Overseas Private Investment Corporation Office of External Affairs Internship in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Unpaid internships with OPIC are offered year round in Washington, D.C., and can last from 12 weeks to 12 months. Duties vary based on the department and/or office in which the intern is placed. OPIC's Internship Program offers valuable experience that contributes to educational and professional growth, and may be applied in any future employment endeavor, including federal, state and local governments or in the private sector.

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Under the guidance of an External Affairs officer, interns assist with planning and implementing events for foreign and U.S. dignitaries, and support OPIC's public affairs activities through research projects. Other duties include writing OPIC promotional materials, web content and case studies, and providing information about OPIC programs to the public. Interns may also assist in legislative activities of interest to the agency.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required
  • Must be currently enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment (at least part-time) in an accredited college or university
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited law school pursuing degrees in Government/Public Policy, Political Science, International Affairs, Communication/Marketing or Legislative Affairs, or enrolled in an MBA program with the same areas of academic study. Successful completion of a background investigation is also required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs is required, and proficiency in PowerPoint is preferred. Experience with social media platforms a plus. Good verbal and written communication skills are also required.


Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited law school pursuing degrees in Government/Public Policy, Political Science, International Affairs, Communication/Marketing or Legislative Affairs, or enrolled in an MBA program with the same areas of academic study.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility under this program. Applications of eligible students will be forwarded to the Department indicated on the letter of interest. A separate application should be submitted for each internship of interest.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this internship, you must submit a complete Application Package to interns@opic.gov with External Affairs in the subject line, which includes:

  1. Your Resume
  2. Your Unofficial Transcript
  3. OPIC Internship Letter of Interest (use the form found at https://www.opic.gov/who-we-are/careers/developmental-opportunities)
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How to Apply

Applicants for the OPIC Unpaid Student Volunteer (Internship) Program must submit a resume, unofficial transcript and a letter of interest to Interns@opic.gov with External Affairs in the subject line in order to be considered for placement. Incomplete packages or e-mails without the specific internship program name in the subject line will not be considered.

Please submit an application for each program of interest.

Applications are accepted year-round; however, if targeting a specific internship period, OPIC recommends submitting your application by the following dates:

  • Summer - Apply by March 1
  • Fall - Apply by July 1
  • Winter - Apply by November 1
  • Spring - Apply by January 1 For information on each Internship offered, please see: https://www.opic.gov/who-we-are/careers/developmental-opportunities

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Agency contact information
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Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1100 New York Ave. NW Washington, DC 20527 US

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Next steps

If you are selected for an interview for this internship, you will be contacted directly.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512261100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/03/2018 to 04/26/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Salary: $0 to $0 per year

Appointment type: Internships

Work schedule: Multiple Schedules