Internship

Foreign National Student Internship Program

Embassy Riga’s Foreign National Student Internship Program is open to non-U.S.-citizen students from Latvia and provides them with the opportunity to work for a short period (not more than three months) in the Embassy. By doing so, young, up-and-coming Latvians gain exposure not only to American foreign policy goals and management styles, but also to American values and ways of doing business. This program, used by many U.S. Missions overseas, also benefits the Embassy by providing interns who can help us accomplish our goals.

Each internship (with the exception of the Videographer) is for three months and is offered four times per year. Summer internship is from June 1 to August 31, Fall Internship – from September 1 to November 30, Winter Internship – from December 1 to February 28, and Spring internship from March 1 to May 31. Please, refer to the drop-down menu item below for more detailed information regarding the Videographer’s internship.

There are no benefits or compensation attached to the internship, nor does it imply any future entitlement to Embassy employment. Interns are assigned duties that include research, economic and political report writing, planning of cultural events, correspondence, information systems, analysis of international issues, consular work, administrative and/or budget and fiscal duties, and personnel management. They must be recruited to do interesting work and not simply to complete routine clerical tasks.

Eligibility

Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Latvia are eligible to participate in the internship program, including any non-host-country foreign nationals who are legal resident students of Latvia.

To participate, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of appointment
  • Must be enrolled, not less than half-time, in a college, university or other accredited educational institution. The student must be in good academic standing.
  • Must have strong Latvian language skills (Note: Latvian written skills will be tested)
  • Must have strong English language skills (Note: English written skills will be tested)

Application deadline:

In order to be considered for the respective internship, students must submit their application at least six weeks prior to the internship start date:

Students must apply no later than:

For Internship period:

July 15

Videography Internship: September 1 – (open for negotiations)

April 15

SUMMER Internship: June 1 – August 31

July 15

FALL Internship: from September 1 – November 30

October 15

WINTER Internship: December 1 – February 28

January 15

SPRING Internship March 1 to May 31

To Apply

Candidates are asked to apply for internship by submitting a resume (CV) and a statement of interest.  Applications must be sent to Human Resources Office at Riga-HR@state.gov. Upon request all applicants must be able to present a transcript verifying good academic standing and present a letter of permission to participate from his/her educational institution.

Once procedures are completed and selection(s) are made, the HR Office will send an official letter to all those selected extending an offer to participate in the program. This letter will include information on the position, the dates of the program, and the work location. Prior to beginning work, the intern will need to complete a security check and receive a medical clearance.

Embassy Riga offers two Foreign National Student Intern positions: Intern in the Political/Economic Office, an Intern and a Videography Intern in the Public Affairs Office.

Assignment duties: Under the supervision of the Public Affairs Officer, the intern would work on cultural programming that involves designing, marketing, and implementing a range of programs to highlight the richness of American cultural life and build bridges between Latvia and the U.S. The intern would also expand and implement the Embassy’s Meet America Outreach program. The intern might also assist with press inquiries and do some preparatory media appearances for the Ambassador. Internship is full time only.

Selection criteria: A background in the arts, arts administration, event planning, marketing, media, or public relations is desired.

Selection process: Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an English and Latvian language tests. Upon successful completion of the language test, applicants will be interviewed by Public Affairs Section and considered for the current or upcoming internship cycle at a later date.

Duties: Under the supervision of the designated Political and Economic Officer, the intern works on issues that involve research on political/judicial/economic issues as well as market research. The intern assists the Political and Economic Section staff in building business bridges between Latvia and the United States and assists with the planning and implementation of visitor itineraries.

Selection Criteria: The applicant must be a senior year student currently studying in any of the following programs: political science, international relations, public administration, economics and business, international trade, international law or related field.

Selection process: Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an English and Latvian language tests. Upon successful completion of the language test, applicants will be interviewed by representatives from the Political Economic Section.

Embassy Riga offers a part time, project-based internship to non-U.S.-citizen students from Latvia and provides them with the opportunity to work for a short period (up to six months) in the Embassy developing small scale video projects promoting embassy’ s programs and policies of the U.S. government in general.

There are no benefits or compensation attached to the internship, nor does it imply any future entitlement to Embassy employment.

Application deadline: July 15, 2019.
Duties

Interns are assigned duties that include developing an idea and a script for a video project, planning the execution, shooting, and post-processing the footage using Adobe Premiere video and related editing applications.

To participate, a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of appointment
  • Must be enrolled, not less than half-time, in a college, university or other accredited educational institution. The student must be in good academic standing.
  • Must have strong Latvian language skills
  • Must have strong English language skills
Eligibility

Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Latvia are eligible to participate in the internship program, including any non-host-country foreign nationals who are legal resident students of Latvia.

To Apply

Candidates are asked to apply for internship by submitting a resume (CV) and a statement of interest. Applications must be sent to Human Resources Office at Riga-HR@state.gov. Upon request all applicants must be able to present a transcript verifying good academic standing and present a letter of permission to participate from his/her educational institution.

Once procedures are completed and selection(s) are made, the HR Office will send an official letter to all those selected extending an offer to participate in the program. This letter will include information on the position, and the dates of the program. Prior to beginning work, the intern will need to complete a security check.