Internships

USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress. Our mission, USTDA Mission Statement, is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while simultaneously helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs. In addition, USTDA supports U.S. policy objectives related to development and capacity building activities. USTDA meets its mission by providing grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges. USTDA’s website is located at www.ustda.gov.

Program Internships

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency accepts student internship applications on a rolling basis to fill positions in the regional programs of East Asia, South East Asia, Sub Sahara Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, North Africa, Europe & Eurasia, as well as in our Global Programs, Congressional and Public Affairs, Grants and our Economic/Evaluations offices. An internship focused on supporting the agency's Energy Sector Team is also available.

All internships take place in our office located in Arlington, Virginia and are available year-round to students who are U.S. citizens and who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or post graduate program with a focus on international business, trade, or finance; economics; public relations or communications. All internships are unpaid. All student interns are eligible for mass transit subsidy. A security clearance is required and will be sponsored by USTDA. USTDA requests a 40 hour work week for a 12 week period during the summer; a minimum of 20-25 hours per week for a 12 week period is requested during the academic year.

Deadlines for application submission are as follows:

  • Summer (May-July) placements: January 15
  • Fall (September-October) placements: April 15
  • Winter/Spring (January-February) placements: August 15

If interested, please submit a resume, letter of recommendation, unofficial transcript, and a cover letter indicating the area of assignment preference and dates of availability.

Applications can be emailed to Carolyn Hum at or faxed to 703-656-4810.

Legal Internships

The Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) accepts applications for legal internships from first or second year law students. Strong writing and analytical skills coupled with excellent work and academic credentials are essential. A demonstrated interest in international affairs and business is helpful. U.S. citizenship is required and interns will need to obtain a security clearance prior to start of the internship. All legal internships are unpaid. USTDA requires a commitment of 40 hours per week over a 10 week period. USTDA legal internships are available during the summer only. Applications for the upcoming summer are accepted through Friday, January 3, 2014. Any intern seeking credit for an internship must make his/her own arrangements with their law school.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript (undergraduate transcript if law school transcript is not available) and writing sample to Anna Katselas via email at , via fax at 703-875-4009, or via U.S. mail to 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209.

Program Evaluation Office

The Program Evaluation Office of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) accepts applications from students interested in program monitoring and evaluation work. A description of the Evaluation Office can be viewed here. Interns will assist in researching the outcomes of USTDA's funding, and be given the opportunity to learn about the export of U.S. goods and services as well as development benefits realized by foreign country grantees benefiting from USTDA funding. This will require interacting with individuals both inside and outside the Agency, manipulating large sets of data in the Agency database as well as in Microsoft Excel, and providing written analysis of conclusions. Interns exhibiting exceptional analytical and written skills may be invited to develop one or two research projects that complement academic pursuits and the needs of the Agency.

Deadlines for application submission are the same as above, under "Program Internships". Candidates with prior work experience should highlight their understanding of international business and/or foreign assistance. Candidates with education experience should highlight knowledge of these topical areas as well as any practical use of data analysis (statistics, data driven research papers, etc.). All candidates should describe regional or country specific experience/interests as well as language capabilities. A 40 hour work week for a 12 week period during the summer, or a minimum of 20-25 hours per week for a 12 week period during the academic year is requested. Internships are open only to students that are enrolled in school during the time of the internship, U.S. citizens and individuals that can pass a security clearance process, which is sponsored by USTDA. All USTDA internships are unpaid; however all interns are eligible for D.C. metro area mass transportation subsidy. Any intern seeking credit for an internship must make his/her own arrangements with their school. If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, two references, and unofficial transcript indicating dates of availability to .

Global Programs Team

USTDA is accepting applications for an intern to work with the Global Programs Team. The intern will have the opportunity to help shape an exciting new initiative that is a top priority for the Agency – The Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI). The GPI works with emerging economies to create transparent, open procurement systems in order to foster sustainable investments and level the playing field for greater international competition. USTDA is collaborating with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank under the GPI to develop sound value-based procurement practices in developing markets. USTDA has also partnered with the George Washington University Law School's Government Procurement Law Program to design programs and training under the GPI. More information is available at www.ustda.gov/gpi.

Intern responsibilities will include researching partner country procurement practices, developing project memorandum for potential USTDA funding, and supporting ongoing partner country programs. Candidates will be evaluated on their research and evaluation skills and familiarity with international business and/or foreign assistance. Candidates should describe any regional or country specific experience as well as foreign language skills in their application. To apply for a Winter/Spring 2015 internship, please submit a resume, letter of recommendation, unofficial transcript, and a cover letter that includes dates of availability to Lauren Ziegler at by September 15, 2014. For eligibility requirements and additional details, refer to the "Program Internships" section above.