The U.S. Department of Commerce, Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center is pleased to announce internship opportunities for local, enrolled college students in the Philadelphia region. We provide firms with direct sales leads, help them establish contacts with prospective overseas business partners, and offer promotional vehicles to introduce their products and services worldwide. As the principal federal government resource for international trade development and assistance, the U.S. Export Assistance Center offers a unique internship opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in international business. In this position you will have the ability to correspond with foreign diplomats and overseas staff within embassies, on behalf of international trade specialists consulting with U.S. companies. You will also have the opportunity to interact with senior staff in the Philadelphia office.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Evaluate global opportunities for the purpose of presenting to targeted business groups.
  • Prospective client follow up calls.
  • Campaign support to generate attendance at trade shows and events.
  • Maintain database by entering, verifying, and backing up data
  • Create marketing materials and campaigns.
  • Conduct global market research.
  • Support staff before/after major international trade shows.
  • Aid and attend trade seminars.
  • Work with office staff in consulting on global market entry strategies.

 Job Requirements

  • A relevant (for example, Marketing, Economics, International Relations, Political Science or Business) major is not required, but is preferred.
  • Interest or experience with graphic design is a plus 
  • Excellent telephone communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to effectively manage time, meet deadlines, and balance multiple priorities
  • The ability to work independently and proactively, yet cooperate and fit into a team
  • A strong and consistent academic background, solid analytical skills, and the ability to present information – written and orally – in an organized, logical manner

Strong candidates will have marketing expertise, an ability to build strong relationships with clients and the internal staff, and possess problem solving and organizational skills.

What requirements are there to be considered for the internship?

*You must be a U.S. Citizen
*You must be a currently enrolled student or a student in the process of transitioning to another educational institution, whether it be undergraduate or graduate school

*You must be able to work a minimum of 16 hours per week during the Fall/Spring school semester and 24 hours per week in the summer

*You must be available during the entire duration of the internship. Our internship periods span at least 8 months.

Students with a wide mix of skills have completed successful internships with us, with majors ranging from business, cultural studies, languages, economics, and political science.  In short, we look to your capabilities, motivation and attitude more so than a specific major or grade point average when evaluating our candidates. Some general qualifications include a strong and consistent academic background, solid analytical skills, and the ability to present information – written and orally – in an organized, logical manner. We look for evidence of personal motivation, resourcefulness, initiative and professionalism. This intern program is on a volunteer basis and is unpaid but a travel stipend is provided. Off-campus work-study eligibility can usually be applied to this program and academic credit may also be offered. It is the responsibility of the interested student to arrange work-study and class credit with their educational institution.

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Iris Kapo at Iris.Kapo@trade.gov

For more information, please contact:

Iris Kapo, International Trade Specialist
U.S. Export Assistance Center Philadelphia
The Curtis Center
601 Walnut Street, Suite 580 West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-597-6101
Fax: 215-597-6123
E-mail: Iris.Kapo@trade.gov



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