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Foreign National Student Internship Program Page: Internships in Copenhagen and Nuuk

Non-U.S. Citizens Studying in Denmark, The Faroe Islands, and Greenland

This program, officially called The Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with the U.S. State Department at U.S. Missions outside the U.S. The program benefits both posts and students by providing the non-U.S. students with valuable educational experience in U.S. Missions and by assisting posts in accomplishing their mission goals. The purpose of the Program is to offer students the challenge of working in a foreign affairs arena and at the same time profit by their assistance. There are no benefits attached to this internship, the intern is not an employee of the Embassy, Department of State or the United States Government. The internship is uncompensated / unpaid. Internships are available in Copenhagen and Nuuk.

Who Can Apply

The program is open to students, who are not U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, who have graduated from high school or equivalent secondary school, are enrolled in a trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, university or comparable recognized educational institution in the Kingdom of Denmark. The students must have the required residence and work permits for students in Denmark. Students with dual citizenship including U.S. are not eligible for this program, but should apply for the U.S. Citizenship program.

Additional Requirements

In addition to these requirements, the sections that host interns require that students have a least two years of studies behind them and/or are graduate students. Please see individual internship descriptions for details.

The student is to continue or to be starting additional studies at a college, university or equivalent following the internship to be eligible. Confirm in your application when you will graduate and from which institution.

The student must have demonstrated potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed. The student must be in good academic standing at his or her current educational institution and provide a certified transcript to verify it and must provide written permission from the educational institution in which the student is enrolled.

Minimum language requirements for all internships: Danish and English level 3 (good working knowledge). The individual positions may require level 4 in one or both languages and/or proficiency in Greenlandic or Faroese. Please check the position announcement for the position you are applying for.

The student must receive a security certification and a medical certification before commencement of the internship.

Internships typically run between February to July/August or September to January. Internships are part-time or full-time for a minimum of 4 to 6 months. See Intern categories below for when to apply.

How to apply

To apply for Foreign National Student Internship please:

  • Download the application form (PDF 2.6 MB) and fill it out
  • Write a Statement of Interest where you explain why you are applying. Be sure to include which internship you are applying for.
  • Send the application form, statement of interest, and all other relevant documents (recommendations, grade transcripts etc.) to: CopenhagenHRFNintern@state.gov and indicate in the subject line of the email which internship you are applying for. If you apply for more than one internship, you will need to send individual applications and statements of interest for each internship.
  • Application deadline for the autumn semester internships is April 15 (Extended to May 28 for PDS).

  • Application deadline for the spring semester internships is December 1.

We look forward to hearing from you.