Internships

The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative/ NEXT to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.


To broaden and deepen the U.S. exporter base, the International Trade Administration Strategic Partnership Program is leveraging partnerships with trade associations and private corporations. Through these innovative public-private partnerships, we are communicating to millions of U.S. businesses about global business opportunities through the International Trade Administration.

In doing so, the International Trade Administration Strategic Partnership Program creates triple win scenarios:

  • National export objectives are supported;
  • Partners deliver valuable information to help their customers and members grow; and
  • More small- and medium-sized businesses get the export assistance they need to be successful and maintain good American jobs at wages 13 to 18 percent higher than workers in non-exporting firms.

The Office of Strategic Partnerships provides internship opportunities to qualified students throughout the academic year. Our internship program is designed to provide real-world hands-on experience to complement academic lessons in international trade, international business, economics, and communications. Interns have the opportunity to broaden skills in outreach, communications, marketing, event management, and knowledge management. Interns should have strong analytical, data entry, communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong interest in promoting international trade and business.

Students must:

  • Be U.S. citizens;
  • Be at least a half-time student pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree; and
  • Be able to work 24 hours a week at a minimum.

Internships are offered at the Department of Commerce at 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20230 and are unpaid.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship with us and meet the eligibility requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to the Office of Strategic Partnerships. Please include “Internship Application” in the subject line, along with the term you are applying for (i.e. fall, spring, or summer).


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