USTR Internship Program
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.
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.
Please submit the following materials by the application deadline. Applications must be submitted by EMAIL to email@example.com or FAXED to 202-395-9677
- USTR Internship Application Coversheet – click here to upload and attach to your application
- Resume – a current resume that includes a current address, e-mail address, and telephone number
- Cover Letter – briefly states the reason for applying and your expectations for the internship. Please also state your dates of availability, the approximate number of hours per week you are able to work, and any language expertise as well. Please remember to identify in your cover letter the regional or functional area of interest within our agency where you would be interested in working.
Applications will be received by the Intern Coordinator and circulated to interested senior staff for consideration. If an office expresses interest, applicants will be contacted directly by the office for an interview.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Ms. Taiwo Erskine
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Human Resources - Intern Coordinator
1724 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20508
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.