Internship Resources

We encourage all students to seek out internships while working on completing their degree programs. For opportunities specific to the Yeutter Institute learn about the Yeutter Student Scholar Award and the institute's internship partnership with the Washington International Trade Association in Washington, D.C.
The following list details organizations to consider if you are interested in the field of international trade. This is to serve as a resource; the Yeutter Institute is not connected with these programs. Please directly contact the sponsoring organization for more information and consult Career Services for additional support when seeking out and applying for internships. 

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative - Washington, D.C.
"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."

Timeline: Summer session, apply by March 25th; Spring session, apply by November 15th; Fall session, apply by July 15th.

U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, D.C.
The Department of Commerce Internship Program places interns in offices across the department. When applying, applicants indicate their office preferences. "The International Trade Administration (ITA) is one participating office. ITA’s mission is to create prosperity by strengthening the global competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. To accomplish its mission, ITA has defined six goals: advance U.S. international and commercial strategic interests; enhance U.S. competitiveness in international markets; broaden and deepen the U.S. exporter base; identify and resolve unfair trade practices; foster excellent relationships with customers and stakeholders; and achieve organizational and management excellence."

Timeline: Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis for summer, spring, and fall sessions.

U.S. Department of Treasury - Washington, D.C. 
"Treasury’s Departmental Offices (headquarters) student internship program is an unpaid opportunity to support Treasury’s work in promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. Students can work in one of many offices which make up Treasury Departmental Offices (headquarters).  Departmental Offices is a collection of divisions that are primarily responsible for development of courses of action in the areas of economics, finance, and national security as well as for the overall management of the Treasury Department."

Timeline: Spring, apply in October; Summer apply in December; Fall apply in June.

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C. 
"The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment."

Timeline: Summer session, apply September-November);  Fall session, apply February-March;  Spring session, apply May-June.

Virtual Student Federal Service Internship, Department of State
"The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world. It is a U.S. Department of State-run program to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of engagement. Working from home or college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, Virtual Interns are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts and domestic federal offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. Students work remotely on projects up to 10 hours per week from September to May, and can have a flexible schedule during the school year. This allows students to meet both their academic and virtual internship goals. Virtual Intern duties and responsibilities vary according to the needs of the sponsoring office. Projects may be research-based, reporting on human rights, economics or the environment, for example. Or they may be technology-oriented, designing web pages or coding."

U.S. Senate: Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations - Washington, D.C.
Senate committees offer internships with the majority and minority party and are listed independently of each other. Often preference is given to applicants from the chair or ranking member’s home state. Senate offices also accept interns. Opportunities are posted to the Senate Internship Opportunities Bulletin

Timeline: Summer, apply mid-spring. Internships may be offered in the spring and fall as well and should be confirmed with each member office and committee. 

U.S. House of Representatives: Ways and Means Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee - Washington, D.C.
House committees offer internships with the majority and minority party and are listed independently of each other. Often preference is given to applicants from the chair or ranking member’s home state. Congressional offices also accept interns. Deadlines for summer programs are typically mid-spring.

Timeline: Summer, apply mid-spring. Internships may be offered in the spring and fall as well and should be confirmed with each member office and committee. 

U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) - Washington, D.C.
The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that fulfills a range of trade-related mandates. They provide analysis of international trade issues to the President and the Congress. The Commission is a highly regarded forum for the adjudication of intellectual property and trade disputes. The Commission's mission is to "investigate and make determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate U.S. intellectual property rights; provide independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade and competitiveness; and maintain the U.S. tariff schedule."

Information about the Internship Program can be found at USAJOBS.

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - Washington, D.C.
"U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is America’s development bank. DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today. -- DFC’s unpaid Student Internship Program offers challenging opportunities to more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate students each year. DFC internships offer valuable experience that contribute to educational and professional growth, and may be applied in any future employment endeavor, including federal, state, and local governments or in the private sector. Applicants for DFC's unpaid Student Internship Program must apply via USAJOBS in order to be considered for placement."

