Job title: Unpaid Internship (Online), Spring 2021
Industry Monitoring and Analysis Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration (ITA), United States Department of Commerce
About this Internship:
1. The aluminum and steel industries are important for U.S. trade policy given their role in many sectors of the economy and infrastructure of the United States. These industries are especially relevant to current trade policy because they are central to many trade disputes and covered by numerous trade measures in countries around the world. The Industry Monitoring and Analysis Unit (IMAU), within Enforcement & Compliance’s Office of Policy, makes information widely available by publicly monitoring early U.S. import trends in the steel industry along with other manufacturing industries. This allows the public to make market-based decisions and helps implement Commerce’s aluminum and steel strategies.
2. This virtual internship will give the successful candidate first-hand exposure to the implementation of public trade policies on both a national and international level. The incumbent will have the opportunity to learn about tools the government has available to address trade distortions in the manufacturing sector, as well as learning how to identify and evaluate trade trends and investment patterns that affect global aluminum and steel trade. In addition, this internship will provide an understanding of potential trade-related career paths in the U.S. Federal Government.
3. The intern or interns selected will primarily assist the IMAU team with their responsibilities of monitoring U.S. imports of aluminum and steel mill products, and global trade/investment patterns in the steel industry. Tasks will include helping to draft reports that inform the public about recent developments in the world’s largest steel importing and exporting countries and conducting research into trade distortion patterns on aluminum, steel, and other industries. The intern may also assist in preparing briefing materials for Commerce and other agency officials.
4. In the Spring 2021 semester, the selected interns will complete the internship online and will be expected to maintain regular communication with IMAU team members through Skype, Microsoft Teams, email, and other online communication.
Desired knowledge, languages, skills, abilities, and/or experiences needed to successfully achieve the deliverables of this assignment:
- Ability to multi-task; work in a multi-faceted environment.
- Excellent research and writing skills.
- Strong skills using Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel.
- Looking for a highly-motivated and detail-oriented individual who has the ability to work as part of a team.
- Candidates should have an interest in and some knowledge of international affairs.
- Minimum of 14 hours per week, for at least one full semester, with the possibility to extend into the summer, unpaid internship.
- U.S. citizen.
About International Trade Administration – Headquarters: The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.
Education Criteria and Who May Apply: Undergraduate (rising Junior, or Senior) or Graduate student, major in Economics, Political Science/Government, International Studies/Comparative Politics, Law/Pre-Law, International Trade/Finance, Sociology, Applied mathematics, Accounting, International Business, Public Administration, or related field. Applicants must plan to be enrolled full-time in the Spring 2021 semester and be U.S. citizens capable of providing proof of citizenship if selected.
We will start reviewing applications on a rolling basis as soon as they are received and the application will be open until midnight on Sunday, November 29, 2020, or as soon as a suitable intern or interns have been selected.
Update (11/10/2020): Due to the large number of qualified applicants who have already applied, this internship is closed.
This internship may not remain open until November 10, if suitable applicants are found before then, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. Please submit the following required application materials:
2. Short (1-2 page) cover letter addressing why you want to intern with IMAU and what academic or work experiences qualify you for the position. Please address your cover letter to: Derek King, Intern Coordinator.
3. Unofficial transcript
4. Apply through Handshake.
For additional questions please email Derek.King@trade.gov