Congressional Office for International Leadership Program Management Intern

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Congressional Office for International Leadership
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  • Interests/Areas of Study: Exchange Program Management; Public Diplomacy; Congress; European, Eurasian countries; Indo-Pacific countries
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Application Period: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Application Notes:  
  • Compensation: Interns will be hired at the GS-05/Step 1. Please refer to for the most up-to-date salary table.
  • Academic Credit: The Congressional Office for International Leadership does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: LC Internal Discounts; Metrochek
  • Program Duration: Negotiable
  • Qualifications: US. Residents

The Congressional Office for International Leadership administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for emerging or struggling democracies. COIL is an agency of the Legislative Branch and supports Congress. More than 30,000 current and future leaders from European, Eurasian, and Indo-Pacific countries have participated since the program’s inception in 1999. Participants meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

The Open World program focuses both on assisting Congress in its oversight responsibilities and on conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. COIL’s bipartisan nature and independence from the priorities of the Executive Branch is an important asset for the program.