International Trade Internship

US Department of Commerce

US Commercial Service

Are you ready to:

Interact with top-level Executives across a variety of industries +

Collaborate with colleagues located around the world +

Learn how public and private sectors work together to promote international trade?

Join the dynamic environment of international business as an intern with our office in Indianapolis!

Previous interns have moved on to work in a variety of capacities at both public and private institutions such as:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce Headquarters
  • Monarch Beverage
  • Indiana University
  • Roche
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Others have chosen to continue learning at higher education institutions around the world including the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University College of London.


Based on your interests and goals, along with the current needs of the office, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks and projects to help improve and support:

  • Congressional Outreach
  • Marketing and Networking
  • Cross Agency Coordination
  • Event Management
  • Industry and Market Research
  • Social Media Management


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Undergraduate junior or senior enrolled in an Accredited University
  • Ability to accept unpaid position – flexible hours available
  • Interest in international marketing, sales, or law Organized & efficient worker
  • Ability to learn new programs quickly
  • Strong research skills
  • Demonstrates consistent professionalism
  • Creativity, Initiative, & Drive
  • Must pass background check

Major Areas of Study:
We welcome students from diverse academic backgrounds, and encourage those focused on Business, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy & Administration, International Relations, International Business, Marketing, Communications, Sociology, Geography, and History to apply.

Quotes for Previous Interns

“Whether looking to enter the Federal Government or business arena, an internship with the Indianapolis Export Assistance Center will provide you with valuable experience. Its staff offers years of experience and personal mentoring on international trade issues ensuring that you will gain the most from the very real responsibilities you are given. Helping clients identify and develop new markets for their products or navigate the complexities of rules of origin and the harmonized tariff schedule, you will personally make a tangible difference for Indiana businesses. The skills developed and connections made through an internship with the U.S. Commercial Service in Indianapolis will be invaluable to your future endeavors.”

  • Horn, Fall 2012

“Although I did not go into the field of international economics and trade, the skills gained during my internship at the Export Assistance Center in Indianapolis, such as professional communication, market research, professional etiquette and networking, were invaluable and transferable across industry lines. I have been able to apply what I learned during my internship to my current role at Indiana University”.

  • Hayes, Summer 2011

For other internship opportunities with the U.S. Commerce Dept. and other government agencies, please visit these sites: - Search 'internship'

To Apply

Email resume & cover letter to:

Mark Cooper, Director, U.S. Commercial Service in Indiana,

Applicants desiring University credit for their Internship should apply 8 weeks before their intended start date to allow for adequate processing time. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. Additional materials such as work samples and references are welcome.