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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;
  • Young Professionals 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;
  • White House Tour;
  • Private Intern Reception with Tom J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and
  • 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 25% discount. For more information, visit www.internsdc.com

Are international students eligible for an internship?

  • International students who are authorized to be employed in the United States are eligible for an internship at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Program Status:

The Fall internship semester will begin on September 14, 2015 and continue through December 11, 2015.

The 2015 Fall application can be found here: 

 

Opportunities available for our Fall 2015 session are below:


Communications

Title: Digital Content Intern

Department Description: The Digital Content/Communications division communicates the U.S. Chamber's pro-business messages by creating content for the organization's leading web properties.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Create social media content;

*         Proofread and upload web content;

*         Track, analyze, and report web metrics;

*         Follow news, events, and business trends to suggest story ideas; and

*         Interview subjects, report, and write for digital outlet.

Qualifications: 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 application and resume to Stephanie Ryska at sryska@uschamber.com.


Communications

Title: Media Relations Intern

Department Description: The Communications Division is responsible for promoting the U.S. Chamber, its policy priorities, agenda, and brand to Washington, DC, national, and international audiences. The Communications and Strategy team serves as a strategic partner for our internal divisions, helping to simplify and streamline the work process for them and facilitate greater support from the broader communications team.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Manage press inquiries, specifically the press inbox and phone line;

*         Develop and manage media lists;

*         Develop and manage blog lists and other influencers;

*         Draft media advisories, press releases and other materials as required;

*         Coordinate logistics for media interviews; and

*         Assist with other Communications Division projects as needed.

Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in media relations, journalism or communications.
Related coursework might include: Communications Studies, Journalism, Public Affairs, Government/Political Science, Business and/or Marketing; strong oral and written communications skills; experience with Microsoft Office; and familiarity with CRM or similar systems.

Please submit your application and resume to Erica Flint at eflint@uschamber.com.


Global Intellectual Property Center

Title: GIPC Events and IP Policy Intern

Department Description: The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) is to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital tool to advance global economic growth, promote human progress, and create innovative solutions to global challenges. The goals of the Center are to document and explain the value of IP, ensure strong government support for IP in the United States, rally allied nations and organizations to defend IP, and hold governments accountable for IP protection.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Provide administrative support to the International IP Team;

*         Provide ad-hoc research and analysis on Congressional, media, and IP-related issues;

*         Draft member communications related to event invitations and policy updates;

*         Provide logistical support for all GIPC events and programs; and

*         Update website and provide creative and analytical support for GIPC's digital media properties.

Qualifications: Candidates must have strong organizational, writing, research and interpersonal skills. An interest in IP policy is desired, but not necessary. This is a 20-40 hours/week paid internship.

Please submit your application and resume to Brittany McCall at bmccall@uschamber.com.


U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform

Title: Marketing Intern

Job Responsibilities:  Marketing Intern will be responsible for assisting the ILR organization in the development and implementation of its marketing efforts to support our fundraising activities and build awareness of the ILR program. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels/methodologies to gain in roads into the legal community and the public at large.

*         Assist with development of various fundraising materials;

*         Maintain and utilize monthly marketing calendar to coordinate necessary activities, specifically with the website and research marketing;

*         Assist with customizing, coordinating, and then disseminating of marketing information;

*         Assist in coordinating various marketing strategies including direct mail, social media, print ads, and networking activities; and

*         Develop a list of possible events to showcase our information.

Qualifications:

*         Working towards a Bachelor's degree in Marketing;

*         Requires a good understanding of social media techniques, especially with LinkedIn;

*         Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment;

*         Must have excellent interpersonal skills and follow-up skills;

*         Proactive problem prevention and issue resolution leadership ability;

*         Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and Outlook required;

*         Strong verbal and written communication skills required; and

*         Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Please submit your application and resume to Stephanie Gregorian at sgregorian@uschamber.com.  


U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform

Title:  Legal Intern

Job Responsibilities:

The Legal Intern will be responsible for assisting the ILR organization in the implementation of the Federal and State programs. This will be accomplished through legal research, memo writing, and updating of fundraising materials.

*         Assist with development of various fundraising materials;

*         Conduct specific issue related research;

*         Write analytical memos; and

*         Participate in ILR member task-force calls, meetings, events, etc.

Qualifications:

*         Working towards Juris Doctorate degree;

*         Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment;

*         Must have excellent interpersonal skills and follow- up skills;

*         Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and Outlook required;

*         Strong verbal and written communication skills required; and

*         Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Please submit your application and resume to Stephanie Gregorian at sgregorian@uschamber.com.  


International

Title: African Affairs Intern

Job Responsibilities:

*         Support the ABI team with marketing and database management, research related to member and staff inquiries, event management, publication development, and staff travel preparation;

*         Representing ABI by attending Hill briefings and topically/regionally relevant meetings around Washington; and

*         Support the U.S. - South Africa Business Council.

Qualifications: Outstanding written and oral communications skills are essential.

Please submit your application and resume to Danielle Walker at dwalker@uschamber.com.


International

Title: Brazil-U.S. Business Council Intern

Department Description: Brazil Council interns participate in the organization and marketing efforts of Council meetings.  These meetings bring together a number of senior government representatives from Brazil and the United States, and also top executive from Fortune 500 companies.  They help prepare agendas, materials and briefings for monthly meetings, the Brazil Mission to Brasilia and for our annual meeting.  According to their abilities, interns do a great deal of writing and editing for the Council. Specifically, their duties range from  drafting, editing, and preparing correspondence and informational materials for our members, including translating important documents; research, information gathering and organization; database administration; aiding with event planning; and assisting with administrative tasks.  If they prove to have superior writing skills, they may also prepare press releases and briefings, and assist in determining topics for intelligence briefings for top U.S. Chamber officials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Offer critical program support to the growing Brazil team during a busy season;
  • Assist with logistics for events and travel, engage in day to day administrative work to help ensure the smooth operation of the department; and
  • Engage in work with the Americas Department.

