Public Diplomacy Internship Program

Ambassador Andrew Young with a local intern
Ambassador Andrew Young with a local intern

The Public Diplomacy (PD) Section of the U.S. Embassy has launched an Internship Program and recruits interns to serve six months in PD and other sections of the Embassy. This Unpaid Internship is open to Students from Public and Private Universities and Educational or vocational institutes in Burkina Faso.

Any student in the following field can apply:

  • English
  • Communication/Media
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Sociology
  • Project Management
  • Library/Documentation
  • HR
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Logistics & Transport
  • Information Technology
  • Politics/Law
  • Police
  • Army

Students must be 20 to 29 years of age and willing to work full time from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays. Applications should include the filled application form, a resume, a short essay of 200 words in English stating your interest and objectives, a recent ID picture and copies of work certificates or attestations, a copy of degree/diploma and a copy of the receipt of your registration as student. The program is advertised for two weeks.

Applications should be sent by email at

Eligibility Criteria:

Students who are Burkinabe citizens, or any non-host country foreign nationals who are legal resident students, are eligible for the Internship Program. Non-host country foreign nationals are required to submit documentation that proves their legal resident status.

Potential candidates must be students enrolled for the academic year.

 Minimum Age:

The Internship Program applicants must be 20 to 29 years of age at the time of their appointment.


The student must demonstrate their ability to accomplish the type of work they will be assigned.


The student will be required to receive security certifications between their selection for the Program, and their start date for work.

What to know before you begin:

  • There will be no compensation.
  • This is not an offer of U.S. Government employment.
  • There will be no benefits such as leave accrual, health insurance, or allowance.

Steps to Complete

Submit all documents, including any certifications, licenses, and proficiency prior to the application closing date as required to:

Be available to interview when/if called. English skills will be tested as part of the interview process. If selected, you must be available for security certification.