U.S. Commercial Service – North Dakota

Export Assistant Internship Job Description


The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its goal is to help small and medium size companies expand exports. Trade Specialists in the United States help prepare companies for the export process; while overseas staff help companies enter the market.

This internship is a professional position. The student will assist the North Dakota Trade Specialist in preparing market research, analyzing company-by-company prospects in different markets, liaising with partner organizations, managing events, updating databases, and increasing export volume for North Dakota.

We will be happy to assist the student in receiving academic credit.


  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in an accredited school
  • Graduate students considered
  • 3.0 + GPA
  • 20 hours a week
  • Strong interest in international trade
  • Business skills and experience are a plus
  • Agribusiness and knowledge of agricultural equipment a plus
  • International travel experience / foreign language proficiency is helpful
  • Good interpersonal and phone skills
  • Excellent oral communication
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and internet. Comfort using computer is essential.


  • Conduct market research using the tools provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. This includes internet market research and literature review
  • Research regulatory, documentation requirements, country issues, commodity classifications, etc. for North Dakota companies
  • Assist in event management – ordering supplies, calling companies, designing invitations, logistical setup, etc.
  • Help prepare for state-sponsored Trade Missions
  • Assist in managing the database of exporters through the export process

Application instructions

Please submit a resumé, a 1-2 page writing sample, and references to:

Heather Andrea Ranck

International Trade Specialist


(701) 239-5080