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Commercial Service Intern
Trade Assistant

Position Outline

The Commercial Service in San Jose has for many years offered challenging and rewarding internships for American Undergraduate and Graduate students currently enrolled in a university program specializing in international business, economics and marketing. Strong business analysis, excellent writing, and communication skills are a must. Spanish command is an asset.

The intern will mostly assist with trade development and promotion activities associated with international partner searches, trade missions, trade events, company list preparation and trade shows. The intern will also answer general trade inquiries from American companies requesting information on doing business in Costa Rica and Costa Rican companies seeking American products and services, both by the phone and at the Commercial Library. Clerical work will be part of the everyday assist to the commercial specialists and assistants. The intern will occasionally work with a commercial specialist conducting market research and drafting reports based on timely market information or comprehensive analysis of a particular industry sector in Costa Rica

Internships are available throughout the year, and the typical internship runs for approximately fifteen weeks. The internships are unpaid, and interns must provide for their own needs (housing, travel expenses, health insurance, etc.) while in San Jose. Depending on the university's departmental procedures, the intern may have the option of earning academic credit.

Benefits of the Internship

Gain valuable on-the-job experience; improve verbal and written business communication skills; increase professional contacts (Costa Rican and American); enhance resume, and open doors to future career opportunities.

In order to be eligible for this program, the potential candidate must be:

1. 18 years of age or older.

2. Available for at least 3 months.

3. Enrolled in school.

To apply

Please contact Mr. Emilio Cordoba three months before start date, Administrative Assistant.

Emilio Cordoba
Tel. 506 2519-2203
Apartado 920-1200
Email: Emilio.Cordoba@trade.gov