USTR Internship Program

Program Description

The intern program at USTR is a semester-long, volunteer program in which undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students 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 all 26 departments of the Washington, DC office.

The program timeframe and application deadline for each session is as follows:

Sessions Program Timeframes Application Deadlines
Spring January - April November 15th
Summer May - August March 15th
Fall September - December July 15th

Due to the fact that this is a volunteer program, USTR does not provide stipends. No assistance with housing or other relocation expenses are available. However, we can provide a transportation subsidy to assist with local commuting costs to and from the DC work location.


Applicants must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • 18 years of age or over at the time of application
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university (2-4 year institution), or have graduated in the past 2 years from undergraduate or graduate school.
  • Selected applicants will be required to obtain a favorable security determination as a prerequisite to employment.

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.

Application Process

In order to be considered, you must apply for a specific opening using the Resumator system.  Click Here to apply.  We recommend uploading your resume in the PDF format.

While your application will be available for review by all offices, it is helpful if you identify your specific areas of interest. If an office expresses interest, applicants will be contacted directly by that respective office for an interview. Once all slots are filled, the remaining unselected applicants will receive notification

For additional information on the program, please contact USTR Human Resources at (202) 395-7360.