Want to have a positive impact on job creation in America?
Want to get hands-on experience in international trade and commercial diplomacy?
Want to live in Paris while you do it?
The U.S. Commercial Service France offers year-round unpaid internship opportunities where you can do all of the above.
What We Do
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. We provide a range of services and programs to help American companies export goods and services to foreign markets and to encourage and facilitate inward investment into the United States. The U.S. Commercial France at the U.S. Embassy in Paris analyzes information on the French market, facilitates contacts with French businesses, promotes U.S. products in the French and European marketplace, and advocates U.S. business interests. We assist trade missions to France and provide logistical support to U.S. companies holding product launches and exhibitions.
What Our Interns Do
Interns are given assignments that will provide exposure to a full range of our activities and services and every attempt is made to provide meaningful and experiential learning opportunities. Assignments may include the following:
• Collecting and analyzing information for market research reports
• Responding to enquiries from U.S. Companies
• Assisting in the preparation of trade events and trade missions
• Assisting with our matchmaking services that help U.S. companies find partners and distributors in France
We accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer Internships. Please note interns do not receive any compensation and no housing or financial assistance is available.
To qualify, you must be:
• a junior, senior or postgraduate student
• available to work for a minimum of 3 months
• able to work full time
• currently enrolled in an accredited American College or University and returning to school after the internship ends
• in possession of a U.S. passport
French language ability is a plus
Application for an internship is a two-step process. Interested students should first submit:
• a cover letter
• your resume
• a writing sample
• proof of U.S. citizenship
Contact Information/To Submit Applications:
Ms. Priscille Odje
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Embassy Paris
2 avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris - FRANCE
Once initial applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be required to complete a full application package for a security assurance check. Internships are awarded only after a successful clearance has been obtained. Note that due to security clearance requirements applications must be received at least 3 months prior to proposed start date.
Please contact Priscille Odje for a list of required documents for the second phase of the application process.