Timeline: "Applicants are accepted year-round; however, if targeting a specific internship period, DFC recommends submitting your application by the following dates: Summer - Apply by March 1; Fall - Apply by July 1; Winter - Apply by November 1; Spring - Apply by January 1.

United Nations System and other International Organizations Internship Programs
Please review the U.S. Department of State’s International Organization Careers page for specific information about each program and their respective application deadlines, as the requirements for these programs vary. "The application process is very competitive, thus it is important to review the requirements carefully and devote time to completing your application. It is possible that some international organizations do not advertise internship opportunities, in which case, you should reach out to the specific international organization of interest to inquire about possible internship positions. Regional offices tend to be less competitive than headquarters posts. Also, keep in mind that some organizations, such as the UN Secretariat, place restrictions on hiring between the end of an internship and full time employment. Please reference the specific international organization for internship policies."

Trade-related internship programs with international organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • International Trade Centre - Geneva, Switzerland
    "ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. ITC works towards creating ‘trade impact for good’. ITC goals are to strengthen the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy; improve the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of SMEs; improve the international competitiveness of SMEs."
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD)- Geneva, Switzerland
    *Must be a graduating senior, recent graduate, or enrolled in a graduate school program
    "Internships are intended to promote a better understanding of trade and development issues among students and to provide them with insight into how UNCTAD attempts to find solutions to these problems. Internships are not remunerated. Interested students can apply to the specific internship announcements through the United Nations careers portal, and follow the instructions in the Internship Applicant’s Manual.
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)* - Geneva, Switzerland
    *Must have completed at least one year of postgraduate studies
    "The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. The WTO is run by its member governments. All major decisions are made by the membership as a whole."

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - Washington, D.C. and New York - Fall 2021 internships are on a fully remote/virtual basis. 

"In an ever-changing world, CFR’s work as a leading nonpartisan resource for information and ideas about foreign policy is more important than ever. At CFR, interns do work that matters alongside smart and dedicated staff in a diverse and inclusive environment. Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage while gaining valuable experience through exposure to leading foreign policy experts. They are also offered professional development training as a foundation for future work in the field of foreign policy and international affairs."

CFR offers a variety of paid interships for students interested in trade, foreign policy, and journalism including:

  • Geoeconomic Studies
    "The Geoeconomic Studies intern will enhance their research, communication, writing, and editing skills as well as data collection and quantitative reasoning skills. The intern will gain knowledge of issues relating to international trade, economic policy and competitiveness, and the legislative process."

  • International Institutions and Global Governance
    "The International Institutions and Global Governance intern will have the opportunity to conduct research on current foreign policy topics, synthesize large amounts of information, and summarize complex arguments concisely. The intern will also develop an understanding of multistage publication production and launch process, learn to work professionally and sensitively with professionals from many different countries, and increase their understanding of international organizations, current issues and debates on global governance."

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    "The Council has an internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will assist the research associate and fellow with research, editing, and administrative tasks. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze U.S. foreign policy and its implications."

  • Internship, International Economics, Economic History
    "The Council has a internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will work with a team in the studies department and will assist the fellow with research, writing, and editing. The intern will gain firsthand experience with the tools scholars use to analyze economic policy questions."

Timeline: "Interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis. CFR posts all internship opportunities on its website—in June for the fall semester, in October for the spring semester, and in February for the summer semester."

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program* - Washington, D.C.
*Graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year only
"Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. Please see your school’s nominating official to learn more about the college application process and please see our FAQ for eligibility requirements."

Timeline: "The program’s deadline is January 15 (or the Friday before if the January 15 falls on a weekend or holiday). However, most schools set an earlier deadline (some as early as November) to receive and review applications. Consult your university for application deadlines and details on the school’s application process. All fellowships begin on August 1st. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows are hired for approximately one year. "

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) - Washington, D.C.
"CSIS offers full-time and part-time internships for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing and project development. In addition, interns will participate in programs offered by the the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA), the in-house leadership development program at CSIS. The Academy’s programming supplements the substantive work of CSIS interns with practical discussions on leadership in international affairs and training in key policy skills. Unique among Washington think tanks, AILA helps CSIS to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders."

