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Intern with the U.S. Commercial Service Indonesia
Here's how to apply for a unique and rewarding internship.

CS Indonesia Internships

Summer Internship Program

Applications are due February 1 of each year. The application process may take two months. Please read the below information thoroughly to ensure you qualify. 


Thank you for your interest!  The Indonesia 2024 Summer Internship Program is no longer accepting submissions. Please consider applying for the 2025 cycle.


Who is eligible?

To participate in our summer internship program, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Students currently enrolled in a U.S. college/university or those who are accepted in a school for the quarter/semester following the internship. Students must return to complete their education following the internship.
  • Long-term availability: minimum six weeks, preferably 40 hours per week.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Good working knowledge of computer skills.
  • Must be able to pass credit and background check by the U.S. Government prior to starting the internship.
  • Graduate-level students preferred

What will I do?

Intern duties vary, but can include:

  • Conduct market research for U.S. companies seeking to export to Indonesia
  • Monitor business environment and prepare analysis and reports.
  • Provide assistance to Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists in conducting services for U.S. companies.
  • Support trade missions and events.
  • Handle special projects that are of operational interest and support Commercial Service activities.

Will I be paid?

No. Federal regulations prohibit financial compensation. Upon completion of the internship, an official letter of recommendation can be provided, and many universities will award academic credit for your work.

Can I work while in Indonesia?

No. The short-term Non-Business or Non-Education visa does not permit applicants to work in Indonesia. Additionally, you will need to provide proof of having sufficient funds to support yourself while in Indonesia.

Will my airfare, housing, and insurance be covered?

No airfare, housing, or federal government insurance can be provided, and no federal government liability is assumed.

How do I apply?

The U.S. Commercial Service seeks hard-working, responsible interns, preferably at the graduate student level. If you are interested in an internship, address your correspondence to

  • Cover letter addressing why you want to be an intern, your future goals, what you have to offer the U.S. Commercial Service, and how you hope to benefit from the internship. Address your correspondence to the internship coordinator.
  • Resume including past academic and work experience, computer skills, career goals, citizenship, and student status.
  • The exact time period that you will be available. The minimum requirement is 6 weeks.
  • Home address, email, and telephone number in the United States.

Once your application has been accepted, you will need to submit a range of paperwork to the Office of Security for credit and background checks.