USTR Internship Program


Program Description

The intern program at USTR offers paid and volunteer opportunities 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 most departments of the Washington, DC office.

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

Sessions Program Timeframes Application Deadlines
Spring January - April November 15th
Summer May - August  April 15th (or once 200 applications are     received)
Fall September - December August 27th (or once 100 applications are received)

USTR does not provide stipends, assistance with housing, nor any other relocation expenses. However, we can provide a transportation subsidy to assist with local commuting costs to and from the DC work location.


Volunteer/Paid  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.

Applicants interested in the paid fall program must meet the specific criteria and qualifications of the job announcement.  In order to be considered, you must apply for an opening.  Click Here to apply.

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.

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.  We welcome and encourage all interested applicants to apply.

For additional information on the program, please contact USTR's Human Capital Office at (202) 395-7360.