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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1912, is the world’s largest not-for-profit business federation. At home and abroad, we champion the principles of private enterprise. We fight for business and free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.

The Chamber has approximately 500 employees nationwide. Our headquarters is located in Washington, DC, on Lafayette Square across from the White House.

Internship Program Overview:

We are proud to offer a wide variety of internship opportunities to the best and brightest young leaders. At the Chamber, you will obtain hands-on, meaningful work experience designed to meet your academic and career goals. Our internships offer responsibilities such as research, writing, database management, web page maintenance, communications, and event preparation. During the internship, you will be able to network with colleagues and senior-level executives while participating in educational and professional activities designed to enhance your internship experience.

The following events are currently included in our internship program:

  • Welcome Lunch and Orientation;
  • Lunch and Learn: A luncheon series that provides interns with multiple opportunities to converse with and seek the advice of senior-level Chamber executives;
  • Your First Steps toward Success: A workshop designated to enhancing your resume writing, cover letter writing and interviewing skills;
  • New Hire Panel: A luncheon series that offers interns the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from a panel consisting of four to five successful recent graduates;
  • Sporting Events: past events have included Nationals baseball games and Wizards basketball games;
  • Exit Interviews

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this a paid internship?

  • Yes, all of our interns are paid a competitive salary, unless the intern elects to receive academic credit in lieu of monetary compensation.

Do I qualify for an internship after I have finished school or university?

  • In order to be eligible for an internship, the Chamber requires that you are either enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program.

When is the application deadline?

  • We will accept applications until we have filled all open positions.

Do you provide housing?

  • No, we do not provide housing for our interns, but we work closely with the WISH Foundation. WISH offers interns-only, fully furnished buildings on Capitol Hill and the Woodly Park neighborhood. All locations are near a metro stop, have Wi-fi, free laundry, and 24-hour emergency service. The Chamber of Commerce interns receive a 10% discount. For more information, visit www.internsdc.com

Program Status:

The Summer internship semester will begin on May 18, 2015 and continue through August 7, 2015.

Opportunities available for our Summer 2015 session are below:

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Liebenow Fellowship in International Business with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division

In 2014, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Liebenow Fellowship in International Business as a memorial to Larry Liebenow (1943-2013). Serving as chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2003, Mr. Liebenow was a steady hand and calm presence as the business community dealt with the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Prior to that, he served as chairman of the Chamber’s International Policy Committee for three years. Throughout his life, he was active in international business, and early in his career he worked in Argentina and Mexico, where he held leadership roles with the American Chambers of Commerce.

Mr. Liebenow believed deeply in the power of opportunity and hard work. He was not only an ardent supporter of free enterprise and open trade, but also a champion of democratic values and economic freedom around the world. Of note, he served on the boards of the Center for International Private Enterprise and the National Endowment for Democracy. He championed many initiatives to promote international trade and investment over the years.

Qualifying applicants for the Liebenow Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to work full time (40 hours per week) at the U.S. Chamber’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a period of at least eight weeks during June, July, and August, 2015.
  • Currently enrolled in graduate studies in business, economics, international affairs or related fields.
  • Completion and submission of the internship application form and a 1,000-word essay explaining how U.S. companies of any size might best realize the benefits of international trade and investment in the future; assessing what challenges they are likely to face; and considering what remedies they might find in the realm of international trade and investment policy. The full submission should include the applicant’s resume, application and essay, and sent to liebenowfellowship@uschamber.com.

The Liebenow Fellow will receive hourly pay of $18 per hour for the course of the fellowship. S/he will spend approximately half of his/her time working on a specific research project to be designed in collaboration with Chamber staff. The remainder of his/her time in the position will be dedicated to assisting Chamber staff in their regular duties. An effort will be made to give the Fellow a broad array of experiences in the areas of international business, trade and investment policy advocacy, and the work of a trade association.

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Communications

Title: Digital Content Intern

Department Description: The Digital Content/Communications division communicates the U.S. Chamber’s pro-business messages through speechwriting and op-ed writing, producing a quarterly print publication, and creating content for the organization’s leading web properties.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interview subjects, report, and write for print and digital outlets
  • Track, Analyze, and report web metrics
  • Proofread and Upload web content
  • Follow News events and business trends and suggest story ideas from them.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have a background in journalism or digital communications and an interest in public policy. Experience working in the editorial department of a student newspaper or other publication or website is a plus. The internship could be part-time or full-time depending on a candidate’s qualifications and availability.


