaUSA site, and conduct research on how U.S. Embassy websites could be enhanced for delivering information about the United States effectively. Interns should be flexible, creative and energetic. Interns will also assist with ACK programs, outreach, research, and special projects. Intern will work closely with the ACK staff on various projects as well. Prior website experience is not required. Websites include:

U.S. Embassy official website (

Facebook (

Blog (

Embassy Kids (

Info-PediaUSA (

* Special preference:

Special preference will be given to those students who have past experience and/or strong interest in social media, web design, photography and shooting videos.

  1. ACK Design and Multi-Media Support Intern (1 position)

The American Center Korea (ACK) produces program posters and multimedia files from ACK programs in order to promote public outreach activities. Interns will help to create youth-oriented posters, and will manage multimedia audio-visual clips. Prior audio-visual experience is not required. Interns will also assist with ACK programs, outreach, research, and special projects. Interns will work closely with ACK staff on outreach using multimedia products.

* Special preference:

Special preference will be given to those students who have past experience and/or a strong interest in multimedia production, movie making, or photography.

  1. Student Group Management Support Intern (1 position)

The American Center Korea (ACK) organizes and maintains Youth Coordinators (YC), a University volunteers group at the U.S. Embassy Seoul. So as to successfully carry out the duties, such skills as management, organization, coordination and leadership are required. Intern will work under ACK staff’s supervision. Prior management experience is not necessary. Intern will also participate in a variety of YC programs and meetings to manage the whole group.

  1. ACK Maker Space Intern (1 position)

The American Center Korea (ACK) has a Makerspace (any area where people gather to make and create), where we have various workshops such as Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) and Art-Tech (Art & technology) programs 2-3 days per week.
Makerspace tools include:

  • CNC Cutter

  • Laser Cutter

  • 3D Printer

  • Vinyl Cutter

  • iPad and more

Interns will help with equipment inventory, workshops, and will need to create 3D models using the 3D printer and the laser cutter as needed.

* Special preference:

Special preference will be given to those students who can handle the majority of the IT/technical equipment (CNC cutter, Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, Vinyl Cutter, and iPad). Since we hold a number of events using the IT equipment, we would prefer students who could at least handle both the 3D Printer and the 3D Modeling Program.

Makerspace Resources:


Fab Lab:


Office of Exchanges & Alumni - 3 positions

Position Description
The Office of Exchanges & Alumni works with U.S. Government funded exchange programs as well as English language programs that encourage cultural/educational exchange and leadership development for students and professionals.  We also engage and mobilize the alumni from these groups to foster the people-to-people ties that are essential to the bilateral relationship.  Our alumni programs include leadership and mentoring programs for young exchange alumni and university students, a substantial number of which take place in regional areas.  As an intern, you will assist in in a number of tasks for regular programming and major events.  The following is a comprehensive, but not an exhaustive list of your major responsibilities:  Serving alumni leadership or mentoring programs as administrative assistants; taking pictures and photo editing of events and programs; correspondence with exchange participants, English language educators, alumni, and various Embassy contacts; administrative tasks; research; and occasional translation/editing and data entry.   We value your professional development, so your time with us will include mentoring and specialized training to develop your skill sets for the workplace.
Required Qualification

  • Good oral and written communication skills especially in Korean, but a high level of fluency in both Korean and English are essential. 

  • Applicants must be entering into their 3rd or 4th year of university. 

  • General knowledge of Microsoft Office, photo editing software, and social networking apps is a plus.

  • Academic Major:

  • Exchange and Alumni programs (2 positions): any area of study

  • English language programs (1 position):  any area of study, however, English education majors preferred

  • Length/period of Internship: 6 months, 40 hours a week.  The exact internship period may be flexible and the hours per week will be arranged between the intern and the Exchanges and Alumni office.

Protocol – 1 position

Position Descriptions
Assists Front Office’s Holiday gratuities project. Assists in arranging AMB and DCM hosted events by extending invitation cards and making telephone calls to high level guests such as ROKG officials, National Assemblymen, Professors, Business CEOs, etc.  Assists in updating contact list and organizational database, and other tasks as assigned.
Required Qualification

  • Academic Major: Any area of study

  • Academic Year: 3 and 4th year students

  • Period of Internship: 2-4 months

Consulate-BUSAN - Political/Economic/Public Diplomacy Intern (1 position)

Position Descriptions
This position is located at the U.S. Consulate in Busan, Korea (  All applications are welcome, but applicants should expect to regularly commute to the Consulate during the course of the internship. Research political, economic, and commercial issues in the Consulate district.  Support external Consulate events and reporting trips, serving as notetaker for meetings.  Draft public remarks for the Consul in Korean and/or English.  Design and develop Consulate media materials.  Assist in website administration, updating the Consulate’s contact list and other tasks, as assigned.  Support external Consulate events as needed.  Learn professional protocol practices and office operation planning.  Internet research and report-writing skills preferred. 
Required Qualifications

  • Academic Major: All majors accepted

  • Academic Year: 1st to 4th year students

  • Period of Internship: 2-6 months, 8-40 hours a week. The exact internship period will be arranged between the intern and the Consulate.

DHS-CBP - 1 Position

Position Description

The subject selected for the position will work directly for the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Attaché Office.  CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S., while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.  As the world's first full-service border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.  The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.  CBP safeguards America's borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation's global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.  We encourage applications from individuals with an inherent interest in international travel and trade.  Duties will also include providing translation and/or interpretation during various verbal and written settings. 

Required Qualifications

  • Academic Major Preference: Criminal Justice, Government, History, International Business, International Relations, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Travel & Tourism and will consider other areas of study.


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