Read About the Experiences of Some of Our Recent Interns

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Juliane R. Sun, July 2013 – December 2013

My experience as an International Trade Assistant at the U.S. Commercial Service has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my professional career thus far. I was tasked with daily challenges to assist clients in their export needs, recruit new interns, and support Director George Tastard with anything from managing to-do lists to calendaring appointments. The amount of knowledge and confidence I’ve gained through this experience is sure to benefit me in my post-graduate endeavors.

While the internship required a tremendous amount of time, dedication and hard work to keep up with the demands of the USEAC, I view the experience as an invaluable investment in my future career, whatever that may be. Not only am I leaving the Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center as a stronger candidate for employment on paper, I am also a far more organized, ambitious, and confident individual.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations with a focus on East Asia

Hometown: Fremont, CA

E-mail: julsun@ucdavis.edu

Jeanette Marlene Ramirez, April 2013 to November 2013

Having the opportunity to participate in this dual internship program has proved to be an invaluable experience. While school gives a theoretical foundation, this program serves as the practical experience necessary to well round any student. The experiences I have attained through this internship has made me a strong candidate for any employment opportunity of my choosing. Having firsthand experience communicating professionally with commercial specialists, business owners, and directors from around the world has given me the skills and confidence I will use in all professional settings I encounter. I look forward to adding this experience to my Curriculum Vitae, as I am certain it will serve me well. I appreciate and am grateful to Director George Tastard, Ms. Gordillo, and the rest of the staff for mentoring and assisting me to become the best professional in my pursuit to success.

School: California State University, Sacramento

Major: B.A. in Economics, Minors in Business Administration and Communications

Hometown: Yuba City, CA

Email: JeanetteMarlene@icloud.com

Kyle Dedriksen, January 2013 to August 2013

Over the past 7 months, I participated in this highly intensive internship which helped me acquire important skills, necessary to be successful. I began to feel empowered and pushed myself past the boundaries of my own comfort level. The ability to communicate effectively is the biggest asset and professional skill I will take away from this internship I am confident in transferring the skills I gained to any professional setting.

This internship provided me the opportunity to perform the role of a U.S. Trade Specialist. I truly enjoyed my time here and felt challenged to perform new responsibilities. I really felt like the more I put in the more I would get out of the experience.

School: California State University Sacramento

Major: Government, International Relations

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Email: kcd413@yahoo.com

Tran Ha, October 2012 to April 2013

Interning for the U.S. Department of Commerce has been a rewarding learning experience. This internship has given me a tremendous leverage in understanding global commerce, government-to-business and business-to-business relationships, and business cultures. I had the opportunity to participate in international conference calls with clients and our colleagues abroad. I also attended business meetings between director George Tastard and local companies. Through these daily interactions, I learned to communicate and conduct myself professionally. The exposure to the different industry sectors has also expanded my knowledge of international trade. Overall, my experience as an intern has made me a more competitive and well-rounded candidate for a career in international business.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: Managerial Economics

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA

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Kathleen Parsons, August 2012 to January 2013

Working for the U.S Department of Commerce, Commercial Service has been a fantastic opportunity. I did not have any prior experience in international trade, but on completion of this internship I have gained a foundational understanding of the complexities of the business world, including fast pace office environments and dynamic trade show floor experience. It’s evident to say that the internship has provided me with a substantial opportunity for personal growth that has prepared me for life after college as I’ve acquired skills needed in the business world. Learning to manage my own time amongst two organizations as well as separate clients was a challenging but fulfilling experience. The opportunity to meet new people and fellow interns has been a rewarding experience, and now I have friends all over the country and in several countries worldwide.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: Sociology

Minor: Global and International Studies

Hometown: Turlock, CA

Email: Kathleen.Parsons34@gmail.com

Jessica Smith, May 2012 to November 2012

My experience at the Sacramento U.S. Export Assistant Center has helped me flourish into a young professional. I gained many skills as International Trade Assistant and Intern Coordinator such as; building strong relationships with U.S. Commercial colleague’s overseas and clients, conducting international market research, and managing multiple clients.

This opportunity has helped me cultivate a strong foundation that will ultimately contribute to a successful career. This experience has provided me the confidence I need in the business profession and I am truly thankful for this opportunity.  I highly recommend this internship for people looking to learn about international trade. 

School: California State University Sacramento

Major: Public Relations 

Hometown: San Ramon, California

Email: smith.jessica.m89@gmail.com

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Angie Acosta, April 2012 to October 2012

My experience at the U.S. Sacramento Export Assistance Center has been very rewarding. This internship has prepared me to work in a professional high activity environment. Through the guidance of Director George Tastard, I have learned important skills: such as assisting and advocating for U.S. business interests abroad and most importantly, developing and maintaining communication with U.S. Commercial colleague’s overseas, clients and fellow interns.

This internship has provided me opportunities to grow and to apply the knowledge I acquired from school into a real world setting. This experience has given me the passion to pursue other endeavors in this industry. My time as an intern has been a life changing opportunity and I am forever grateful for the experience.

