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The U.S. Commercial Service Internship Experience
Are you interested in working in a dynamic, challenging, and fast-paced environment? How about sharpening your job skills while building your resume? Or perhaps you would like to compliment your academic expertise with international business training? If so, don’t miss out on an opportunity to help U.S. companies access international markets!
As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service is the premier federal agency that helps companies successfully export overseas. Our office in Downtown Manhattan is part of a global network of more than 100 domestic offices and in more than 70 countries worldwide! We support U.S. companies seeking to enter international markets, increase export sales and market share by providing market research, introducing foreign buyers to U.S. exporters, and advocating on behalf of American business interests.
What is the work environment?
We are a team of highly motivated professionals with a range of international business expertise. We are responsible for providing high-value advice and guidance to companies making strategic business decisions. These decisions typically involve evaluating and entering new markets, increasing market share, resolving problems with overseas customers, financing export sales, licensing products, and selecting a distributor who will increase their company’s sales. Because we know these decisions are vital, and that the market never sleeps, we emphasize accuracy and speed.
What can you expect from this internship?
U.S. Commercial Service New York office serves all the boroughs of New York City. Our internship program is designed to provide real world experience to compliment academic lessons in international trade, international business, economics, and international affairs.
Through hands-on experience, interns will come to have a solid understanding of:
- Challenges faced by small to medium sized companies in the international marketplace
- The role of international trade in a regional economy
- Problems that confront policy makers as they attempt to open international markets for U.S. products
- As part of the internship program, interns work closely with International Trade Specialists. Interns help to develop and prepare market research, match local companies with international opportunities, and answer export related questions from a wide variety of sources.
Additionally, interns will have the chance to work on special projects, such as planning and hosting seminars, recruiting for Foreign Trade Delegations and Trade Shows, organizing Foreign Buyer Programs, taking part in trade development meetings with American and foreign government officials and executives in key industries, writing on international trade issues, and promoting industry trade events to the international community. Interns are often given the responsibility of representing our office in a variety of venues. We believe in giving interns responsibility for projects and mentoring them as they develop.
Though the internship is unpaid, the valuable experience gained during the program can prove to be very beneficial in the future, especially if the intern is interested in working for the federal government. If you are seeking paid Federal employment, please visit http://www.usajobs.opm.gov for a complete listing of job announcements.
Qualities We Look for in an Intern
- Strong interest and background in international trade, economics, and geopolitics
- Solid research and analytical skills
- Self-motivation and professionalism
- Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills
- Major Areas of Study: All Business Majors, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, International Studies and Relations, Marketing, Finance, Foreign Language, Communications, Sociology, Geography and History.
Duration of Internship
Internships are usually for a period of three months and can be extended. The internship is a voluntary effort. No funds are available to cover any costs incurred during this internship. We request that an intern have at least 16 hours to dedicate to the internship during the fall/spring terms and 24 hours minimum during our summer term.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must be at least a half-time student pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree.
How to Apply
If you are a student interested in pursuing an internship with the U.S. Commercial Service in New York City and meet the eligibility requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to Carmela Mammas at Carmela.Mammas@trade.gov
For more information, please contact:
Carmela Mammas, Director
U.S. Commercial Service New York
290 Broadway, Suite 1312
New York, NY 10007