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Internship Program Opportunity


U.S. Commercial Service - Silicon Valley

55 South Market Street, Suite 1040, San Jose, CA 95113, USA


As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service is the premier federal agency that helps companies to achieve exporting success. Our office in Downtown San Jose is part of a global network of more than 100 domestic offices and 150 international offices. We assist U.S. companies with entering international markets and with increasing export sales and market share by providing market research, introducing foreign buyers to U.S. exporters, and advocating on behalf of American business interests in more than 80 countries worldwide!        


What is the work environment?              


We are a team of highly motivated professionals with a range of international business expertise. We are responsible for providing high-value advice and guidance to companies making strategic business decisions. These decisions typically involve evaluating and entering new markets, increasing market share, resolving problems with overseas customers, financing export sales, product licensing, and selecting a distributor who will increase their company’s sales. Because we know how vital these decisions are, and that the market never sleeps, we emphasize accuracy and speed.  


What can you expect from this internship?        


Our internship program is designed to provide real world experience to compliment academic lessons in international trade, international business, economics, and international affairs. 


Through hands-on experience, interns will come to have a solid understanding of:  

  • confronting small to medium sized companies in the international marketplace                         
  • of international trade in a regional economy                                                                                                
  • that confront policy makers as they attempt to open international markets for U.S. products              


As part of the internship program, interns work closely with International Trade Specialists. Interns help to develop and prepare market research, match local companies with international opportunities, and answer export related questions from a wide variety of sources. Additionally, interns will also have the chance to work on special projects.           


Interns have the opportunity to plan, recruit for, and host seminars that feature government officials, visiting overseas staff, and market and industry specialists from Washington D.C. Interns schedule appointments for the visiting staff and accompany the visitors to the meetings to provide assistance. Interns are often given the responsibility of representing our office in a variety of venues. We believe in giving interns responsibility for projects and mentoring them as they develop.  


Though the internship is unpaid, the valuable experience gained during the program can prove to be very beneficial in the future, especially if the intern is interested in working for the federal government. Please contact your school for more information and program details. If you are seeking paid Federal employment, please visit for a complete listing of job announcements.  




Qualities We Look For in an Intern:         

  • interest in professional experience to compliment academic background
  • analytical skills                                                                                                                                      
  • and professionalism                                                                                                          
  • communication and interpersonal skills

Eligibility Requirements             


  • must be a U.S. citizen.                                                                                                                                       
  • must be at least a half-time student pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree.                       
  • must be able to work 16 hours a week minimum during the fall/spring terms or 24 hours a week minimum during our summer term during our business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM.)                                                                                                                                                                      



Our internship program has 3 different terms (Spring, Summer, and Fall).  We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 term. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2016. The Fall 2016 internship will take place from October 1, 2016 – March 1, 2016. If you are a student interested in pursuing an internship with us and meet the eligibility requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to our Intern Coordinator at, with “Fall 2016 Internship” in the subject line.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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