News: U.S. Department of State Paid Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) - $26K to $37K

May 30, 2017 - 9:45am

The U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program in Washington, D.C. will accept a limited number of applications from candidates nationwide.  The application window is very brief – May 26th (today) until June 2nd.  And, the application window will close as soon as the maximum number of 100 apps are submitted nationwide.  So, it would benefit any interested Bruin to apply as soon as possible.   As of 12:00PM on May 26th, all positions are accepting applications.


Compensation for this full-time assignment is approximately $26,000 to $37,000 / Per Year, and accepted candidates are eligible for a conversion to permanent full-time positions.  The GPA requirement is 2.0 or above, which may be ideal for hard-working Bruins who are succeeding in an exceptionally tough field of study.

Here is key information and an example internship description.  




Public Affairs
(Student Trainee)



Program Analyst
(Student Trainee)




Who May Apply

U.S. Citizens who are Students Accepted for Enrollment During the Current or Next Upcoming Semester in a Degree-seeking Program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an Accredited/Qualifying Educational Institution, on a Full or Half-time Basis with a projected graduation date on or after Fall 2018.


Example Internship Description (from USAJOBS)
This vacancy announcement will be open from May 26, 2017 to June 2, 2017 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student's academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. 

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

Example Duties

  • The White House Liaison (M/WHL) advises, assists, and facilitates all non-career appointments within the Department, including Presidential Appointees requiring Senate confirmation (PAS), Senior Executive Service (SES), and Schedule C employees. M/WHL staff coordinates between the Department and the White House on the selection and appointment of all boards, commissions, Presidential delegations, and conferences.

    As a Public Affairs Trainee, you will:

    • Perform specific tasks in support of the presentation and dissemination of a variety of program-related information to a range of interested audiences.

    • Compile various information and data as directed, for use by higher-graded specialists in producing public affairs materials.

    • Provide routine program information to visitors.

    • Accomplish routine clerical support tasks within the office.

    • Search database(s) to provide simple, factual information in response to general inquiries regarding agency programs.

    • Perform all other duties as assigned.