Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

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USTR Internship Program  program

Program Description
The intern program at USTR offers paid opportunities in which students, recent graduates, and veterans may 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 most departments of the Washington, DC office.

All internships at the EOP will pay a stipend of $750 per week for full-time participation (minimum of 35 hours per week) and $375 per week for part-time participation (15 – 34 hours per week).  Living accommodations and relocation support will not be provided. However, we can provide a transportation subsidy to assist with local commuting costs to and from the DC work location.

Eligibility Requirements
Program participants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years or older before the first day of the program, and meet at least one of the three following criteria:
  1. Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two- to four-year institution).
  2. Graduated from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two- to four-year institution) no more than two years prior to the first day of the EOP Internship Program.
  3. A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, no more than two years prior to the first day of the EOP Internship Program
Note: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions. 

All interns must indicate their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to the start of the program and must adhere to any White House-determined COVID-19 protocols, including but not limited to testing, masking, and/or social distancing.  We are continuing to monitor the public health landscape related to COVID-19, and we will modify our approach to creating a safe and healthy work environment as the situation continues to evolve.  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.  The Executive Office of the President reserves the right to disapprove tentative selectees based on screening results.

USTR’s Internship Program supports academic credit requests.  While we do not arrange academic credit for you, if your academic institution hosts an academic credit program, we can work with you and your institution to accommodate these actions.

How To Apply
Both part-time and full-time opportunities are typically available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.  Submissions will only be accepted during the application periods outlined below.  USTR will accept a maximum number of 100 applications each session, therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later in the application period.  

Fall 2022
•    Program Start Date: September 12, 2022
•    Program End Date: December 15, 2022
•    Application Open Date: June 13, 2022
•    Application Close Date: June 24, 2022
•    Application Link: 

Spring 2023
•    Program Start Date: January 23, 2023
•    Program End Date: April 14, 2023
•    Application Open Date: October 3, 2022 
•    Application Close Date: October 14, 2022
•    Application Link: 

Summer 2023 (tentative dates – to be confirmed)
•    Program Start Date: May 22, 2023
•    Program End Date: August 11, 2023
•    Application Open Date: February 27, 2023
•    Application Close Date: March 10, 2023
•    Application Link: 

We welcome and encourage all interested applicants to apply.  Fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace is one of our top priorities.   At USTR, we celebrate our diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  The unique contributions each employee brings to the table make us a stronger, more resilient and more effective team.

Check back later for additional details on future programs!