U.S. Department of Commerce Virtual (and Possible In-Person) Internship Opportunity
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in international business or foreign affairs? The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Advocacy Center (AC) wants you! (*Note: Please send cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to email@example.com when applying*)
Due to the pandemic, we are offering “virtual” internships for the Fall 2021 semester, where interns will work remotely from wherever they are located from their own personal computers. *If DOC begins to allow in-person attendance during the semester, you may complete your internship at our Washington DC office, or continue to work virtually from if you so choose.*
* The primary duty will be to conduct background research on U.S. companies applying for advocacy
* Enter and track cases in the Advocacy Center’s database
* Take part in conference calls and online meetings with representatives from other government agencies and U.S. companies
* Create and analyze reports on the Advocacy Center’s activities across the world
* Develop strategies to help U.S. companies win foreign public-sector contracts
Our interns gain a broad view of how the U.S. Government interacts with players in international trade, from domestic U.S. agencies to foreign governments. Since our interns often join us on calls and videoconferences with representatives from both U.S. businesses and government agencies, they gain valuable insight into issues faced by major companies when competing for foreign government contracts.
Dates of Internship:
For start and end dates, see Handshake ad. *The end date listed can be modified to accommodate the student’s final exam schedule.*
*Student must be a rising junior or above
*3.5 minimum GPA
*Internship hours are flexible, but students must be able to work at least 24 hours (3 full days) per week, with accommodations made for classes.
What We Look For:
While the Advocacy Center’s scope fits well with students interested in subjects such as international affairs, trade, federal government, economics, business, law, history, and other political and social sciences, we strongly encourage any student interested in the Advocacy Center’s mission to apply.
Much of the intern’s duties will focus on performing due diligence on companies, so attention to detail and research skills are helpful. Those with strong writing skills are highly encouraged.
Overall, strong communication skills and a positive, can-do attitude are essential!
Based in Washington, D.C., the Advocacy Center is a unit of the Global Markets/Commercial Service (GM/CS) bureau of the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public-sector contracts with overseas governments. We work closely with Commercial Offices within U.S. embassies and other diplomatic missions overseas.
The Advocacy Center helps to ensure that U.S. exports have the best possible chance competing abroad. Advocacy assistance is wide and varied but often involves companies that want the U.S. Government to communicate a message to foreign governments on behalf of their commercial interest in a competitive bid contest.
*If you are interested in applying for the internship, please email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to Tim Lord (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also contact Tim for any questions you might have.*
To find out more about the Advocacy Center, visit our website at www.trade.gov/advocacy