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U.S. Commercial Service Bangkok

Summer Internship Program

Deadline: February 1

Thank you for your interest in a summer internship with the U.S. Commercial Service in Bangkok! The U.S. Commercial Service seeks hard-working, responsible interns, preferably at the graduate student level.

Our mission is to assist U.S. companies exporting goods and services to the Thai market. To support this mission, we offer a variety of services that include Thai market research and analysis, introductions with Thai 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:

1. Be a U.S. Citizen

2. Be a student currently enrolled in a college/university OR have been accepted to a school for the quarter/semester following the internship. (Students must return to complete their education following the internship.)

3. Have long-term availability. (10 week minimum, 40 hours/week)

4. Possess strong computer skills.

5. Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

6. Be able to pass a credit and background check by the U.S. Government prior to starting the internship.

Do I need to be able to speak, read, or write in Thai?

No.

English is widely spoken in the office, but any Thai language skills will be greatly appreciated.

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.

Unfortunately, this is an unpaid internship. 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 Thailand?

No.

The short-term Non-Business or Non-Education visa does not permit applicants to work in Thailand. Additionally, you will need to provide proof of having sufficient funds to support yourself while in Thailand.

Will my airfare, housing, or insurance be covered?

No.

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

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in the internship, please submit the following items to our intern coordinator: Wimolluk Wongpitiwat (email: wwongpit@trade.gov )

  • Resume
  • 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: Stephen Anderson, Commercial Attaché.
  • Availability dates. (The minimum requirement is 10 weeks)
  • Email address, home address & telephone number

How long does the application process take?

Application can take up to 3 months to process and applying for the Thai visa can also take several weeks. Please ensure you have enough time before submitting your application.

What forms and visas do I need?

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

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  • A letter from your College/University verifying that you are currently enrolled and will be completing your education at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Copy of the photo page of your U.S. passport

VISA: For a 10 week stay in Thailand the Non-Immigrant Visa "ED" is recommended. Many interns choose the ‘Multiple Entries’ option in order to travel outside the Thailand during holidays and weekends. When applying, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

More information can be found on the Royal Thai Embassy website.

Testimonials

Testimonials from our former interns can be viewed here.

For further questions or to submit your application to please contact our intern coordinator:

Wimolluk Wongpitiwat (email: wwongpit@trade.gov )


Required Documents
Summer Internship Experience
Internship Program

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