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Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs Benefits

Program Description

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers a variety of internships and fellowships to U.S. citizens, from students to professionals. The programs provide an opportunity to connect with the global community, gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and, most of all, acquire lifelong skills as you represent the United States to the world.

The U.S. Department of State offers programs that cover a wide range of interests, including arts and culture, technology, and youth-focused.

A sampling of programs include:
  • American Film Showcase
  • Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship
  • Global Connections and Exchange
  • Youth Ambassadors

General Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for these programs, you must be a U.S. citizen. You must also meet any additional requirements as stated in each program's eligibility section. Please review each program's requirements at

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Please visit and use the Exchange Program Finder to narrow your search by location or participant type. You can also click on the tab "All programs A-Z" to see a list of programs currently accepting applications.

Program Contact Information

For more information about all of programs the U.S. Department of State has to offer, please visit: the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.