Military Internships

The Commercial Service has a limited number of unpaid student internships available throughout the country for active and transitioning military considering careers in international business. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for consideration. Applicants must be enrolled no less than half-time in an accredited college or university.

Eligability:
-Must be U.S. citizens, students must be enrolled at least part-time in a college or university.
-Military personnel must be on active duty or transitioning

Required Skills: Proficient typing skills, data entry skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Lotus Notes; Proficient internet skills using Microsoft Internet Explorer, knowledge in information retrieval, search engines and cut/paste skills; and basic telephone etiquette skills, fax knowledge, and e-mail proficiency.

Responsibilities: Throughout the internship the student will conduct a host of duties that range from responding to telephone inquiries concerning international trade to international market research. The value of the internship is centered on the research that the student will perform for the Middletown office staff. Students will research manufacturing and service companies to determine the extent of their international activities, assist companies in locating foreign agents and distributors for their products and services, and pursue foreign sales leads provided by commercial officers at U.S. Embassies abroad.

Interns will assist trade specialists:
-Conducting world class market research
-With trade events that promote products or services to qualified buyers
-Introduce qualified buyers and distributors
-Provide counseling and advocacy through every step of the export process

Benefits:
-Interns will also have the opportunity to work on individual projects. Such projects may include recruiting for Foreign Trade Delegations and Trade Shows, and organizing Foreign Buyer Programs, taking part in trade development meetings with American and foreign government officials and executives in key industries, writing on international trade and regulatory issues involving trade negotiations, and promoting industry trade events to the international community.
-Learn more about commerce and U.S. Agencies.
-Apply classroom theory to real work situations.  (May be worth college credits)
-Become more knowledgeable about general work functions in business fields.
-Identify and/or test interests and talents.
-Investigate organizational cultures.
-Learn career-related skills.
-Identify transferable skills.
-Strengthen written and oral skills.
-See if a selected career path is one you truly wish to travel.
-Find out what it's like to work in a business environment.
-Enhance and strengthen your resume.
-Make contacts to gain future employment (Build your Network!).
-Bridge between college and work.
-Stimulate new interest in academic course work and frequently develop an interdisciplinary perspective.
-Gain an increased awareness of skills, attributes, personal qualities and values.

Duration of Internship:
Internships are usually for a period of three months and can be extended. The internship is a voluntary effort. No funds are available to cover any costs incurred during this internship. We request that an intern have at least 24 hours per week to dedicate to the internship.

Email your resume and completed application  to Melissa Grosso at: melissa.grosso@N0SPAM.trade.gov 

For more information call (860)638-6950

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