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  • Internship Program Overview
  • Who is Eligible?
  • What Will I do? 
  • Will I Be Paid?  
  • Will I Have Insurance?  
  • How Do I Apply?  
  • Application Deadlines

Internship Program Overview

The U.S. Commercial Service office in the United Arab Emirates (CS UAE) promotes international trade by helping U.S. companies export their products and services to the UAE. We also assist UAE companies in their effort to source U.S. products or represent U.S. firms.
 

Our work-study intern program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding opportunity to gain international business experience and learn how companies develop and implement foreign market-entry strategies.  Interns will have the opportunity to learn how the U.S. Commercial Service advises U.S. firms in the UAE as they search for partners, establish distribution channels, and troubleshoot business challenges. The program provides interns with hands-on experience with client projects, market research, a wide range of trade promotion and business development activities and provides opportunities to gain exposure to and network with U.S. and local businesses across all sectors in UAE.

Who is eligible?

In order to participate, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Students currently enrolled in a college/university or those who have been accepted in a school for the quarter/semester following the internship.  Students must be returning to complete their education following the internship
  • Long-term availability: minimum twelve weeks, preferably 20-30 hours per week
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and computer skills
  • Basic Arabic skills desired but not required

Our program is competitive with only a few available positions each semester. Selection is made without regard to considerations of ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, or disability. Potential interns must receive a positive security check by the U.S. Government prior to the start of an internship.

What will I do?

Intern duties vary, but usually include:

  • Conducting market research and analyzing market trends
  • Assisting in organizing trade delegations and exhibitions
  • Managing commercial events and other official functions
  • Helping American companies find information, identifying UAE agents and distributors
  • Assisting UAE companies seeking information about American exporters
  • Organizing e-marketing campaigns
  • Administrative and logistical support for office-wide projects

Will I be paid?

This is strictly a volunteer internship; interns will receive no monetary reimbursement for their work at CS UAE. Interns must provide for their own needs (housing, travel expenses, health insurance, etc.).

An official letter of recommendation will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the internship.  Some universities will award academic credit for your work.

Will I have insurance?

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

How do I apply?

If you are interested in interning with us, please complete and sign the following forms and return to our intern coordinator:

Ms. Rasha Mahamood
Budget Analyst
U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, UAE
Rasha.mahamood@trade.gov

Tel: +971 2414 2593

You may download copies of these forms from the web links below:

Non-U.S. Citizens

o DS 174 Application for Employment

o DS 174 Addendum

o Volunteer Service Agreement Form (signed by university and student)

U.S. Citizens

In addition to the above forms, U.S. citizen applicants are also requested to submit the following forms:

o Fair Credit Report Release Statement

o SF85P - Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions

o Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration Verification Form

o Required Information Sheet

No intern application will be considered until we receive all of the above documents. Upon receipt of the above information, the United States government may conduct background and credit checks on you.

Application Deadlines

Please submit your materials 30-40 days prior to beginning your internship.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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