Unlock Your Potential: Join the USAID Summer Pathways Student Trainee Program and Shape Global Change (paid internship for students in USA)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is offering a unique opportunity for students to participate in its Summer Internship Program from June 3, 2024, to August 30, 2024. This program, administered by the Office of Human Capitol and Talent Management (HCTM), is designed to provide interns with substantive work assignments, offering exposure to the benefits of a Federal career.

This job will close when we have received 300 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.


This internship opportunity is open to current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions, from high school to graduate level. All U.S. citizens who are accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis are encouraged to apply.

To maintain eligibility, applicants must remain enrolled in the degree program for the duration of the internship and maintain good academic standing (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate programs and a 3.0 GPA for graduate programs, on a 4.0 grading scale).

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns participating in the program can expect a variety of engaging responsibilities, including research projects, writing program memoranda, facilitating meetings or special events, performing analytical work, attending program discussions, and communicating on USAID program issues. Assignments may be administrative in nature, contributing to a well-rounded learning experience.

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Qualifications and Requirements

To be eligible for the internship, candidates must meet the following conditions:

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Enrolled in a qualifying academic program.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Must sign a Pathways agreement if selected.

Qualification levels (GS-4 to GS-7) are determined based on the level of education, with specific criteria outlined in the job listing. Additionally, proof of enrollment for the current or upcoming semester is required.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete the online application and submit the required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date, December 14, 2023. Applicants should ensure the inclusion of their resume, college transcript or acceptance letter, and any applicable veterans’ preference documentation.

The application process can be initiated through the USAJOBS portal.


This internship position may be eligible for remote work, based on the needs of the offices/missions as determined by USAID’s remote/telework policy. The salary range for the position is $38,317 – $53,105 per year.

Next Steps

Candidates who are referred to a hiring manager for further consideration will receive a notification. Due to the high volume of applications, individual inquiries about application status may not receive a response. Applicants can check their application status on the USAJOBS portal under the “My Account” tab.


The USAID Summer Internship Program offers a valuable opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a Federal agency dedicated to international development. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are enthusiastic about contributing to global initiatives, apply now and be part of USAID’s mission to make a positive impact on the world.

For further information, contact the USAID HR Help Desk at 202-712-1234 X2 or [email protected]ov

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