Please note: The U.S. Commercial Service Seattle is not offering Internships at this time. Please check back as any internships will be posted when they become available.
Internship Background Information for Future Applicants
Please Note: The U.S. Commercial Service Seattle offers only unpaid internships.
Those interested in the intern position must be U.S. citizens and be currently enrolled in a college or university. Professional communication skills, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn are essential skills for those interested in the position. We are currently seeking a candidate available for two full consecutive quarters who can work between 12 – 16 hours per week. As of fall 2020, the intern would telework virtually for the duration of the internship.
Major Areas of Study:
Business, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Marketing, and Communications.
Daily Job Activities
Interns become involved in the daily operational aspects of our office and work closely with the international trade specialists. They assist the specialists in research projects or market analysis, support coordinating events, as well as performing other light clerical and administrative support duties. Interns will become familiar with and learn the importance of the U.S. Commercial Service domestic and international network of offices and export-related services. The U.S. Commercial Service is co-located with the Small Business Administration and shares the same floor as the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington/U.S Export-Import Bank and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Major Job Responsibilities
- Evaluate global opportunities for U.S. businesses
- Create marketing materials and campaigns
- Conduct global market research
- Support staff before/after local and international trade events
- Aid and attend trade seminars, networking events, and client meetings
- Contact prospective and current clients
- Support campaigns to generate attendance at trade shows and events
- Maintain databases by entering, verifying, and backing up data
- Perform clerical and administrative duties as needed
The U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. We have trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities, and more than 70 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
- Promote exports of goods and services from the United States, particularly by small & medium-sized businesses
- Advocate for a level-playing field for U.S. companies competing for foreign government procurements
- Engage foreign governments on behalf of U.S. companies to eliminate trade barriers and unfair trade practices and advance U.S. economic interests
- Attract and retain investment in the American economy