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Irvine Internship Program

Irvine Internship

Orange County Export Assistance Center Student Volunteer Internship Program: SPRING / SUMMER / FALL  

Interested in international trade? 

Want to learn about doing business in foreign countries? 

The U.S. Commercial Service has open positions for volunteer student interns to help us achieve our mission of helping U.S. companies export products and services to international markets. Our student volunteers are on the front lines of organizing events, researching export opportunities, and advising exporters on all aspects of international trade. Our network includes over 100 domestic offices, and teams in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in over 75 countries. Join our fast-paced office, and gain experience in the international business world. To find out more about us, check out  

Student Volunteer Internship Requirements: 

  • U.S. Citizen 
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university (Graduate or Undergraduate) 
  • Background check 
  • 16 hours/week for approx. 4-5 months (Spring/Fall), or 30 hours/week for approx. 3 months (Summer), or as required for school credit
  • Start/completion dates are flexible with a 6 month maximum 
  • Internship must be completed during regular office hours (Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm) 
  • This is an unpaid/volunteer internship program 

Desired Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Enthusiasm for learning 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Able to meet deadlines, collaborate, and work on a team  
  • Curious about different countries, languages, and cultures 
  • All majors and study interests welcome  

Student Volunteer Activities Typically Include: 

  • Assisting our International Trade Specialist staff and client companies 
  • Market research 
  • Outreach to local businesses  
  • Participating in client meetings and export strategy planning  
  • Developing reports on individual countries, markets, and sectors   
  • Opportunity to take part in business meetings with executives from American firms in key industries, as well as with U.S. and foreign government officials.  
  • Helping prepare for conferences, roundtable discussions, and international exhibitions. This may include contacting companies to introduce events, sharing information on exporting, and sending market reports to event participants. 
  • Networking with international business executives and trade professionals 
  • Career development counseling and advice on job search in international business  
  • Training and educational opportunities provided 


Please submit a resume and cover letter to:  

Jim Mayfield 
U.S. Commercial Service – Orange County 
International Trade Administration 

Notional Applications Deadlines: 

  • Spring Session: Dec 15 
  • Summer Session: April 15 
  • Fall Session: August 15 

Important Update:

Our Internship Program is primarily in-person, with potential for hybrid/remote work.   

Due to changes in program and project needs, we may not be able to offer internships each semester.  Please contact us for availability.