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International Real Estate & Planning Internship

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

U.S. Department of State

Job Location:

Arlington, VA

Interns in the Planning and Real Estate Directorate will support senior Architects, Planners, Realty Specialists, Appraisers, Program Analysts and other real estate professionals in their work to manage the real estate of our U.S. Embassies and Consulate operations worldwide.  The Department of State currently manages over 20,000 properties in over 170 countries with a replacement value of more than $80 billion.  We also have robust new construction and rehabilitation programs that have traditionally received more than $2 billion in funding per year.  In addition, we have a leasehold account with an annual budget of more than $400 million.  Finally, as any large owner-occupier of international real estate, we are always buying, selling, and repositioning our properties to better advance our diplomatic mission

Internships in Planning and Real Estate provide a unique opportunity for students to work on interesting sites, building issues, and real estate transactions and see how a large federal agency manages their worldwide portfolio.  Our past experience with interns have proven to be a good experience for both us and the students.  You will be kept very busy, engaging in exciting work, while learning of and contributing to our daily operations.  Below I have also provided a few links that provide a little background about our Bureau within the State Department:

1.      Design Excellence --- This link is to our Design Excellence video which describes our approach to provide secure, safe, and functional embassies and consulates.  

2.      New Embassy in London --- This link is a video about our new Embassy project in London, U.K.

3.      Art in Embassies --- This link is to a video about our 50th anniversary of Art in Embassies program.

If you are interested, here is an outline of the application process:

Step 1 – Review the Internships Announcements:   Review the announcements that have been posted on USAJOBs. The Department is offering two slightly different opportunities.  We encourage students to apply to both.  Other internship opportunities will be posted in the coming weeks.





(Student Trainee)


Arlington, VA


Step 2 – Follow Advice:   The positions are of various types (Realty Specialist, Architect, Program Analyst, etc.).  We encourage student to apply for all of the positions and both the IEP and ITEP Programs.  Your major does not need to match the position title, but the work you will be doing work in our office will fit your background.  By applying to multiple positions, you increase the possibility of a selection.  We also encourage students to apply for different grades.  There may be an opportunity for promotion once you are in the program.   Finally, we encourage students to attach a cover letter noting the type of positions in which they are most interested.

Step 3 – Send an email:   Send me an email (Crystal Winston, Division Chief, with a resume to let us know you are interested.  This will help us to know how to track the number of interested students.  


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