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Internship Opportunities in Peru

Commercial Service Intern

Trade Assistant

Position Outline

Internship opportunities are available in the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima – Peru and offer a rewarding experience working with the U.S. Commercial Service.

The Commercial Section is charged with helping U.S. firms export their goods and services to Peru. To accomplish this mission, we offer a variety of resources and services to assist U.S. companies entering the Peruvian market.

The Commercial Section has had numerous interns in the past. We have been fortunate to have had hard working, responsible and personable interns and believe interns greatly add to our already pleasant work environment.

Interns must be currently enrolled students or students who are between school semesters for no longer than five months. All internships are unpaid and we cannot assist with airfare, housing or other expenses. An official letter of recommendation can be provided and many universities will award academic credit for their work.

The purpose of the program is to provide college students with "hands-on" experience working in a commercial section of a U.S. Embassy. Post determines its own criteria for intern applicants. Please contact directly the intern coordinator at the post (milka.sambrailo@trade.gov).

The types of work which an intern might do are quite varied and may include:

Following Peru's developments in specific market sectors and briefing Commercial Officers on those developments.

  • Undertaking research for, and writing, major market opportunity reports, published in the National Trade Data Base maintained by the Department of Commerce.
  • Providing assistance to Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists conducting Department of Commerce services and participating in meetings, conferences, and/or other trade-related activities.
  • Assisting the Commercial Service on policy related initiatives, including policy analysis, business advocacy, technical assistance to Peruvian companies, and assistance to U.S. companies on Peru's trade system.
  • Assisting the Commercial Service and intellectual property officers on intellectual property related issues, including work on patent, trademark, copyright and enforcement related issues, training Peruvian government officials and advising companies, throughout Peru.
  • Drafting and/or editing non-sensitive English language correspondence.
  • Conducting business analysis.
  • Developing and/or launching new Commercial Service products, including web site design.
  • Assisting with trade conferences and trade shows.

The duration of the internship is minimum three months. Applicants with good English and Spanish language ability and commercial/trade experience will be given priority.

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

18 years of age or older.

Available for at least 3 months.

Enrolled in school.