18FEB - Internship, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative - Deadline: n/a




The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of more than 200 committed professionals with decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. We negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations. We also meet with governments, with business groups, with legislators and with public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and to discuss the President's trade policy positions.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position Description

We are looking for a research assistant to work closely with the chief speechwriter for the U.S. Trade Representative. The successful applicant will gain experience writing speeches, op-eds, essays, and other products, as well as expertise in communications strategy and contemporary issues in international trade. Openings immediately and for summer 2016.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work closely with USTR policy advisors on media relations
  • Conduct in-depth research for speeches, press releases, columns for major publications, and memos 
  • Compose press releases and blog posts
  • Provide edits for speeches and columns
  • Track news from foreign and national media outlets

Eligibility & Qualifications


  • Strong writing and editing background
  • Experience with extensive primary source research
  • Quick and accurate reader
  • Deep interest in international trade and politics


  • U.S. Citizens
  • 18 years of age or over at the time of application
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university (2-4 year institution), or have graduated in the past 2 years from undergraduate or graduate school.
  • Selected applicants will be required to obtain a favorable security determination as a prerequisite to employment.

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should email jhillman@ustr.eop.gov with a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and writing sample.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.