School: University of California, Sacramento

Major: International Business

Hometown: Elk Grove, California

Email: angieacosta88@gmail.com

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Ibraheem Husnein

My experience working with Sacramento U.S Export Assistance Center was amazing. Being able to work with a diverse and talented group of professionals has been incomparable. This internship exposed me to the exciting world of global business. As an International Trade Assistant with the Sacramento USEAC I was exposed to a wide variety of different businesses that are exporting products all over the world. The skills I learned prepared me for the real world of international commerce; by assisting businesses expand their products to new markets overseas. This internship was very challenging and rewarding and was a very influential experience.

School: California State University Sacramento

Major: International Business

Hometown: Sacramento CA

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Brian Saunders, January 2012 to July 2012

Working at the Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center has been an invaluable experience. When I came here I never would have expected to work with such a diverse and dedicated group of individuals. While working here at the Sacramento USEAC I have learned how to manage multiple tasks, write business letters and e-mails, manage multiple client files, the process for small business to export, problem solving, and much more. I enjoyed the opportunity to use my knowledge and past experiences to help real small businesses to export globally. This internship has shown me what my strengths and weaknesses are and has helped prepare me for the civilian world.

School: Sacramento State University

Major: International Relations

Home Town: Beale AFB, California

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Marius Iordache, November 2011 to May 2012

Being part of dedicated team of professionals at U.S. Department of Commerce was a great experience for me and for my future career in International Relations. As an International Trade Assistant for U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center in Sacramento, California I had the best hands on experience in the real world of international trade and intergovernmental agencies. I am amazed with the level of knowledge and amount of information that is given to interns here at the Export Assistance Center in Sacramento related to business strategy, business consulting and trade strategies along with the professional education of the business world. I encourage anyone to take this step before launching their careers in the real world.

School: Cosumnes River College, Sacramento

Major: International Relations

Home Town: Sacramento, California

E-mail: mfiordache@ucdavis.edu

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Yalda Tarin, September 2011 to April 2012

When I first started working for the U.S. Department of Commerce as an international trade assistant, I never knew I would gain so much experience and knowledge. Interning for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Sacramento, California is one of the best experiences I have ever had. As an economics major, I was able to apply concepts of economics to the real life concepts of world trade. Not only have I gained knowledge about the international trade, I have also gained knowledge of working in a professional environment as well as in a business setting in preparation for a future career in the economics sector. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the professional world and would like to become a leader in the future.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: Economics

Home Town: Brentwood, California

Email: yatarin@ucdavis.edu

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Nina Barias, October 3, 2011 to April 11, 2012

Working with Director George Tastard and my colleagues at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Sacramento is an experience I will never forget. The internship is not for everyone trying to get a “glimpse” of what the real world is like; it’s for students who want to get their hands dirty and dive into the world of international business and international trade. It surpassed all of my expectations in every aspect, and allowed me to manage my own time accordingly with the clients I was delegated. I appreciate and grateful for the director that he has allowed me to work with real clients, sitting on conference calls, and communicating daily with professionals who are in the business of international trade. Being a Family Consumer Science Major, this internship expanded my horizons and has greatly developed my skill set in the area of international trade, and it has led me to believe that I will definitely pursue a career path in that area for many years to come. I am confident that the abilities that I have developed through this internship experience will allow me to excel in anything I set my mind to in the future.

School: California State University, Sacramento

Major: Family Consumer Science

Concentration: Apparel Marketing and Design

Hometown: Sacramento

Email: Ninavbarias@gmail.com

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Ethan Jaffe, July 2011 to January 2012

When I began the Internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Sacramento I could not have known how much useful information I would be gaining. As someone hoping to pursue a career involving international business and trade the experience was valuable beyond measure. Though I have gained a great deal of theoretical knowledge on the international system through my classes, this internship gave me real world experience and understanding.

School: University of California, Davis
Major
: International Relations

Home Town: Davis, California

Email: efjaffe@ucdavis.edu

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Martina Szeto, July 2011 to January 2012

Over the past six months, I have learned a tremendous amount and have acquired invaluable skills while working at the Sacramento US Export Assistance Center. I have been able to work on a variety of tasks as an International Trade Assistant, and can say that I was given a high degree of responsibility and independence in the workplace. I worked closely with Director George Tastard and Senior Trade Specialist Tony Hill on various projects ranging from conducting customized market research for clients to communicating and coordinating with Commercial Service posts abroad. I am very grateful for the amount of time that Mr. Tastard has invested in my professional development. Not only has this internship far exceeded my initial expectations, but it has given me the confidence and skills needed to pursue a career in International Business. This internship has been a great opportunity and I highly recommend the internship to anyone who is looking to gain experience in an international business environment.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations, Communication

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Email: Szeto.Martina@gmail.com

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Thu Nguyen, July 2011 to January 2012

Having the privilege to work with the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Sacramento was an invaluable experience. Working in this high activity office has taught me how to manage and prioritize my time efficiently. Through learning how to manage conference call, draft business emails, do market research, arrange clients’ matchmaking services, and training other interns, I have improved my professional and administrative skills. In addition, being able to communicate with the people in my office, clients, and overseas specialists on a daily basis has enhanced my ability to hold my own in a professional setting. This internship is for anyone who wants to get a taste of the real world work life.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: Managerial Economics, International Relations

