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Applying for an IWP Internship

Interns visiting the Diplomatic Security Service

Who may apply

Qualified applicants to the IWP Internship should be college students or recent graduates in good academic standing from an accredited institution. The internship is open to rising juniors and seniors and recent graduates. In addition, applicants must have taken introductory studies in history, political science, international affairs, or economics, and demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing graduate studies and/or a career in national security, intelligence, or international affairs. IWP Internships are very competitive, and we accept a limited number of applicants each semester. This internship is unmatched in its opportunity for undergraduates to gain invaluable knowledge and experience as well as open significant doors for their future careers.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required of all applicants interested in IWP’s internship program. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are finding it difficult to meet one of the requirements listed below, please contact

Please submit your application and all related materials via email to Melissa Juarbe-Pratt at

  • Completed and signed application and questionnaire:
    Download file Internship Application and Questionnaire
  • 1-2 page Resume
  • Academic Transcripts (Unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Essay on professional and educational goals (typewritten, 500 words)
  • 3-5 page writing sample on a topic related to international affairs, national security, or intelligence
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport (for non-U.S. citizens only)

Application & Program Dates

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer and Fall 2024 semesters. The dates for the internship programs follow the IWP academic calendar.

Summer 2024
The Summer 2024 internship begins on May 6 and ends on August 22, 2024.
All materials for the Summer 2024 internship must be received no later than March 12, 2024.

Fall 2024
The Fall 2024 internship begins on September 3 and ends on December 13, 2024.
All materials for the Fall 2024 internship must be received no later than June 10, 2024.

Spring 2025
Program dates and deadlines coming soon.

Internship Program Housing Information