How to Apply

Internship Program Admission

Eligibility and Application for the SINSI Internship

Scholars in the Nation’s Service are selected based on outstanding academic performance, a proven track record of accomplishment, leadership skills, and a demonstrated commitment to career government service.

Sophomores and juniors at Princeton University who would like to become a SINSI scholar are encouraged to apply. If interested in an internship with the U.S. State Department, you will need to apply for their internship program as well. The U.S. State Department summer application on TBD. 

Admitted students must be prepared to submit all information for security clearances and/or background checks in a timely fashion. Students interested in international affairs must submit security clearance documentation a minimum of five months in advance of their starting date. Students who are dual nationals must take special care to submit security clearance applications with sufficient lead time.

Requirements to Apply:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Be a sophomore or junior currently enrolled at Princeton University and in good standing academically.
  • Have identified an area of U.S. government work that is of particular interest.
  • Present a letter of reference from a professor in their field of interest.
  • Be able to complete successfully a background investigation and meet security and other requirements for work in the federal government.
  • Agree to the SINSI internship program terms provided in the acceptance letter.
Applications, including essays and transcripts, may be shared with appropriate government officials as part of the placement process. It is important that students who have been accepted are very responsive during the internship placement process due to timing sensitivities.
SINSI 2021 InternsApplication Timeline for the 2021-22 Academic Year:
September 16: SINSI Application Available HERE

September 21: In-Person Open House at 12:00 PM - Register HERE

                                                               and at 5:00 PM - Register HERE 

September 27: Virtual Open House from 12:00 to 1:15 PM. - Register HERE 

October 8: Internship Applications Due at 2:00 PM
First Week of November: Internship Interviews
First Week of November: Award Notification by the Selection committee
November 30: Intern Welcome Meeting