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Summer Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in a summer internship with the U.S. Commercial Service in Kenya. Our mission is to assist U.S. companies exporting goods and services to the Kenyan market. To support this mission, we offer a variety of services that include Kenya market research and analysis, introductions with Kenyan businesses, promotion of U.S. products and advocacy work for U.S. businesses. Graduate students of economics, business administration, and international relations, will be benefit most from an internship with the Commercial Service.

Please read the information below to ensure you qualify for this program and have sufficient time for your application to be processed.

Who is Eligible?

To participate in our summer internship program, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Students currently enrolled in a college/university or those who are accepted in a school for the quarter/semester following the internship. Students must return to complete their education following the internship.
  • Long-term availability: minimum ten weeks, preferably 40 hours per week.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Good working knowledge of computer skills.
  • Must able to pass a credit and background check by the U.S. Government prior to starting the internship.

What will I do?

Intern duties vary, but can include:

  • Conducting market research
  • Monitoring the business environment and preparing reports and analysis
  • Providing assistance to Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists in carrying out their duties
  • Supporting trade missions and trade promotion efforts
  • Handling special projects of operational interest to the Commercial Service

Will I Be Paid?

No. Federal regulations prohibit financial compensation. But upon completion of the internship, an official letter of recommendation can be provided and many universities will award academic credit for your work.

Can I work while in Kenya?

No. The short-term Non-Business or Non-Education visa does not permit applicants to work in Kenya. Additionally, you will need to provide proof of having sufficient funds to support yourself while in Kenya.

Will my airfare, housing, and insurance be covered?

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

How Do I Apply?

The U.S. Commercial Service seeks hard-working, responsible interns, preferably at the graduate student level. If you are interested in an internship, please submit the following items to our intern coordinator: John Osura

  • A cover letter addressing why you want to be an intern, future goals, what you have to offer the Foreign Commercial Service, and how you hope to benefit from the internship. Please address your correspondence to Francis Peters, Senior Commercial Officer.
  • A copy of an up-to-date resume. The resume should include your past academic and work experience, computer skills, career goals, citizenship, and student status.
  • The exact time period that you will be available. The minimum requirement is 10 weeks.
  • Home address, telephone, and fax number in U.S.
  • Current email address

Once your application has been accepted you will need to submit the following paperwork to run credit and background checks. These forms can be downloaded from this page.

  • Copy of completed and signed Volunteer Service Agreement
  • Completed and signed Credit Report Release Statement
  • Copy of U.S. passport (pages with picture and personal information)
  • Form SF-85P, completed and signed
  • A letter from your college/University stating that you are currently enrolled and will be completing your education at the conclusion of the internship.
  • For male applicants only: the Selective Service Registration

Application forms can be downloaded below;

1. Volunteer Service Agreement

2. Credit Report Release Statement

3. SF-85P

4. Selective Service Agreement

How long does the application process take?

The deadline for summer internship applications is February 1 of each year. Application can take up to three months to process. Please ensure you have enough time before submitting your application.


Staff and student interns

Interns testimonials

“My internship at Global market has been rewarding. I gained a lot under the leadership of GM employees especially from the tasks assigned to me which enabled me to sharpen my professional skills and knowledge. I am now more conversed with the work environment/ culture and can easily adjust to any work environment. I feel confident that my experience at GM has transformed me into a valuable human capital and will continue to serve me well in all that I do.”

  • Njoroge - USIU

“I learned more in my three months with the Global Market Office than in any one year in a classroom, and I felt important and useful to office staff. I have been lucky enough to spend the past few months seeing the good that government can do— I will take these lessons with me and I will never forget this experience…I am a better person for having participated in this program."
- Isaac Kaaria - Strathmore University

I learned a lot from my time at the FCS Office—not only about the different ways things work at a state government level, but also about how to work as a team player in an office environment. This internship exceeded all my expectations! You will grow as an employee, but also as a person as a whole.”
- Fiona Kimwaki - USIU

This internship brought me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way. It reaffirmed my love for what I do, and seriously raised the bar for the quality and quantity of work I feel I am able to put out."
-Nicholas Nzyuko - Egerton University


"I learned more here than I ever expected, and grew as a professional and as a person. This is the best internship I have had so far—I feel privileged to have been a part of this team."
- John Mugi – Strathmore University

"This experience is something that can change your entire life. Being around individuals—many of them quite young—who are so excited about public service and government is refreshing and energizing. The people you work with will be so knowledgeable and intelligent that you’ll feel yourself gleaning so much understanding about the way government works from the very place that our state government originates. There’s no better place to intern if you’re interested in government--honestly."
- Shadrack Mwania - USIU

"The Global Market Internship Program is a great opportunity for current students…and was an overwhelming experience.  This program took me away from my comfort zone and allowed me to explore how the government operates.  I am grateful. I made this decision to apply and encourage others to do the same." 
-Veronica Luvuyi – KCA University

Please direct any questions or submit your application to intern coordinator John Osura.

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