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If you're looking for a fast-paced environment with opportunities to be exposed to a wide array of important trade issues that impact U.S. jobs and the economy, consider an internship with us. In order to apply for an internship in our office, you must be a U.S. citizen. In addition, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of your internship.

Who We Are: ITA’s Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance (TANC) is responsible for the Department’s Trade Agreements Compliance Program. This Program helps ensure that foreign governments comply with their obligations under trade agreements to which the United States is party. The TANC unit also provides policy and negotiations analysis and support for key trade agreements and works with all Global Markets regional offices.

How We’re Structured: The Office is led by an office director and has three teams: 1) Trade Agreements; 2) Investment Affairs and Emerging Issues; and 3) Program Operations. Each team has a director; interns are supervised by the Compliance Staff Director and/or the Program Operations Staff Director. Office staff is comprised of approximately 12 trade and program specialists. Interns may have the opportunity for assignments in either or both teams.

What you’ll do:

TANC’s work is broadly split between two areas:

  Agreement Implementation and Compliance and Trade Negotiations
  Program Development and Administration

General responsibilities and duties of interns are to support senior TANC staff. As a TANC intern, you will have ample opportunity and flexibility to strengthen your leadership skills and gain exposure to U.S trade policy development and implementation. Beyond projects described above, there are opportunities to develop specific projects in connection with your individual interests as opportunities or needs arise.

Internship Training
Student interns receive the knowledge and tools they need to help them support the full range of trade agreement monitoring and compliance, as well as multilateral trade organization, activities.

Interested in becoming an intern?

Please send us a cover letter and resume to tanc@trade.gov.

Your cover letter should indicate:

  which semester you would like to intern in
  your availability (full- or part-time; if part-time, number of hours available per week)
  your major course of study, graduate studies or undergraduate, and grade point average
  trade-related courses you have completed, or are currently taking
  your main objectives for the internship.

We recruit interns year round. Please note that our internships are unpaid positions.


Check out a past intern’s blog about her experience working in the Trade Agreements Compliance Program