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, Paris or select offices in Washington, DC, or be a W&M student with an internship at another international embassy.
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 2022 Summer Student Internship Program will open sometime in August. Specific internship application information and forms can be found at the Department of State website.