Please submit your resume and application to Abram Olmstead (AOlmstead@uschamber.com )

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Fundraising and Development

Title: Corporate Research Intern

Department Description: Membership dues alone cannot cover the cost of running this organization and its many programs and projects. The Development and Fundraising Department helps ensure the continuous growth and development of the Chamber. The Sales and Telemarketing Departments are responsible for selling and renewing Chamber memberships across the country via personal visits and telephone contacts. In addition, the Development and Fundraising Department also collaborates with the National Account membership of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through Corporate Development.


Job Responsibilities:

  • The Corporate Research Intern will assist the fundraising department in prospecting, preparing briefing materials, and data management. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Conduct news searches and write summaries
    • Develop and update contact list
    • Develop targeted prospect lists
    • Research companies and individuals and write summaries
    • Database entry and recall
  • The Corporate Research Intern will also have the opportunity to learn about the myriad policy issues facing the business community through their research and by attending chamber events.


Qualifications: Prior work experience (including internships) is strongly preferred. Strong organization and communication skills, particularly writing; Self-starter, attention to detail, motivated, ability to multi-task; Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook required; Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Power Point beneficial, but not required.

Please send application, cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Ryan Jackson (Rjackson@uschamber.com)

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International

Title: Americas Intern

Job Responsibilities:

  • Helping to organize and promote events featuring top tier government officials from the United States and Latin America (AACCLA meeting, Heads of State visits, etc.);
  • Researching sectoral information and trends in Latin America;
  • Compiling Latin America news briefs;
  • Marketing the Americas programs to business executives.

Qualifications: Advanced computer skills, including MS Office and Internet; Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; Attention to detail and ability to work without close supervision; Spanish language skills and familiarity with Latin America (preferred).

Please send Cover Letter, writing sample, and resume to Isabel Quiroz ( IQuiroz@uschamber.com )

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International

Title: Brazil-US Business Council Intern

Job Responsibilities:

  • Scientific Mobility Program Support: Research and draft annual report on ongoing activities and plans for second semester of 2013, including information on all member companies’ experience hosting SMP students and BUSBC-specific efforts to promote the program.
  • Member Presence in Brazil: Conduct research and collate results for a report and one-page summary on BUSBC membership and Fortune 500 companies regarding the size of companies investment in Brazil by revenue, number of employees in Brazil, and views on the business outlook for the next year (growth, inflation, employment, investment).
  • Assist with website and social media postings/writing and editing;
  • Draft and provide support for publications, updates, etc. for distribution to BUSBC members.
  • Assist with communications strategy implementation
  • Assist with Portuguese-English translations.
  • Events: Day-of support: Assist with event preparation and promotion, including attendee lists and name badges creation and invitations follow-up.
  • Database: Update the BUSBC Team’s member database, task force lists, and subscriber lists.
  • Provide research support on policy issues, including but not limited to visas, innovation, infrastructure, trade facilitation, tax and investment, and energy and environment issues.
  • Provide support to the membership team in researching and identifying prospective members.

Qualifications: College students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the junior or senior level or a Washington, DC, Internship Program qualify to apply. Qualifying students must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and working proficiency in Portuguese. Candidate should have strong computer research skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ideal candidate should be a self-starter; and have strong organizational and time management skills.

Please submit your application and resume to Cassia Carvalho (CCarvalho@uschamber.com )

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Political Affairs and Federation Relations

Title: Political Affairs Intern

Department or Division Description: The Political Affairs and Federation Relations Division is responsible for directing the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities, as well as its advocacy programs, including the Free Enterprise Network and Friends of the U.S. Chamber. The division also provides resources and services to associations and chambers of commerce that are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This includes overseeing the Association Committee of 100, the most prestigious group of association CEOs and executives in the country; the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, an elite group of the nation’s leading chamber CEOs; and the Institute for Organization Management, the nation’s premier nonprofit executive training program.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Providing research support on political and legislative issues, including tracking candidate progress and polling information
  • Providing administrative support to the Political Affairs team
  • Providing administrative and day of support for events, including creating event attendee lists and preparing event name badges
  • Managing special projects as assigned.

