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Recruiter Series: U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce visited Emmanuel College as a part of the recruiter series, Thursday September 28, in ADM 155. The U.S. Commercial Service in Boston is a local government office with a global network that provides customized solutions enabling Massachusetts companies to sell U.S. made products and services internationally.

The Career Center invited students from all classes to learn about internship opportunities as well as employment beyond graduation. The U.S. Department of Commerce within Boston is mostly concerned with International Trade Administration and Communication.

The main focus during the meeting was internships at the U.S. department of commerce, and a brief overview of what Jim Paul, the Office Director himself, had done throughout his career and his 17 years working for the U.S. department of commerce.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has staff in 140 cities overseas, 75 countries, including their office in Massachusetts. In their department in Boston, they currently have 6 interns, 2 of which are currently students from Emmanuel.

The responsibilities of interns at the U.S Department of Commerce

The main responsibilities of interns include: market research, which combines the utilization of federal government databases, trade journals and internet based market research to assist companies identify best market prospects; business counselling, which involves directing telephone inquiries from exporters regarding trade requirements, regulations, documentation, country issues, commodity classification, etc.; in addition to attending meetings with local businesses to assess exporting needs.

Furthermore, it involves marketing and promotional facets: promoting overseas trade shows, export leads, seminars and other trade activities, as well as promoting the Commercial Service in Boston via social media and traditional marketing. It also includes administrative work, i.e. managing their newsletter and website, as well as maintenance of trade reference resources. Interns usually get the choice of doing ad-hoc work, working with current issues, or work on longer-term special projects.

Full-time employment in the U.S. Commercial Service in Boston 

Through a vast network at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, full-time employees communicate with International trade specialists, through client meetings, provide expert help at every state of the export process, locate the most suitable international partners, advocate on a firm’s behalf to foreign governments.

Jim Paul, the Office Director of the Commercial Service, portrayed the office here in Boston as being very engaging and friendly. Everyone enjoys their jobs, and the challenges it entails. The job structure changes daily, which means that no two days are the same in the office. The interns within the office are very much part of their team. They do frequent joint projects with staff abroad, and have very strong partnerships with numerous organizations.

To prepare the interns for the tasks they will have to execute and perform throughout their internship, the U.S. Department of Commerce offers on-site training, thick internship handbooks as well as webinars. Interns, however, quickly become an integrated part of the staff and thereby learn quickly by observing the work of employers.

Rolling admissions

The deadline for the admissions of this particular internship is rolling admissions, as this is a highly professional internship. Jim Paul said that he will wait until he finds the right interns, and not just hire someone because a big group of students applied for the position.

If you would like to spend time on the inside track of business, interested in gaining real-world experience that can provide an essential edge for entering today’s job market, and learn how the U.S. Government serves local companies’ exporting needs, this is the internship for you.

Mariella Hansen ’21 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at

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