Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Internships and Professional Development

The School of Diplomacy works with students to tailor internship experiences and career development advisement to individual interests and career goals.

Students from around the world choose Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations for its distinguished academic curriculum and its outstanding career network. The Office of Internships and Career Development in collaboration with the Office of Professional Services at the School of Diplomacy works with students to strategically align academic and real-world experience with career goals. If your organization is interested in learning more about hosting a School of Diplomacy student intern, or recruiting on our campus, contact us at diplomat@shu.edu.

Learning to Lead

By graduation, one hundred percent of the School of Diplomacy's undergraduate and graduate students complete at least one professional internship in diplomacy or international relations. Our proximity to New York, presence in Washington, D.C., and our relationships with the United Nations and the UN community, businesses, and NGO's offer unparalleled opportunities for professional development.

The School's Semester in Washington, D.C. program allows students to participate in internships while completing Diplomacy classes in Washington, D.C. at the UN Foundation, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, steps away from the White House. Students maintain full-time student status and their eligibility for Seton Hall University student scholarships and loan assistance. The D.C. internships expose students to the workings of government, think tanks, embassies, offices of U.S. Congressmen and Senators, and non-governmental organizations that are unique to the U.S. capital. Undergraduate student Lucas Della Ventura says, "Coming to Washington, D.C., has been one of the best decisions of my life. Having class with Dr. Catharin Dalpino, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, has been great. It doesn't feel like a class, it feels like an apprenticeship. Her insider knowledge, experience and candor have helped all of my classmates and I understand the D.C. political environment." For more information on the School of Diplomacy Semester in Washington, D.C. program, click here.

Students are encouraged to explore internships globally during the summer months to gain valuable experience in federal government, public policy institutes, international development and humanitarian aid, human rights, and private enterprise. Scholarship funds are available for international internships, and have been awarded to support internship expenses in the Peru, South Korea, Cameroon and more.

“The impact of increasing global insecurity due to factors such as climate change, poor access to food and shelter in the developing world, and political unrest --just to name a few areas --requires a broad set of skills that I honed as a student,” observes graduate alumna Anca DiGiacomo. “My internship at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs allowed me to use my knowledge about these issues, as well as to expand my comprehension of international relations, as it relates to real situations in real time.”

Undergraduate alumna Grace Chung interned at the foreign desk of McClatchy newspapers in Washington, D.C. “Where else could an undergraduate get a press pass, the chance to regularly attend congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, and the opportunity to write stories about controversial issues like the release of Guantanamo detainees?” Grace asks. 

The Office of Internships and Career Development at the School of Diplomacy works with students to tailor the internship experience to address individual interests and career development goals. Among the varied international businesses, government agencies, and organizations that have recently hosted our graduate and undergraduate interns are:

  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • BBC News
  • Caritas Internationalis
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Clinton Foundation
  • CNN
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • East West Institute
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • GE Capital
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
  • Permanent Mission of the Republic of India to the United Nations
  • Thomson Reuters
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Secretariat
  • United States Congress 
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice/Interpol
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Your Path for Professional Development

The Office of Professional Services offers additional professional development and employment guidance beyond the internship experience. Employers prize School of Diplomacy graduates for their distinctive exposure gained on and off-campus. Graduates acquire the skill sets to effectively communicate, analyze, negotiate and collaborate in a setting that emphasizes leadership and a commitment to peace and justice. In addition to offering private and individualized professional counseling, the School's Office of Professional Services and Office of Internships and Career Development offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Career development workshops
  • Fellowship opportunities and application processes
  • Employer information sessions
  • Alumni networking receptions
  • Resume and cover letter critique
  • Mock interviews
  • Internship and job-search strategies
  • Unlimited access to jobs, live webinars, career advice, and networking


College Central

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations uses College Central Network (CCN) as its official resume and job posting service. Local employers post jobs exclusively to our School via the CCN site. Students and alumni can create their account profiles here.


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