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Mentoring the next generation of leaders in international affairs is one of our top priorities.  We offer two paid summer internships for minority college students at the U.S. Department of State.  We partner with the American Foreign Service Association and the Association of Black American Ambassadors to administer these internships.  The internship offers students the opportunity to work on important foreign policy issues.  Previous interns have been placed on the China and Nigeria Desk.

The stipend covers living expenses and other costs. The internship application form for the U.S. Department of State internships program can be found at  Applications for summer internships are due by November 1 of each year.

For additional questions you can email:

*Due to Covid restrictions, no selections were made for the 2020-21 cycle.

Taylor Demons 2016 TLG ABAA intern
Jayson Douglass 2014 TLG AFSA intern
Jasmine Hardy 2015 TLG ABAA intern
Candace Johnson 2015 TLG AFSA intern

Scholarship Opportunities

Todman Book Scholarship

Submission Deadline: May 3 - July 12, 2021

TLG has established several scholarships honoring the Foreign Service and mentorship of Ambassador Terence A. Todman. Ambassador Todman served 40 years with the State Department  as the U.S. Ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark and Argentina, as well as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs during the Carter administration.  Three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500.


To apply for this scholarship, you will need to submit:​​

  • Name

  • Email

  • Resume

  • Current Major

  • Essay (1000 word min)

  • University/College

  • Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 (2020-21)

  • Telephone Number

Essay topic: In light of domestic challenges, why should African Americans pursue a career in International Affairs? How does this impact your personal and professional goals?

All of this information will need to be submitted no later than July 12, 2021 to Bernadette Cole Byrd at


You will receive notification that your application has been received.

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