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USTR Internship Program

Program Description

The intern program at USTR is a semester-long, volunteer program in which undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students gain knowledge and experience in conducting U.S. trade policy. Assignments may include research, analysis, statistics, and coordination of briefing books, report preparation, meeting and conference planning, letter writing, and covering meetings, hearings, and/or legislative markup sessions. Internships are available in all 26 departments of the Washington, DC office as well as at USTR’s offices in Beijing, China, and Geneva, Switzerland.

The following are the application timeframes and deadlines for each internship term:

  • Spring internships (January – April) – November 15st
  • Summer internships (May – August) – March 15th
  • Fall internships (September – December) – August 1st

Due to the fact that this is a volunteer program, USTR does not provide stipends. No assistance with housing or other relocation expenses are available. However, we can provide a transportation subsidy to cover local commuting costs to and from the DC work location.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • 18 years of age or over at the time of application
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university (2-4 year institution), or have graduated in the past 2 years from undergraduate or graduate school.
  • Selected applicants will be required to obtain a favorable security determination as a prerequisite to employment.

USTR is a drug-free workplace. Recent or current drug use is not acceptable, and selectees will be required to complete a confidential pre-employment security questionnaire that includes questions on alcohol and drug use. USTR reserves the right to disapprove tentative selectees based on information provided in this questionnaire.

Application Process

In order to be considered, you must apply for a specific opening using the Resumator system.  Click Here to apply.  We recommend uploading your resume in the PDF format.

While your application will be available for review by all offices, it is helpful if you identify your specific areas of interest. If an office expresses interest, applicants will be contacted directly by that respective office for an interview. Once all slots are filled, the remaining unselected applicants will receive notification

We also have Internship opportunities available in our Beijing, China office.  Click Here for more details and instructions on how to apply.

For additional information on the program, please contact USTR Human Resources at (202) 395-7360.

Voices of Former Interns

"My legal internship at USTR afforded me the opportunity to develop skills and contacts which have been instrumental in pursuing a career in international trade law."

Myles Getlan, Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration - U.S. Department of Commerce

"My internship at USTR allowed me to obtain a first hand view of how U.S. trade policy is formulated."

Keun Ho Bae, International Trade Attorney

"My experience at USTR gave me the opportunity to work closely with dynamic public and media affairs experts, while enhancing my knowledge of foreign economic affairs. I was able to develop my organizational skills, learn how to perform multiple tasks under strict deadlines, and work as a team player. Most importantly, I acquired the communication skills and professional background that helped me obtain a job on Capitol Hill after I graduated from college."

Elise Kenderian, Legislative Assistant - U.S. House of Representatives