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U.S. Commercial Service London Internship Program

About the Internship Program

Please note:

  • We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2015.
  • NEW DEADLINE – Summer 2015 deadline for submitting applications: January 19, 2015

The U.S. Commercial Service has an active internship program throughout the year, and we welcome applications from suitable candidates to work alongside our staff at the U.S. Embassy in London.

The U.S. Commercial Service is the export development and inward investment arm of the United States Government and our office in the U.S. Embassy London is one of the most active in the world.

Our work pursues two key objectives:

  • To assist U.S. companies with their efforts to enter the UK market through representation, direct sales, licensing agreements, or joint ventures.
  • To assist UK companies in forming business relationships with U.S. companies by representing U.S. products, importing goods, or through joint venture and licensing arrangements.

To support these objectives, our office counsels U.S. companies, analyzes information on the UK market, facilitates contacts with UK businesses, promotes U.S. products in the UK and European marketplace, and advocates U.S. business interests.

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Intern Duties

The intern’s work assignments will provide exposure to our full range of activities and services. Every attempt is made to give hands-on experience where appropriate. It must be stressed, however, that the immediate requirements of the mission program must take precedence over other considerations.

Intern assignments may include:

  • Collecting and analyzing information for use in market research reports
  • Responding to enquiries from U.S. companies
  • Assisting our staff in the preparation of trade events and trade missions
  • Assisting with Gold Key clients and visits. Our Gold Key service helps U.S. companies to find partners and distributors in the UK.

While we prefer interns with International Business, Business Administration or Marketing majors, we will consider all appropriate applicants.

Please note that interns do not receive any compensation, and no housing or other financial assistance is available.

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In order to qualify for an internship, potential candidates should be:

  • Juniors, Seniors, or Postgraduate students during the semester of their internship
  • Available for a minimum of three months (maximum six months)
  • Able to work full-time (five full days per week)
  • Enrolled in an accredited American or British academic program and returning to studies immediately after the internship
  • In possession of a U.S. passport or a British passport (host country national)
  • If the candidate is studying in the UK (whether American or British), we require a written confirmation from their UK university that the internship is part of their coursework

All acceptances are subject to a security clearance prior to beginning work at the Embassy, which generally takes 3 months to complete. Please ensure to allow a sufficient amount of time to process both your application and security clearance.

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How To Apply

Please note:

  • We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2015.
  • NEW DEADLINE – Summer 2015 deadline for submitting applications: January 19, 2015

If you are interested in an internship with the U.S. Commercial Service's London office, please send at the address below:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter
  • a 3-page writing sample
  • two letters of recommendation

Candidates may submit their resume, cover letter, and writing sample together and then ask that their references be sent to the Internship Coordinator separately. However, please note that only complete applications will be reviewed.

This information must be received by our office well in advance of your intended start date. Once received, applications will be reviewed by our office and successful candidates will be invited to interview. If offered an internship, you will be asked to complete a number of security forms and a fingerprint card, and you will need to provide a photocopy of your passport. As stated above, there is a 90-day lead time for security processing which is in addition to our office's review of your application, so it is essential that you submit your application early.

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Internship Program Flyer

If you wish to display this opportunity in your university’s Career Center or would like to send a copy of our flyer to an interested student, please use the following link to download our flyer:

Download the U.S. Commercial Service UK Internship Flyer

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CSUK Internship Video

This video is made by Interns for future/prospective interns at the US Commercial Service in London. Our goal is to give students an "insiders" look into what we do on a daily basis. Watch the video

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Contact Information

If you require any further information or would like to submit an application, please contact:

Stephanie Mulot
Internship Coordinator
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 1AE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 0430
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7894 0020
E-mail: Stephanie.Mulot@trade.gov

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Internship Program Flyer
CSUK Internship Video
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