Timeline: "Typically you will find that Summer internship opportunities are posted in February, Fall internships are posted in July, and Spring internships are posted in October." 

Atlantic Council - Washington, D.C.
"The Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program is designed for individuals in their junior or senior years of undergraduate studies or graduate students with a passion for learning and contributing to the Atlantic Council’s mission to shape the global future together. Consistent with our mission of 'shaping the global future together,' the Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program serves as a cornerstone of our vision to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world by shaping the next generation of global leaders. This prestigious paid internship program for intellectual entrepreneurs offers hands-on experience working at the forefront of international affairs and global engagement. The program is also designed as a career accelerator. Through three separate cohorts throughout the year, our program will provide driven, diverse, high-performing classes of young professionals the opportunity to represent the Council’s values and advance our mission with integrity in high-impact, global careers at the Council and beyond."

Timeline: Spring (check for application period), Summer (February-March application period), Fall (check for application period)

Brookings Institution - Washington, D.C.
"The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution. Brookings offers three types of internships - paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship."

Timeline: Internships are offered during the Summer (January-February application), Fall (check for application timeline) and Spring (October-November application) semesters.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) - Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C.

NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. They bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and invest in the future by training the next generation of Asia specialists. NBR offers fellowships and internships for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students interested in international affairs, including international trade, and Asia policy.

To see a full list of opportuntiies visit Fellowships and Internships. Current openings are listed on their Careers page. Highlighted opportunities include: 

  • Henry M. Jackson Internship Program - "Interns work in NBR’s Seattle or Washington, D.C., offices on research projects and institutional initiatives, providing a mix of research, editorial, and administrative assistance."
  • The Gorton Leaders Program (GLP) - "GLP offers ten-month fellowships to current undergraduate and graduate students whose degrees focus on international relations and U.S. policy to participate in monthly roundtables with foreign policy experts." Applications are due in January. 
  • NBR Summer Seminar - "To train the next generation of policy leaders, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is launching the NBR Summer Seminar 2021: Managing the China Challenge. The course will be held in NBR's Seattle office from June 21 to August 13, 2021." Applications close April 25, 2021.

Timeline: Variable

Public Policy Internship, National Corn Growers Association - Washington, D.C. 
"The National Corn Growers Association is a membership organization and a federation of states that works with and for the corn states in the U.S. NCGA exists to coordinate the focus, interest and power of their dual membership into a national effort for the corn farmers in the U.S." The internship is supported and selected by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

Timeline: Apply October-November for summer. 

International Relations Internship, U.S. Grains Council - Washington, D.C. 
"The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit organization that develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability. The main office is located in Washington, D.C. with ten overseas offices: China, Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, Japan, Tunisia, South Korea, Jordan, Malaysia and Panama." The internship is supported and selected by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

Timeline: Apply October-November for summer. 

Promotion and International Relations Internship, U.S. Meat Export Federation - Denver, Colorado
"The mission of USMEF is 'to increase the value and profitability of the U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand for their products in export markets through a dynamic partnership of all stakeholders.' Simply put, USMEF is 'putting U.S. meat on the world’s table.'” The internship is supported and selected by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

Timeline: Apply October-November for summer. 

International Business Development Intern, Nebraska Department of Economic Development - Lincoln, Nebraska 
The International Business Development internship at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is a paid internship program that provides aspiring global professionals an opportunity to assist in the state’s international business attraction efforts. An intern at DED will research companies, assist in hosting high-level visitors to the state, write official correspondence, organize events, and support the state’s Strategic Plan for International Engagement. Located in Lincoln and virtual, the intern will also have the opportunity to work with Nebraska’s international trade offices in Germany and Japan. Applicants are expected to be enrolled as a full-time student at a Nebraska university throughout the entirety of the internship. 

Questions? Contact, Director for International and Business Recruitment. 

Timeline: The application window is typically January-March for a May start date. The internship runs one year.