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Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience on international trade
    Employees are all really friendly

    Cons

    The position is an unpaid position


  2. "Great place to grow and assist with real B2B international problems"

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    Current Employee - International Trade Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - International Trade Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great & Challenging work environment - may issues you have never considered!

    Cons

    Since its a govt agency sometimes things dont move as fast as the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your specialists, and integrate them into the conversation.

  3. "Experience as an intern at American Embassy, Nairobi"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Commercial Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service (Less than a year)

    Pros

    best networking experience, down to earth supervisors. Great learning experience

    Cons

    No renumeration, too much work load at times


  4. "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
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at U.S. Commercial Service part-time (More than a 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.


  5. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    be more transparent with decisions and information


  6. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Commercial Service part-time (Less than a 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


  7. "Great portfolio development"

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

    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 Management

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

  8. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    Offer more challenging and/or interesting tasks for you interns to complete.


  9. "Excellent Internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience, wonderful mentor. Useful for making connections in the international trade community.

    Cons

    Paying your interns would be much better.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to merge into a full time employee. I was interested in working at the CS but didn't have too many avenues.


  10. "U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Intern in Hong Kong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice insight into foreign service. Workers were great and I felt welcomed at the U.S. Consulate-General to Hong Kong and Macau.

    Cons

    Since it was the summer, I didn't get that many opportunities to work on a lot of projects. Most of the work was qualitative.


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