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Seattle U.S. Commercial Service Internships
(Not a paid position)

Internship Eligibility:
Those interested in the intern position must be American citizens and be currently enrolled in a college or university. Professional communication skills, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn are essential skills for those interested in the position. The minimum time commitment for the Commercial Service internship is three months; 12 - 16 hours per week.

Major Areas of Study:
Business, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Marketing, and Communications.

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

Daily Job Activities:
Interns become involved in the daily operational aspects of our office and work closely with the international trade specialists. They assist the specialists in research projects or market analysis, support coordinating events, as well as performing other light clerical and administrative support duties.

The interns will become familiar with and learn the importance of the U.S. Commercial Service domestic and international network of offices and export-related services. The U.S. Commercial Service is co-located with the Small Business Administration and shares the same floor as the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington/U.S Export-Import Bank and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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.

Our office is highly automated with access to international databases and an advanced telecommunications network. Opportunities may 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.



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