USTDA Energy Sector Internship Program


USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency ( helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

USTDA’s Energy Sector Internship Program
USTDA’s Energy Sector Team includes three subgroups: Traditional Energy and Power; Electricity Transmission and Distribution; and Renewable Energy. As clean energy continues to be a cornerstone of USTDA’s program, the Energy Sector Internship provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the economic, financial, political, and other factors that contribute to the implementation of major clean energy infrastructure projects in developing and middle-income countries. The Energy Sector Intern supports the Sector team in a variety of capacities, including, for example, conducting research to identify current market trends of critical technologies, services and equipment that can help emerging economies achieve their energy supply needs and goals. Additionally, the Intern works on an in-depth research project with the opportunity to present findings at the end of the internship.

Internship Basics
All internships take place in USTDA’s offices located in Arlington, Virginia and are available year-round to students who are U.S. citizens and who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or post graduate program with a focus on: international business, trade, or finance; engineering; energy policy; economics; and public relations or communications. USTDA is particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated background and interest in energy, based upon academic studies or work experience. All internships are unpaid. All interns are eligible for mass transit subsidy. A security clearance is required and will be sponsored by USTDA. USTDA requests a 40 hour work week for a 12 week period during the summer; a minimum of 20-25 hours per week for a 12 week period is requested during the academic year.

Deadlines for application submission are as follows:
• Summer (May-July): January 15
• Fall (Sept-Oct): April 15
• Winter/Spring (Jan-Feb): August 15

If interested, please submit the following:
• Resume;
• Unofficial transcript; and,
• Cover letter indicating the area(s)of
assignment preference and dates of

Applications can be emailed to Carolyn Hum

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