U.S. Agency for International Development Internships
USAID is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
This Is USAID
The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world — and shows the world our true character as a nation.
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals.
USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order.
Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:
- economic growth, agriculture and trade;
- global health; and,
- democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
We provide assistance in five regions of the world:
- Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Latin America and the Caribbean,
- Europe and Eurasia; and
- The Middle East.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID’s strength is its field offices around the world. We work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
For more information on our business and procurement opportunities, please visit our Business section. If you would like to know more about employment opportunities with USAID, please visit our Careers section of our web site.
Volunteer Student Interns
The basic qualifying factors to be eligible to participate in this program are:
- U.S. Citizenship
- Current Enrollment in a College or University;
- A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
Volunteer Student Intern vacancies are posted on this site when opportunities are available. Please review the vacancies along with additional qualifications and apply to any that interest you by e-mailing the contact person(s) listed. Send a resume, cover letter of your interest and possible dates of involvement.
NOTICE: Student vacancies are advertised as they become available. If no vacancies are listed, then there are no vacancies. Please continue to check the website for open vacancies.
Internships in Regional Bureaus
Europe & Eurasia: For more information on paid internships with USAID’s Europe and Eurasia Bureau, please visit this link.
For more information on summer internships in USAID’s missions in Africa, please visit the Summer 2004 Internships page. Applicants to this program must be students and hold U.S. citizenship. Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2004 Internships. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2004.
Internships in the Office of Conflict Management & Mitigation
The Office of Conflict Management & Mitigation is recruiting for the summer of 2008. Internship Information
Internships in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
The Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs is currently seeking volunteer student interns for Spring 2008, Summer 2008, and Fall 2008.
Internships in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
The Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) is interested in an Outreach Intern.
Internships in the Office of the General Counsel
General Counsel: Information on legal internships for law students is available at the Legal Internships page