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Student Volunteer Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in an internship with the U.S. Commercial Service in Algeria. Internship opportunities are available in the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. While this internship is unpaid, the opportunity offers a rewarding experience working with the U.S. Commercial Service in a challenging environment with many collaboration opportunities with U.S. companies.

The Commercial Section is charged with helping U.S. firms export their goods and services to Algeria. To accomplish this mission, we offer a variety of resources and services to assist U.S. companies entering the market.

Interns must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled students or students who are between school semesters for no longer than five months (there are few exceptions). All internships are unpaid and we cannot assist with airfare, housing or other expenses. An official letter of recommendation can be provided at the conclusion of your internship, and many universities will award academic credit for your work.

The purpose of the program is to provide college students with "hands-on" experience working in a commercial section of a U.S. Embassy.

The types of work which an intern might do are quite varied and may include:

  • Following Algeria’s developments in specific market sectors and briefing Commercial Officers on those developments.
  • Undertaking research for, and writing, issue- or industry-related reports. Ability to conduct French-language research is particularly helpful, but not required.
  • Providing assistance to Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists conducting Department of Commerce services and participating in meetings, conferences, and/or other trade-related activities.
  • Assisting the Commercial Service on policy related initiatives, including policy analysis, business advocacy, technical assistance to the companies, and assistance to U.S. companies on Algeria’s trade system.
  • Drafting and/or editing non-sensitive English language correspondence.
  • Conducting business analysis.
  • Assisting with trade conferences and trade shows.
  • Assisting with U.S. government, state or industry delegations.

The duration of the internship generally follows that of the academic calendar. Applicants with good English and French language ability and commercial/trade experience will be given priority.

Summer – Application Deadline: February 28th
Fall
– Application Deadline: May 31st

American students interested in interning with us, please first send a resume and cover letter to the intern coordinator in the embassy.

If you are selected for the internship, we will then ask you to submit the following applicable documents (3 and 4 will be completed by FCS Algiers):

1. Fair Credit Report Release Statement

2.  Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration (Males only--applicants can access Selective Service Online Verification at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfVerification.aspx to confirm registration)

3. Position Description

4. SCO/RSO Position Description Review Statement

5. Volunteer Service Agreement document

6. Declaration of Federal Employment

7. Resume

8. Required Information - Provided by Student

9. Fingerprints

10. Post Submission Checklist

If an applicant receives provisional acceptance to the internship program (pending background and credit check) the applicant then completes and signs the applicable documents and returns them to FCS Algiers: Nathan.Seifert@trade.gov.

Again, please do not prepare these documents until you are requested to do so. Upon receipt of the above information, the United States government will conduct a background and credit check on each applicant. This process may take up to two months and no internship can start before the background check is complete.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to hearing from you. Please direct your inquiries to our internship coordinator at post: Nathan Seifert, Nathan.Seifert@trade.gov.


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