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The School of Diplomacy works with students to tailor internship experiences and career development advisement to individual interests and career goals.

Students from around the world choose Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations for its distinguished academic curriculum and its outstanding career network. The Office of Internships and Career Development in collaboration with the Office of Professional Services at the School of Diplomacy works with students to strategically align academic and real-world experience with career goals. If your organization is interested in learning more about hosting a School of Diplomacy student intern, or recruiting on our campus, contact us at diplomat@shu.edu.

Learning to Lead

Internships and professional development are integral components of the Diplomacy School’s educational experience. Internships provide students with the hands-on opportunity to apply the theory and concepts learned in class to the actual events and processes of international affairs. Our proximity to New York, presence in Washington, D.C., and our relationships with the United Nations and the UN community, businesses, and NGO's offer unparalleled opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their field of interest. 

To read firsthand student reflections on their internship experiences, visit our Practicing Diplomacy blog »

The School's Semester in Washington, D.C. program allows students to participate in internships while completing Diplomacy classes in Washington, D.C. at the UN Foundation, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, steps away from the White House. Students maintain full-time student status and their eligibility for Seton Hall University student scholarships and loan assistance. The D.C. internships expose students to the workings of government, think tanks, embassies, offices of U.S. Congressmen and Senators, and non-governmental organizations that are unique to the U.S. capital. Undergraduate student Lucas Della Ventura says, "Coming to Washington, D.C., has been one of the best decisions of my life. Having class with professor Catharin Dalpino, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, has been great. It doesn't feel like a class, it feels like an apprenticeship. Her insider knowledge, experience and candor have helped all of my classmates and I understand the D.C. political environment." For more information on the School of Diplomacy Semester in Washington, D.C. program, click here »

Students explore internships globally to gain valuable experience in federal government, public policy institutes, international development and humanitarian aid, human rights, and private enterprise. Scholarship funds are available, and have been awarded to support internship expenses in Washington, D.C., Peru, South Korea, Cameroon and more.

"The impact of increasing global insecurity due to factors such as climate change, poor access to food and shelter in the developing world, and political unrest --just to name a few areas --requires a broad set of skills that I honed as a student," observes graduate alumna Anca DiGiacomo. "My internship at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs allowed me to use my knowledge about these issues, as well as to expand my comprehension of international relations, as it relates to real situations in real time."

Undergraduate alumna Grace Chung interned at the foreign desk of McClatchy newspapers in Washington, D.C. "Where else could an undergraduate get a press pass, the chance to regularly attend congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, and the opportunity to write stories about controversial issues like the release of Guantanamo detainees?" Grace asks.

The Office of Internships and Career Development at the School of Diplomacy works with students to tailor the internship experience to address individual interests and career development goals. Among the varied international businesses, government agencies, and organizations that have recently hosted our graduate and undergraduate interns are:

  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • BBC News
  • Caritas Internationalis
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Clinton Foundation
  • CNN
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • East West Institute
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • GE Capital
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
  • Permanent Mission of the Republic of India to the United Nations
  • Thomson Reuters
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Secretariat
  • UNICEF
  • United States Congress
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice/Interpol
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Internship Scholarships and Fellowships

School of Diplomacy Internship Scholarship
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Diplomacy registered in one of the academic internship classes, DIPL 3111/4111/7111/7112.

Description: This merit based grant supports travel and other expenses connected to the internship location. Awards are not intended to cover tuition or internship program fees and may not cover the total cost of internship expenses.

Scholarship Term and Award: Variable

U.S. Peace Corps Partnership Program and Scholarship
Eligibility: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have been accepted into the M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations program.

Description: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are accepted as Paul D. Coverdell Fellows complete professional academic internships in underserved American communities in conjunction with their Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations coursework. This experience allows them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers. Learn more about the School of Diplomacy Coverdell Fellows Program »

Scholarship Term and Award: 6 academic credits per academic year; renewable.

St. John Paul II Fellowship, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Eligibility: Full-time M.A. and B.S. Diplomacy students who are registered in academic internship classes, DIPL 3111/4111/7111/7112.

Description: Fellows intern full-time at the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and/or at the UN during a 6 month period, from July to December or January to June. This fellowship requires registration in 6 credits of Diplomacy internship course work, DIPL 3111/4111 for undergraduate students and DIPL 7111/7112 for graduate students, during the fall or spring semester coinciding with the internship. Students are required to be full-time students while completing the internship. Therefore, for undergraduate students, registration in two additional three credit courses is required during the academic semester. For graduate students, one additional three credit course is required during the academic semester. The deadline for applications for an internship position from July to December (Summer/Fall semester) is April 1, for an internship from January to June (Spring/Summer semester) the deadline is October 1.

Fellowship Term and Award: 6 month term (see schedule above) and $10,000 scholarship award in the fall or spring semester via the St. John Paul II Initiative Fund.

Sergio Vieira de Mello Fellowship, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
Eligibility: M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations students registered in one academic internship class, DIPL 7111 or DIPL 7112. Fellowship will be awarded based on academic merit and progress in program.

Description: This fellowship will partially fund one Master of Arts Diplomacy student at an internship with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). The scholarship will support travel and living expenses connected to the Geneva fellowship location. Awards are not intended to cover tuition or internship program fees, and may not cover the total cost of the internship expenses. The deadline for applications is March 15.

Fellowship Term and Award: Summer semester; awards are dependent upon availability of funding.

For more information and applications for internship scholarships and fellowships, contact Dr. Catherine Ruby, Director of Internships and Career Development at (973) 275-2203 or catherine.ruby@shu.edu.

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