The U.S. Commercial Service Internship Experience
Are you interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment full of challenge? How about sharpening your job skills while building your resume? Or perhaps you would like to compliment your academic expertise with international business training? If this sounds interesting, don't miss out on an opportunity to help U.S. companies engage the international marketplace!
As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service is the premier federal agency that helps companies to achieve exporting success. Our office in Downtown Baltimore is part of a global network of more than 100 domestic offices and 150 international offices. We assist U.S. companies with entering international markets and with increasing export sales and market share by providing market research, introducing foreign buyers to U.S. exporters, and advocating on behalf of American business interests in more than 85 countries worldwide!
What is the work environment?
We are a team of highly motivated professionals with a range of international business expertise. We are responsible for providing high-value advice and guidance to companies making strategic business decisions. These decisions typically involve evaluating and entering new markets, increasing market share, resolving problems with overseas customers, financing export sales, product licensing, and selecting a distributor who will increase their company’s sales. Because we know how much vital these decisions are, and that the market never sleeps, we emphasize accuracy and speed.
What can you expect from this internship?
U.S. Commercial Service’s Baltimore office serves the entire state of Maryland. Our internship program is designed to provide real world experience to compliment academic lessons in international trade, international business, economics, and international affairs.
Through hands-on experience, interns will come to have a solid understanding of:
As part of the internship program, interns work closely with International Trade Specialists. Interns help to develop and prepare market research, match local companies with international opportunities, and answer export related questions from a wide variety of sources. Additionally, interns will also have the chance to work on special projects.
Interns have the opportunity to plan, recruit for, and host seminars that feature government officials, visiting overseas staff, and market and industry specialists from Washington D.C. Interns schedule appointments for the visiting staff and accompany the visitors to the meetings to provide assistance. Interns are often given the responsibility of representing our office in a variety of venues. We believe in giving interns responsibility for projects and mentoring them as they develop.
Though the internship is unpaid, the valuable experience gained during the program can prove to be very beneficial in the future, especially if the intern is interested in working for the federal government. If you are seeking paid Federal employment, please visit http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
for a complete listing of job announcements.
Qualities We Look For in an Intern
If you are a student interested in pursuing an internship with us and meet the eligibility requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to Jolanta Coffey at Office.Baltimore@Trade.gov
For more information, please contact:
Jolanta Coffey, Senior International Trade Specialist
US Commercial Service/ U.S. Export Assistance Center Baltimore
300 West Pratt Street, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21201