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The part-time unpaid virtual internships are with the Chemicals Team in the Office of Materials Industries (OMI).  OMI is part of the Industry & Analysis division of the International Trade Administration (ITA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Within ITA, Industry & Analysis (I&A) works to maintain the leading competitive edge of American industry throughout the world.  We do this by producing the world’s most in-depth, high-quality trade analysis while creating and implementing innovative trade and investment strategies that unlock global opportunities for U.S. businesses.

OMI is seeking several part-time unpaid virtual interns to join our Chemicals Team.  Interns must be able to commit to at least 20 hours of work per week, for a flexible internship period not to exceed 120 days.  Interns will have the opportunity to work with OMI chemicals industry analysts at our headquarters in Washington, DC, and with other ITA colleagues in the United States and overseas.

Opportunities may include:

  • Researching and analyzing issues related to the U.S. and global chemicals industry;
  • Research and/or data analysis related to chemicals industry supply chains, sustainability and the circular economy, biomaterials;
  • Participating in calls and virtual meetings with senior trade analysts;
  • Networking with current ITA interns and alumni; and
  • Supporting the ITA on strategic projects to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry and investments.

Ideal applicants should have: strong research and analytical skills, an interest in advancing U.S. industry competitiveness, excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to work in a team setting.

Requirements:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university, and living in the United States.  Because these internships will be virtual, applicants will need to have a workspace, a personal computer with internet access, and a personal phone. 

How to apply:  Interested applicants are asked to please submit ONE document containing your resume and cover letter in pdf (preferred) or word format. Please use the following naming convention for your document: LASTNAME_Firstname.pdf (e.g., DOE_Jane.pdf).  Submit your application via Handshake by May 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so submission before the deadline is highly encouraged.  Thank you for your interest!

If selected for an internship:  Applicants may wish to ask their school’s career center about financial aid or other funding options for public service or other unpaid internships and to research possible sources outside school.  OMI is open to accommodating students seeking academic credit if the internship meets their school’s requirements.  ITA interns may join U.S. Department of Commerce Employee Resource Groups.

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides fair access, opportunities, and advancement for all, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or work arrangement.