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The Embassy of Canada in Washington, International Learning Opportunities

Applications are being accepted for internships at Canada’s embassy in Washington.

Sep 23, 2019

This program at the embassy in Washington provides students with a unique chance to be involved in foreign affairs and develop an understanding of the Canada–U.S. bilateral relationship. Participating students are provided a valuable educational experience which cultivates skills and knowledge primarily for their benefit. They are assigned challenging projects related to their program of study, allowing them to put into practice the theoretical lessons learned in the classroom.

The application process is now open for the session, scheduled tentatively to run from January 13th until early May (the end date can be flexible). The deadline for students to submit their application is 11:59PM ET on Tuesday, October 1st. Late applications will be accepted after the deadline, however students should note that not all positions may still be available by the time they apply.

For further information regarding the internship program please review the Emabassy of Canada Washington, DC Internship Program PDF, which includes the application website and detailed descriptions for each of the positions offered. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a program of study at a university or college in Canada or the United States, be recognized as having full-time student status by their academic institution during the full period of the internship, and receive academic credit for the internship as part of their program of study.

This is an unpaid internship and unfortunately there is also no stipend/grant available. Due to the constraints of the U.S. visa system and the status as a diplomatic mission, the embassy is not eligible to apply for temporary paid worker visas, and therefore can only provide unpaid short-term training as is permitted under the visa waiver program. Students looking for paid opportunities with Global Affairs Canada can apply to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

Please contact Stephen Elliot, Internship Coordinator at the Embassy of Canada ( for further information about the program.

Please note there are funding opportunities to support this type of activity that students can apply to both university-wide and within our Faculty.