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Internship Opportunities in Vietnam

Internship Program Overview

The U.S. Commercial Service offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City promote international trade by helping American companies export their products and services to Vietnam. We also assist local companies in their effort to source American products or represent U.S. firms. 

Our work-study intern program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding opportunity to gain international business experience and learn how companies develop and implement foreign market-entry strategies.  Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how the U.S. Commercial Service advises American firms in Vietnam as they search for partners, establish distribution channels, and troubleshoot business challenges.

This program is designed to provide hands-on experience with client projects, market research and a wide range of trade promotion and business development activities. While our interns often work as part of teams, we encourage our interns to develop their own projects and initiatives throughout the semester. Interns will have tremendous opportunities to gain exposure to and network with U.S. and local businesses across all sectors in Vietnam.

Who is Eligible?

In order to participate, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • United States citizenship. 
  • Students currently enrolled in a college/university or those who have been accepted in a school for the quarter/semester following the internship.  Students must be returning to complete their education following the internship.
  • Long-term availability: minimum twelve weeks, preferably 40 hours per week.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and computer skills.
  • Basic Vietnamese skills desired but not required.

Our program is highly competitive with only a few available positions each semester. Selection is made without regard to considerations of ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, or disability. Potential interns must receive a positive security check by the U.S. Government prior to the start of an internship.

What will I do?

Interns play an active role in assisting our office deliver a wide range of support services to our client companies.

Intern duties vary, but usually include:

  • Conducting market research and analyzing market trends
  • Organizing Trade Delegations and Exhibitions
  • Managing commercial events and other official functions
  • Helping American companies find information
  • Identifying Vietnamese agents and distributors for American companies
  • Assisting Vietnamese companies seeking information about American exporters
  • Updating this website
  • Administrative and logistics support for office-wide projects

Will I Be Paid?

No. Federal regulations prohibit financial compensation and foreign government rules usually prohibit financial compensation without a work permit. But upon completion of the internship, an official letter of recommendation can be provided and many universities will award academic credit for your work.

Interns must provide for their own needs (housing, travel expenses, health insurance, etc.)

The U.S. Commercial Service will provide an invitation letter to support your applicant for a visa to Vietnam.

Will I Have Insurance?

Unfortunately, no federal government insurance can be provided and no federal government liability is assumed.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in interning with us, please complete and sign the following forms and return to our intern coordinators:

Ms. Le Giao
U.S. Embassy Annex
Rose Garden Building
170 Ngoc Khanh, 3rd Floor
Hanoi, Vietnam

Or:

Ms. Linh Luong
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Consulate General
4 Le Duan Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

You may download copies of these forms from this website.

1. Fair Credit Report Release Statement. Download here: Fair Credit Report Release Statement

2. Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration (for males only). Download here: Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration Verification Form

3. Volunteer Service Agreement (signed by university and student). Download here: Volunteer Service Agreement Form

4. Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306). Download here: Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306)

5. Current Resume

6. Required Information Sheet. Download here: Required Information Sheet

No intern application will be considered until we receive all of the above documents. Upon receipt of the above information, the United States government may conduct background and credit checks on you.

Application Deadlines

April 15 for Fall Semester (starting in September)

August 15 for Spring Semester (starting in January)

January 15 for Summer Term (starting in May)

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If you have any questions, please contact Linh Luong via email at Linh.Luong@trade.gov or Le Giao at Le.Giao@trade.gov.

We look forward to hearing from you!