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

CS Thailand Internships

Internship Opportunities (Unpaid) 

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Thailand internships are challenging and rewarding experiences that help interns gain an understanding of the business climate in Thailand and the region. Our interns work with CS officers and staff on a variety of jobs and projects in supporting American companies looking to expand their business in this region and Thai investors looking to invest in the United States. Interns have the opportunity to attend internal policy meetings, conduct market research, provide administrative support, assist in developing customized solutions for our clients and support trade events. The U.S. Commercial Service seeks hard-working, responsible interns, preferably at the graduate student level. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

How long does the application process take? 

Internship applications can take up to three months to process.  

Who is eligible? 

U.S. citizens who are:

  • Enrolled in a college/university OR have been accepted to a school for the quarter/semester following the internship. (Students must return to complete their education following the internship.) 
  • Undergraduate or Graduate (preferably) students studying economics, business administration, or international relations 
  • Available 40 hours per week for a minimum of 75 calendar days and maximum of 90 calendar days 
  • Able to pass a credit and background check by the U.S. Government prior to starting the internship

and possess:

  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

What will I do? 

Intern duties will vary but can include: 

  • Conducting Market research 
  • Preparing analysis and reports of the local business environment
  • Assisting Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists in conducting Department of Commerce’s services
  • Supporting trade missions and trade promotion activities 
  • Implementing special projects in support of Commercial Service activities. 

Will I be paid? 

  • No. Federal regulations prohibit financial compensation. 
  • The Embassy does not provide housing, subsistence allowance, commuting stipends, or financial benefits of any kind. 
  • Selected interns must sign a Volunteer Agreement indicating their understanding that the Embassy cannot be responsible for workplace related injuries and/or medical costs. Interns are encouraged to have their own medical and liability insurance. 
  • Students should discuss receiving academic credit with their academic institution. Documentation of work or signing of forms can be provided. 

Where will I work? 

  • Typically, interns will work in the CS Thailand office in Bangkok. However, depending on the local health situation, teleworking may be allowed. 

How do I apply? 

Send the following items to office.bangkok@trade.gov:

  1. A cover letter addressed to the Regional Senior Commercial Officer, explaining: 
    • Your purpose in pursuing an internship. 
    • Your future career and academic goals; 
    • Your skills and talents that could benefit the U.S. Commercial Service; and 
    • What you hope to gain from the internship 
  2. An up-to-date resume including: 
    • Past academic and work experience 
    • Computer skills 
    • Citizenship and student status 
    • Exact dates that you will be available. The minimum requirement is 75 days, maximum of 90 days. 
    • Current email address, physical home address, and a telephone number 

Selection Process

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  Selected candidates will be sent a range of paperwork to submit to the Office of Security including:

  • Volunteer Service Agreement
  • Fair Credit Report Release Statement
  • Declaration for Federal Employment
  • Security Assurance Check
  • Selective Service Registration

We recommend a multiple entry, Non-Immigrant Visa “ED”. It takes 2-3 weeks to process. Visit the Royal Thai Embassy for more information about the visa and other travel requirements.