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Internship Program

The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in The Hague is comprised of an American officer and five local employees.  The function of this overseas office of the U.S. Department of Commerce is to promote U.S. business interests in the Netherlands.

The activities of the U.S. Commercial Service are organized by industry sector, with each of the three Commercial Specialists responsible for specific industry sectors. The intern will work closely with the three Commercial Specialists on a variety of trade-related projects.

Intern job description

  • Complete an in-depth analysis of the Dutch market for a specific product sector
  • Identify Dutch agents and distributors for U.S. exporters
  • Assist with appointment making for our Gold Key matchmaking service
  • Support the organization of seminars and conferences
  • Process FUSE and BSP requests (refer to other pages on this website)
  • Input of data into our CMS commercial database
  • Assist in the preparation of short, topical reports covering the Dutch market, which are of interest to U.S. exporters
  • Respond to incoming business inquiry correspondence from both U.S. and Dutch firms
  • Respond to incoming telephone calls
  • Assist with trade and other events taking place during the internship
  • Assist with day-to-day office tasks


1. Interns must have either Dutch or U.S. citizenship

2. Dutch-language proficiency is required, English language skills are a bonus

3. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite (Word, Excel)

4. Internships are on a NO-PAY BASIS

5. Interns should be available for at least four months

6. All applicants will be subject to a detailed background security check, which takes eight weeks on average, before the internship can begin

Worldwide U.S. Government policy on interns is that they must be enrolled in full-time study course.

For more information, please contact office.thehague@trade.gov or tel. 070-3102417.


The application procedure is as follows:

1. At a minimum, candidates must meet the qualifications described above

2. Candidates must complete and return the forms listed below in a timely fashion

3. An interview (to get acquainted and to ensure we can meet each other's expectations)

Send your motivation letter and CV and print, complete and return the four forms below by mail. 

Send the information to:

U.S. Embassy / Commercial Service
Lange Voorhout 102
2514 EJ Den Haag
The Netherlands

Note: The school must also sign the Volunteer Service Agreement document

buyusa.gov/netherlands/en/of612.pdfOF612 (PDF, 132KB)

buyusa.gov/netherlands/en/sf85p.pdfSF85P (PDF, 513KB)

erlands/en/consumer_credit_report.pdfConsumer Credit Report (PDF, 18KB)

s/en/volunteer_service_agreement.pdfVolunteer Service Agreement (PDF, 46KB)

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