Qualifications: The Political Team is seeking an individual currently pursuing an undergraduate degree for a paid internship focused on administrative and research support during the Spring semester. Candidate must be based in DC, and have an avid interest in the American Political system. Excellent organization and communication skills; proficiency in MS Office ; strong proofreading and editing skills.

Please submit your application and resume to Meredith King at MKing@uschamber.com 

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Political Affairs and Federation Relations

Title: Intern, Institute for Organization Management

Department: Federation Relations

Department or Division Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.  A critical component of the Chamber’s membership comprises local and state chambers of commerce.

Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program for association and chamber executives.  Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Institute is hosted at five university locations across the country.  Since 1921, thousands of nonprofit professionals have attended, making it the most recognized and valued educational program in the industry.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with research, planning, and implmentation of the Institute program
  • Draft communications for Institute volunteers and participants
  • Assist with the day-to-day management of Institute social media
  • Provide member support by responding to inquiries through phone and email
  • Coordinate various communications, including creating and editing mailing and contact lists, drafting content, and completing mail merges
  • Edit webpages (training is provided)
  • Update and manage CMS database as well as other membership lists (training provided)
  • Assist marketing coordinator with various projects
  • Assist with Federation Relations projects as necessary
  • Assist with other administrative duties as necessary

Qualifications: Candidates must be a college junior or senior; business, communications, political science, marketing, meeting planning, or related major preferred.  Intern must have excellent verbal, written, and customer service skills; knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and database skills; strong attention to detail, organization, and time management skills; the ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks, and meet time-sensitive deadlines; and availability to intern at least three business days per week.

*Candidates must receive college credit for internship.

Please submit your application and resume to Shelby Parish at sparish@uschamber.com.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Title: Corporate Citizenship Program and Event Intern

Department: Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Special Projects:
    • Assist CCC’s Program Managers with necessary research and coordination efforts. Specific research entails Corporate Social Responsibly efforts in the United States.
    • Monitoring the news to be aware of current events as they pertain to CCC especially in regards to our Disaster and Global Programs.
  • Event Coordination:
    • Assist appropriate staff with pre event logistics and attendee materials.
    • Help plan and execute CCC’s major events.

Qualifications: Prior work experience (including internships) is strongly preferred. Preferred candidates pursuing a degree in business, management, or social sciences; Strong organization and communication skills, particularly writing; Self-starter, attention to detail, motivated, ability to multi-task; Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook required; Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Power Point beneficial, but not required.

Please send Cover Letter, writing sample, and resume to Liza Crenshaw (lcrenshaw@uschamber.com).

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Title: Programming and Staff Intern

Department or Division Description:The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce seeks to strengthen American competitiveness through education and skills training. Through its programs, publications, and policy initiatives—and drawing upon the Chamber's extensive network of members—we inform and mobilize business to be more engaged partners, challenge the status quo, and connect education and workforce reforms to economic development.

Job Responsibilities:

This fall, the Foundation’s Education and Workforce team will execute various programs of work on K–12 education, youth employment, higher education, and workforce training. Qualified candidates will assist with the planning and execution of all education and workforce events, supporting communications efforts, and collecting and analyzing research in support of these efforts. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Education and Workforce team with outreach to state and local business and education groups
  • Assisting with event planning and logistics
  • Staffing in-town events
  • Writing blogs and managing social media
  • Providing briefing materials to help staff prepare for meetings
  • Providing research and analysis on various education and workforce topics and policies in scholarly articles as well as current news and media
  • Executing special projects as assigned

Qualifications: Must be receiving college credit for the internship. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program at an accredited college/university. Must be available to work at least 15 to 20 hours a week. Interest in education and workforce issues is required. Desired: strong writing, proofreading, and editing skills; ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; self-starter; problem-solver; and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

For more information on the Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce or the U.S. Chamber visithttp://education.uschamber.com/.

Please send your application, resume and cover letter to Jaimie Matthews Francis jkmatthews@uschamber.com

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