Internship Program

Humphrey Fellows are professionals from around the world selected by the U.S. Department of State for their potential as leaders in public service to engage in a year of academic study and professional and cultural exchange.

During their Fellowship year, Humphrey Fellows take courses at BU, travel to conferences and workshops, meet with State Department and other officials, and undertake professional affiliations at institutions such as The World Bank and National Geographic.  Some Humphrey Alumni have become presidents and prime ministers of their respective countries.

BU is distinguished by its commitment to global education, its legacy of educating civil rights and other public service leaders, and its emphasis on practical engagement.  The Humphrey Fellowship Program internship invites highly motivated, resourceful, and creative students to participate in the administration of the Program.

Many interns work in general administration; others focus more on media production, public relations, and finance.  Several interns also serve as “ambassadors” to Humphrey Fellows, helping the Fellows with a wide range of challenges such as adjusting to life in the U.S., developing and implementing their professional development plans, finding things to do on weekends, and the like.  Several interns also contribute to “Our Global Villages”, a project in which we are developing an introductory, middle school-level curriculum in global studies based on photo essays produced by youth in Fellows’ home countries.

This is a rare opportunity to participate in one of the U.S. Department of State’s most prestigious international exchange programs—right here on campus.

We are looking for students who:
– Have good organizational skills;
– Understand basic professional protocols (e.g., answering emails within 24hrs in principle, etc.);
– Appreciate good writing and strive to write well themselves (and maybe write well already!);
– Have a strong interest in cross-cultural understanding and in global peace and security.

We are currently accepting applications for internship positions this summer and fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to us at