Students must first apply for a summer internship with the State Department. Upon submission, the Department of State makes an evaluation on the basis of the application, statement of interest, transcripts, foreign language ability when applicable, and completed academic studies relevant to the type of work each applicant hopes to perform. In order to be eligible for the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, you must be selected for an internship in the U.S. Embassy in London or Paris, or select offices in Washington, DC.
The Department of State forwards the list of qualifying candidates to William & Mary. W&M collaborates with the Harriman Fellowship Advisory Committee to review the pool of candidates. Approximately nine finalists are interviewed by the selection committee in Washington, DC, and notified of the committee's decision within twenty-four hours. Once security clearances are in place, the Harriman Fellows then commence their eleven weeks of service.
Upon completion of their service, Fellows are required to present a summary report to the Harriman Fellowship Advisory Committee in Washington, DC. To promote a deeper understanding of international relations, Fellows are encouraged to deliver a report to their college about their service experiences.
Applications for the State Department 2021 Summer Student Internship Program are now closed and will reopen in Fall 2021 for Summer 2022.