Seattle USEAC Internships

Internship Eligibility:
Those interested in the intern position must be American citizens and be currently enrolled in a college or university. International Trade Interns are chosen through a highly selective process. Professional communication skills, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn are essential skills for those interested in the position. The minimum time commitment for the Seattle U.S. Export Assistance Center is three months, 10-16 hours per week.

Major Areas of Study:
All Business, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, International Relations, Marketing, Foreign Language, Communications, Geography, and History.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Karen Taylor, karen.taylor@trade.gov, describing:

  • current school enrollment,
  • major area of study,
  • time commitment availability, and
  • areas of interest

PLEASE NOTE: Due to increased security measures for approving new interns, please allow at least four weeks between the time of your application and your desired start date. Those applying for an overseas internship must begin the process at least six months before the anticipated starting date.

Daily Job Activities:
International trade interns become involved in the daily operational aspects of a high activity office and work closely with an international trade specialist. They assist the specialist by completing research projects, providing market analysis, and coordinating event development, as well as performing other light clerical and administrative support duties.

The interns also will learn to use and market the U.S. Commercial Service’s information databases. The system’s highly detailed economic trend and market analysis helps exporters identify and assess their potential overseas markets. Interns also will have the opportunity to develop export marketing and sales strategies by identifying established channels of distribution to penetrate new world markets.

The U.S. Commercial Service is co-located with the Small Business Administration and the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington/Ex-Im Bank, forming the U.S. Export Assistance Center and allowing interns the possibility of working on a variety of projects with other partners in the exporting process.

The U.S. Commercial Service:
The Commercial Service has 100 offices in the United States and over 100 overseas. Our goal is to promote the growth of U.S. trade on a global basis through the development and delivery of marketing and promotion services to American manufacturers, distributors and service sector firms.
We offer students a year -round volunteer internship program, giving them an opportunity to gain valuable practical business experience in the field of international trade. With offices in more than 200 cities around the world, we can provide internship opportunities both domestically and abroad.

Our office is highly automated with access to international databases and an advanced telecommunications network. Numerous opportunities will be available to interact with Washington businesses, foreign visitors, and U.S. Foreign Service Officers.

Our internship mission is to train the next generation of American international businessmen and women to become our clients or our colleagues. The most successful candidates have been the individuals who have the energy, enthusiasm, and desire to jumpstart their careers in international business. Our internships are available for those students looking to make a difference in the local, American and global economies.

Our Mission:
The mission of The Commercial Service is to support U.S. commercial interests in the United States and help small and medium sized companies export American made goods and services around the world. Our commitment is to:

  • Promote the export of U.S. goods and services, strengthen the U.S. economy, maintain job security, and create jobs;
  • Protect and advocate for U.S. business interests abroad;
  • Assist U.S. firms in realizing their export potential by providing counseling, overseas market information, international contacts, and trade promotion vehicles;
  • Support the export promotion efforts of other public and private organizations by partnering with others to create a full service export development infrastructure.

The Commercial Service recognizes that exporting is a critical part of ensuring a healthy future for the U.S. economy and American jobs. To maintain this, we champion the interests of U.S. business around the world. Our business is to help your business succeed.