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. U.S. State Department applications are due on September 16, 2020. 

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.
Leora Eisenberg - 2019 SINSI Intern Scholar

Leora Eisenberg at the Fourth of July celebration. She is a 2019 SINSI Intern Scholar at the State Department at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

plications, 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.

Application Timeline for the 2020-21 Academic Year:

September 3: SINSI Application Available HERE 

September 23: Fall Open House at 5:00 PM. Please Register at: 

October 9: Internship Applications Due at 2:00 PM
Fourth week of October: Internship Interviews
Fourth week of October: Award Notification by the Selection committee
November 4: Intern Welcome Meeting