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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: mailto: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.

To Apply

Documentation Cover Sheet for American Students

Please send your resumé together with a cover letter (via e-mail) at least 4 months before your intended start date to Milka Sambrailo, Commercial Assistant.

If you have any additional questions please e-mail Milka Sambrailo.

Position Description

For a complete description of our internship position, please click here.

Guidelines for Interns

Here are general guidelines to keep in mind during your internship. They were developed based on questions we received from past interns.

1. How do I dress?
The Commercial Service office deals with the public. Therefore blue jeans and polo/T shirts are not recommended.

Men should have a jacket and tie for special occasions. It is ok for women to wear dressy pants to the office. The professional staff usually wears a suit, pantsuit or a dress. You must wear or carry your ID badge at all times.

2. Where can I eat lunch?
You can bring your own lunch or eat at the Embassy cafeteria for a reasonable price.

3. What is the office contact information?
Our telephone numbers is: (51-1) 618-2442.

4.What are your business hours?
Our hours are 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. When we have large projects we do work overtime to ensure they are successfully completed. The latest you may stay at the office is 7 pm.

5. What about mail and e-mail?
You should arrange to have mail delivered to the residence where you are staying. You will have an official email address about 3 weeks after arrival. You can access your personal email account from your desktop computer. Personal correspondence should be handled on your personal time.

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Following the successful completion of your internship, you will receive a written evaluation.


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