Email: alilthumuch@yahoo.com

Hometown: San Jose, CA

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Nirmal Patel, June, 2011 to August, 2011

Interning at the Sacramento USEAC, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce has far surpassed my initial expectations. The experience has been fulfilling and very rewarding. From participating in conference calls with companies interested in exporting their products and services to performing market research for clients, working with Director George Tastard and Senior International Trade Specialist Tony Hill has truly been a pleasure. It means a lot to me that someone in their positions can provide me a glimpse of international business as I prepare to enter the workforce. Their support and guidance has allowed me to develop effective writing and communication skills, critical for the international business sphere. I am certain that these acquired skills will be applied in my future endeavors. In this respect, I found the internship to not only provide me an understanding of working professionals but also a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. I would definitely recommend this internship to those who are looking for a challenging but rewarding internship experience. I feel privileged to say that I worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and have no regrets.

School: University of California, Irvine

Major: International Relations

Hometown: San Mateo, CA

Email: patelnirmal@gmail.com

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Jessica Lam, February to August 2011

This internship has certainly empowered me to enter the real world by teaching the needed skills that are often not covered in class. Working in this high-activity office has granted me the ability to prioritize while being exposed to the difference aspects of international trade.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: Statistics and Economics

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Email: jessica.py.lam@gmail.com

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Marina Khan, January to July 2011

Over the past six months I have learned a tremendous amount working at the Sacramento US Export Assistance Center; all of which I will be able to take with me and apply to my future workforce endeavors. From the beginning of my internship I was challenged and entrusted with a great deal of responsibility regarding various companies and exporting needs.

School: University of California Davis

Major: International Relations

Hometown: Newark, CA

Email: mkkhan@ucdavis.edu
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Viktoria Smolikova, January 2011 to July 2011

When I first came to the US Department of Commerce I had absolutely no idea what International Trade Relations were and all I wanted was to get an idea of how the real world actually works. Before the internship at US Department of Commerce I took some economics and political science courses, but it was all theoretical knowledge. When I began working at US Department of Commerce, I started getting the practical experience. Instead of reading about theories and ideas in class, I did the real work of understanding and overcoming those barriers on a daily basis.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations, Russian

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Email: smolikovav@hotmail.com

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Zubair Masood, November 2010 to May 2011

Six months ago when I first walked into the U.S. Sacramento Exports Assistance Center- library, I had never thought I would walk away one day with invaluable experience and skills necessary to succeed in a professional world filled with unique challenges every day. As a student in International Relations and History, it was truly a wonderful opportunity to work as an International Trade Assistant at the U.S Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service. During my 6 month tenure, I learned about local businesses and expanded my knowledge in international trade and global markets. On a day to day basis, I worked with numerous Northern California companies to assist them in expanding export sales all around the world.

School: University of California Davis

Major: International Relations

Minor: History

Hometown: Folsom, CA

Email: zubairmasood23@gmail.com

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Ada Jang, July, 2010 to January, 2011

My internship experience at the Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center has been quite a journey. This internship has definitely prepared me to work independently in a professional fast-paced environment. This internship provided me with invaluable opportunities to work with trade professionals around the world. I was able to work with clients step by step throughout their whole exporting process from first establishing contact overseas to following up and recording their export success stories. It was very refreshing to know that I was able to contribute and impact clients’ export successes. As an International Relations major, I was given the opportunity to apply the knowledge I acquired from school into a real world setting. The experience and knowledge I have attained from this internship has undeniably fostered my growth as an individual as well as strengthened the confidence needed for my future career path.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations

Minors: Communication and Education

Hometown: Hayward, California

Email: adajang89@yahoo.com

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Jessica Hsu, March, 2010 to September, 2010

Interning at the Sacramento Export Assistance Center has truly been an invaluable experience. I have gained more insight and understanding about exporting and international business. I have learned life-long skills such as learning to better manage and prioritize my time and I have grown to be more independent and professional. I enjoyed interacting with clients and Commercial Service posts from around the world and took pleasure in assisting and watching clients go from pursuit to export. I was delegated a lot of responsibility from administrative tasks and event planning, to performing market research and attending important meetings among other things. Six months may seem like a long time but this internship is a worthwhile experience. What I have gained from this experience will definitely be useful in my future endeavors.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations

Minors: Chinese and Psychology

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Email: jessicahsu88@gmail.com

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Yevheniya Erwin, March , 2010 to September, 2010

Interning with the Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center as an International Trade Assistant was an invaluable experience. Not only have I expanded my knowledge of international trade and business but I have also gained practical business experience. My day to day work in this fast-paced, high-activity office included direct intercontinental communication between executives of local companies and organizations, Commercial Specialists and Government Officials abroad. I have also performed market research as well as Bureau of National Affairs research, and assisted in other business facilitation services.

School: University of California, Davis

Major: International Relations and Communication

Hometown: Kherson, Ukraine/Davis, CA

Email: Yerwin21@yahoo.com