SelectUSA Internships

Gain valuable experience in foreign direct investment

SelectUSA has vacancies for unpaid internships in Washington throughout the year on a semester basis. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and insight into business investment in the United States, international capital flows, and U.S. investment policy. Learn more about us.

Qualifications and Eligibility

All interns are required to be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program. Selected candidates must meet minimum security requirements by submitting to a background check upon arrival.



Summer 2016 interns

Strong candidates have: 
  • Academic and/or professional experience in international relations, international or general business, management, public policy, economics, international investment and/or trade issues
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • An ability to work independently, and are self-motivated
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional computer skills (including MS Office applications like Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
If you are interested in applying for a specific team, please read the descriptions below and specify your team preference in your cover letter. If you do not indicate a team preference, your application will be considered for a non-team specific internship.

Priority will be given to candidates who are available full-time (35-40 hours per week), but part-time hours may be considered.

Application Requirements

Email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), as one combined PDF attachment to us. Be sure to include your first and last name in the file name. In your cover letter, please include the dates of your availability and specifically address your interest in SelectUSA, how you would help support SelectUSA's mission, and how the selected internship aligns with your future goals. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Deadlines

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis for spring, summer, and fall semester internships.  Submission deadlines are:

Summer (May - August): April 15
Fall (September - December): July 15
Spring (January - May): December 1


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Photo of SelectUSA interns, summer 2017

Photo of a summer intern giving a presentation, 2017

Types of Internships

Investment Services Internship

Duties will range across all aspects of the operation, including handling incoming investor inquiries; significant assignments in research, writing, and economic analysis; generation of reports, PowerPoint presentations, talking points, and briefing materials for U.S. government officials; and other related administrative and research activities.

Strong candidates have academic or professional experience in international investment and trade, international relations, and/or economics.

Events Internship

Duties will be centered on event logistics, strategic planning, program execution, risk management, development of event content and providing administrative support to the events team in the production of large-scale events. The Events intern will gain valuable skills in a fast-paced environment, as an integral member of a hard-working team. 

Strong candidates have experience or interest in event management, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
 

The Department of Commerce team at Hannover Messe 2016

Communications & Outreach Internship

Duties will range across all aspects of the operation, including handling incoming investor inquiries; significant assignments in research, writing, and economic analysis; generation of reports, PowerPoint presentations, talking points, and briefing materials for U.S. government officials; and other related administrative and research activities. Communications interns will also assist with Twitter tactics, write tweets, draft email marketing messages, research potential partner organizations, and other related duties.

Strong candidates have academic or professional experience in public relations, marketing, and/or journalism.

Office of the Executive Director Internship

Duties will range across all aspects of front office operations from policy coordination, strategic planning, and program execution, to administering correspondence, research, assisting with speech and presentation development, and other day-to-day tasks in support of senior leadership.

Strong candidates have excellent organization and multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, as well as interest in U.S. foreign direct investment, policy coordination, and strategic planning. 

Operations Management Internship

Duties will range across all aspects of business program operations from budget/finance/accounting, budget formulation and execution, contracts and procurement, strategic planning, program execution, risk management, and workforce planning/management, to measuring program efficiency and effectiveness through evaluation and analysis, performance measures and metrics, client satisfaction, and business process improvements.

Strong candidates have academic or professional experience in finance/financial management, human resources, and accounting.