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Internships in France for American & French Students
U.S. Commercial Service – U.S. Embassy Paris
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Want to have a positive impact on job creation in America?

Want to get hands-on experience in international trade and commercial diplomacy?

Want to live in Paris while you do it?

The U.S. Commercial Service France offers year-round unpaid internship opportunities where you can do all of the above.

What We Do

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. We provide a range of services and programs to help American companies export goods and services to foreign markets and to encourage and facilitate inward investment into the United States.

The U.S. Commercial Service France at the U.S. Embassy in Paris analyzes information on the French market, facilitates contacts with French businesses, promotes U.S. products in the French and European marketplace, and advocates U.S. business interests. We assist trade missions to France and provide logistical support to U.S. companies holding product launches and exhibitions.

What Our Interns Do

Interns are given assignments that will provide exposure to a full range of our activities and services and every attempt is made to provide meaningful and experiential learning opportunities. Assignments may include the following:

  • Collecting and analyzing information for market research reports
  • Responding to enquiries from U.S. Companies
  • Assisting in the preparation of trade events and trade missions
  • Assisting with our matchmaking services that help U.S. companies find partners and distributors in France

We accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer Internships. Please note interns do not receive any compensation and no housing or financial assistance is available.

To qualify, you must be:

  • a junior, senior or postgraduate student
  • available to work for a minimum of 3 months
  • able to work full time (35 hours per week)
  • currently enrolled in an accredited American College or University and returning to school after the internship ends
  • in possession of a U.S. passport or a French passport (host country national)

French language ability is a plus

****Summer 2014 Internship Application Period is now closed.  Fall and Winter 2014 applications are now being accepted.****

Application for an internship is a two-step process. Interested students should first submit:

  • a cover letter
  • your resume
  • a writing sample

Contact Information/To Submit Applications

Ms. Isabelle Singletary

U.S. Commercial Service

U.S. Embassy Paris

Tel: + 33 1 43 12 70 63

Fax: +33 1 43 12 70 50

Email: office.paris@trade.gov

Once initial applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be required to complete a full application package for a security assurance check. Internships are awarded only after a successful clearance has been obtained. Note that due to security clearance requirements applications must be received at least three months prior to proposed start date.

Please click here for a list of required documents for the second phase of the application process.

Links to web sites outside the U.S. Government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names within U.S. Commercial Service web sites are for the convenience of the user. Such links and use do not constitute an express or implied official endorsement or approval by the United States Department of Commerce of any private sector web site, or of the products or services of specifically identified companies or of any of the private entities that may have contributed to a U.S. Commercial Service web site.