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Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Internships

Thank you for your interest in interning with the Pittsburgh office of the U.S. Commercial Service.  Our internship program has three different terms (Spring, Summer, and Fall).  One or Two term internships are available.

Term time periods and application deadlines are as follows:

Spring Term
Term period: January - May
Application Period: July 15 - October 15

Summer Term
Term Period: May - August
Application Period: December 15 - March 15

Fall Term
Term Period: September - December
Application Period: April 15 - July 15

If you are interested in pursuing an internship with us, and you meet the eligibility requirements below, please email your resume and cover letter Laurie.Kelleher@trade.gov.  Please include in the subject line the term for which you are applying.


The U.S. Commercial Service Internship Experience

Are you interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment full of challenges? 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 this sounds interesting, don’t miss out on an opportunity to help U.S. companies engage the international marketplace!

As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service is the premier federal agency that helps companies to achieve exporting success. Our office in Downtown Pittsburgh is part of a global network of more than 100 domestic offices and 150 international offices. We assist U.S. companies with entering international markets and with increasing export sales and market share by providing market research, introducing foreign buyers to U.S. exporters, and advocating on behalf of American business interests in more than 85 countries worldwide!

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, product licensing, and selecting a distributor who will increase their company’s sales. Because we know how vital these decisions are, and that the market never sleeps, we emphasize accuracy and speed.

What can you expect from this internship?

U.S. Commercial Service’s Pittsburgh office serves western and parts of central Pennsylvania. Our internship program is designed to provide real world experience to complement academic lessons in international trade, international business, economics, and international affairs.

Through hands-on experience, interns will come to have a solid understanding of:

    Problems confronting small to medium sized companies in the international marketplace
    Role of international trade in a regional economy
    Problems that confront policymakers 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 also have the chance to work on special projects.

Interns have the opportunity to plan, recruit for, and host seminars that feature government officials, visiting overseas staff, and market and industry specialists from Washington D.C. Interns schedule appointments for the visiting staff and accompany the visitors to the meetings to provide assistance. 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 in professional experience to complement academic background
    Solid analytical skills
    Self-motivation and professionalism
    Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Eligibility Requirements

    You must be a U.S. citizen.
    You must be at least a half-time student pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
    You must be able to work 16 hours a week minimum during the fall/spring terms and 30 hours a week minimum during our summer term