Volunteer student internship positions are available at the U.S. Commercial Service Korea (CS Korea), U.S. Embassy in Korea. Applicants must be a student or between undergraduate and graduate school. This is a rare opportunity for university students to develop numerous skills, build extraordinary contacts, and gain tremendous knowledge of government and business.
Comments from Previous Interns
“I can say it was the most valuable internship I have ever had. I am proud of working here. I have experienced valuable experiences through participating in meetings, events, receptions, etc. It was great to be treated as an assistant instead of an intern during the internship.” -Yu, Ji Won / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ Intern, Summer-Fall Class of 2008
“Meeting with the Ambassador, greeting and shaking hands with the former president Bush, and having fun at the Ambassador’s residence…All things are what I’ve never experienced and dreamt before.” Michael Kim/ UC Davis/ Intern, Summer-Fall Class of 2008
Benefits of an internship with CS Korea
• All interns are respected as professionals and have real international trade assistant responsibilities. As a result, CS Korea interns have a high learning curve and gain hands on work experience in a professional work environment.
• CS Korea interns are teamed up with a dedicated commercial specialist, and they receive continuous individual mentorship and are given opportunities to shadow the specialists during international trade counseling and strategy meetings with business executives. CS Korea interns are afforded rare and prestigious opportunities to participate in high profile events.
• CS interns may have rare and special opportunities to participate in other events and activities that in the past have included: Single Company Promotion receptions at the Ambassador’s residence, high profile celebrity fashion shows, pop/rock performances, and meeting the President of the United States.
• All CS interns will leave with a sound command of professional ethics and protocol. They will network with numerous business entities and form lifelong friendships with their class of interns, and simply have fun.
Skill sets cultivated include
Developing a keen understanding of international trade and fostering sound business judgment by developing company screening skills, matching potential business partners, and scheduling/participating in high-powered meetings.
Learning to conduct independent market research and with supervision, drafting consultant- quality reports that offer professional industry sector insight.
Gaining effective and persuasive communication skills by utilizing different modes/mediums, including telephone, email, conference calls, and letters.
Effectively reading critical verbal and non-verbal cues in business communication and becoming sensitized to the different styles and cultures associated with international business.
Skillfully communicating with all levels of management within the organizational chain of command.
Becoming skilled at managing multiple tasks associated with planning and executing a trade event. Interns will be exposed to a business environment where they learn to perform under pressure and still be composed, competent, and organized. Tasks often require very fast turn-around time, and will require quick on-the-ground thinking.
Collaborating with and leveraging colleagues and networks to strengthen output.
Cultivating recruiting and interviewing skills to bring in the next class of CS Korea Interns for the intern assigned to assisting Human Resource Management.
Learning and developing an expertise in one of the following nine areas.
1. consumer products/ travel & tourism,
2. education/ electronics,
7. aerospace/major projects/procurement,
8. healthcare, and
If you have a specific area of interest, please indicate one of the nine listed above in your cover letter.
In addition, CS Korea interns receive special training sessions (e.g. orientation, reception training, trade show training, etc.) as well as build up industry expertise and initiate a network of contacts by being given the opportunity, at no cost, to attend industry specific seminars and conferences alongside the commercial specialist.
Minimum two years in a recognized university or four years experience in a related field. Applicants must be an enrolled student or have been accepted to enroll in graduate school immediately following the internship. General business experience is helpful. Computer skills and spoken and written business English is required. Fluency in Korean and previous experience in an international environment is highly desirable. Also highly desirable are the qualities associated with teamwork, the ability to learn quickly, and high enthusiasm. Applicants must meet the January 31, 2011 deadline. A positive background security check, that takes about 3 months, is required prior to commencing the internship.
This position is voluntary and unpaid. We are looking for full-time interns for a minimum of a 24-week period from 2011 Summer – Fall Interns (Jun., 2011 to Dec., 2011).
Timeline for 2011 Summer – Fall Applicants
Jan. 31, 2011- Application deadline for 2010 Winter – 2011 Spring Internship
Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, 2011- Application Reviews and Interviews
Mar. 10, 2011- Submission of Security Forms
End of April to Mid-May- Notification of security clearance, and internship start date.
Resumes should contain
* Education background including month and year you graduated from your current academic institution
* Korean and English fluency level
* Previous work or internship experience
* Contact information including telephone number and email address where we can easily reach you
* Supporting information including letters of recommendation, cover letter, etc.
If interested, please send resume and cover letter via email to: