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Office of Investigations Internships

Note:  Office of Investigations is not accepting volunteer interns at this time.

The U.S. International Trade commission (USITC) is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights.

The Office of Investigations (“OINV”) is responsible for conducting antidumping (AD), countervailing duty (CVD), and safeguard investigations. More information is available at

OINV seeks student interns to serve as investigative assistants in the conduct of these investigations.  All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program, preferably in the field of international trade, international business, or international economics.  Applicants seeking degrees in international affairs, business, economics, accounting, statistics, or similar fields are preferred.  Strong organizational and computer skills, particularly in word processing and spreadsheets, are essential.  Duties may involve assisting investigators and financial analysts with the investigations; various administrative and technology-related tasks such as web postings; or assisting with office management. 

In order to be considered for an internship, an applicant must:

•          Be a U.S. citizen;
•          Be a student at an accredited, four-year university at the time of the internship;
•          Enter into a student agreement with the university and the USITC;
•          Pass a background investigation. 

Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Students should submit their applications at least four months prior to the start of the semester (e.g., students interested in a spring internship should submit their applications at the beginning of the fall semester).  Part-time interns should be able to work 16-20 hours per week.  Full time interns should be able to work 40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position and, if appropriate, may be used for school credit.

Students interested in an internship at OINV should send a cover letter detailing availability and whether interested in a part-time or full-time schedule, resume, and unofficial school transcript to: