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U.S. Commercial Service Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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    International Trade Intern

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    Former Employee - International Trade Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - International Trade Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Vast resources for research; opportunities to excel in your chosen interests; excellent networking; Culture is entirely yours to develop during your time there.

    Cons

    Not a helpful environment for people without initiative and self-motivation. Unpaid internships only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None- the management do an excellent job involving the interns in all parts of the department and exposing them to all possible opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Intern: No valuable or educational assignments, disrespectful and condescending treatment, uncomfortable culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interning here was an enlightening experience, though not in the way it was intended.

    Cons

    Interns are not offered valuable work even when requested, asking questions is looked down upon, employees made fun of me to my face and frequently rolled their eyes at me when I spoke to them, etc. The severity of the situation was hopefully unique to the office I was at, but employees at other locations frequently referred to me and other interns as "the intern" rather than by name and it seemed that most thought of interns as disposable free secretaries rather than potential future employees in training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challening work, lots of contacts, the name helps open doors.

    Cons

    No career progression for local staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    International Trade Assistant

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    Former Employee - International Trade Assistant/Intern in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - International Trade Assistant/Intern in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This positions gives the intern first hand experience of international trade compliance, export preparation, international buyer and trade events as well as other important aspects of international business.

    Cons

    Interns can only be compensated with academic credit. This makes it difficult for students seeking work for financial reasons.

    Neutral Outlook
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    helpful experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    there is always more to learn and more to do if you are ambitious and actually trying to learn

    Cons

    you'll get to learn a little bit of everything but as an intern, it is difficult to scrape beyond the surface due to red tape and security measures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to gain experience while obtaining an education at a higher learning institution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great. Make you feel part of the team even though you are an intern. I could really see the collaboration between the domestic offices and the international offices and how well they work together. This was a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. It is hard to devote a large amount of your time knowing that it is unpaid. As a intern there were no real opportunities to join the department (due to various reasons).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a program to help interns get paid.

  8.  

    Great opportunity to gain practical experience in Market research and trade promotion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Network and meet a lot of professionals in the International Trade Arena.

    Cons

    Interns that know spanish are better equipped

  9.  

    could be an interesting job, but lack of resources makes it hard to do your job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    very good life balance. colleagues are very dedicated and willing to work together.

    Cons

    always suffering from limited resources (personnel, training, supplies). boring work after awhile, no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more transparent with decisions and information

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    The U.S. Commercial Service in Irvine works with colleagues from our overseas embassies to increase U.S. Exports

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    Current Employee - International Trade Assistant/Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - International Trade Assistant/Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many career opportunities with valuable experience to be gained as well.

    Cons

    Internship positions are considered to be volunteer positions, therefore they receive no salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great portfolio development

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    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service

    Pros

    Great market research opportunities, especially a chance to develop a market specialty in a country (mine was in China and that opens many door to gov. jobs). I got to work woth many dofferent clients who wanted to export to international markets.

    Great atmosphere to connect with colleagues and senior staff members, and the opportunity to plan and participate in a major business conference.

    Cons

    Sometimes the research is boring if you're not interested in the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns dont like to be called interns. We prefer colleagues.

    Recommends

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