U.S. Commercial Service

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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3.8 13 reviews

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    Good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNo career progression for local staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    International Trade Assistant

    International Trade Assistant/Intern (Former Employee) Newport Beach, CA

    ProsThis 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.

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

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    helpful experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    Consyou'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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsUnpaid 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 Senior ManagementStart a program to help interns get paid.

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

    Intern (Current Employee) Miami, FL

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

    ConsInterns that know spanish are better equipped

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more transparent with decisions and information

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The U.S. Commercial Service in Irvine works with colleagues from our overseas embassies to increase U.S. Exports

    International Trade Assistant/Intern (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great portfolio development

    Intern (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInterns dont like to be called interns. We prefer colleagues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship

    Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood resume builder if you want to work for the Federal Government in the future.

    ConsI received basically no useful training or skills. I also learned very little about what a full time position with the Commercial Service would entail. 99% of the work the interns did was data entry and pointless work that they tried to make up just so that we had something to do with our time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more challenging and/or interesting tasks for you interns to complete.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience but lots of cold calling

    Intern (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsWorked as an intern: I learned a lot about different market sectors, business climate and really developed my research skills. I liked the ability to help businesses do better.

    ConsLots of cold calling involved to increase business contacts for events

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wish they would listen to feedback more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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