Please send application, cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Bruno Schwartz (bschwartz@uschamber.com).


International

Title: Americas Intern

Job Responsibilities:

*         Help to organize and promote events featuring top tier government officials from the United States and Latin America (AACCLA meeting, Heads of State visits, etc.);

*         Research sectoral information and trends in Latin America;

*         Compile Latin America news briefs; and

*         Market 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; and Spanish language skills and familiarity with Latin America (preferred).

Please submit your application and resume to Isabel Quiroz at iquiroz@uschamber.com.


International

Title: Europe Intern

Department Description: The Chamber's International Division works to create a level playing field for trade to generate economic growth and American jobs. The Europe shop advocates for pro-business trade and investment policies working with leaders in government and business on both sides of the Atlantic.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Provide support to the Europe team in the conduct of advocacy of Chamber policy positions vis-a-vis U.S. trade and relations with the EU;

*         Participate in the planning and logistics of events;

*         Assist with department communications and writing; and

*         Attend programs related to trade policy.

Qualifications: Excellent public relations and interpersonal skills; excellent writing, proofreading and editorial skills; excellent organizational skills to plan and execute logistics for department meetings and conferences.

Please submit your application and resume to Tara Shannon at tshannon@uschamber.com.


International

Title: International Affairs Executive Team and International Leadership Program

Department Description: The Chamber's International Division works to create a level playing field for trade to generate economic growth and American jobs. Drawing on the resources of the world's largest business federations, the Division's International Leadership Program provides multinational companies with customized business development and government relations support through a wide variety of programs focused on international policy development and strategic initiatives.
Job Responsibilities:

*         Create tracking tools and data entry;

*         Conduct corporate research;

*         Assist in strategic fundraising development;

*         Assist in providing government relations services to corporate membership;

*         International team coordination; and

*         Assist in event planning.

Qualifications: Excellent research, writing, proofreading and editorial skills; excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail; excellent organizational skills to plan and execute logistics for department meetings and conferences. Rising junior or senior with prior work experience (including internships) is strongly preferred.

Please submit your application and resume to Anita Patel at apatel@uschamber.com.


International

Title: Turkey and Middle East Intern

Job Responsibilities:

*         Offer critical program support to the growing Turkey and Middle East team during a busy season;

*         Assist with logistics for events and travel, and will engage in day to day administrative work to help ensure the smooth operation of the department; and

*         Engage in work with the GCC, Iraq and Egypt business councils.
 

Please submit your application and resume to Kelsey Cadden at kcadden@uschamber.com.


International

Title: International Policy Intern

Department Description: The Chamber's International Division works to create a level playing field for trade to generate economic growth and American jobs.  The International Policy shop advocates for pro-business trade and investment policies working with leaders in government and business. The International Policy Intern provides support to the for International Policy team in the conduct of advocacy of Chamber policy positions vis-a-vis U.S. trade and investment globally.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Assist with the planning and logistics of events;

*         Assist with department communications and writing; and

*         Attend policy programs in Washington related to trade policy.

Qualifications: Excellent public relations and interpersonal skills; excellent writing, proofreading and editorial skills; excellent organizational skills to assist in scheduling, planning, and executing logistics for department meetings and conferences.

Please submit your application and resume to Kathleen Aldrich at kaldrich@uschamber.com.


International

Title: South and Southeast Asia Intern

Job Responsibilities:

  • Offer critical program support to the South and Southeast Asia teams during a busy season;
  • Assist in research, event summaries, and monitor news in the South and Southeast Asia regions;
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for events and travel to help ensure the smooth operation of the department;
  • Assist with any special tasks, presentations, projects, and reports; and
  • Engage with the South and Southeast Asia teams, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) work.

Please send application, cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Esperanza Jelalian at ejelalian@uschamber.com.


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:

*         Provide research support on political and legislative issues, including tracking candidate

*         progress and polling information;

*         Provide administrative support to the Political Affairs team;

*         Provide administrative and day of support for events, including creating event attendee lists and preparing event name badges; and

*         Manage 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 French at mking@uschamber.com.


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.

*         Monitor 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; and knowledge of Microsoft Access and Power Point beneficial, but not required.

Please submit your application and resume to Liza Crenshaw at lcrenshaw@uschamber.com.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Title: Marketing and Events Intern

Department Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America's long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Provide administrative assistance to Marketing Team including registration of attendees via email/phone/fax, pulling lists from marketing database, updating marketing database, calling marketing partners, and monitoring and responding to events inbox;

*         Assist with website and event postings as well as other social media activities (writing and editing);

*         Provide administrative and day of support for events including creating event attendee lists, preparation of event name badges and monitoring federal government attendees at events.

*         Assist in managing express delivery (DHL and FedEx) accounts and messenger service;

*         Assist with coverage for USCCF main phone line; and

*         Manage special projects as needed.

Qualifications: Strong writing skills, solid knowledge of Microsoft Office and multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), able to multi-task, remain organized, and maintain professional conduct at events.

Please submit your application and resume to Vanessa Lyon at vlyon@uschamber.com.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Title: Programming and Staff Intern

Department 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:

*         Assist the Education and Workforce team with outreach to state and local business and education groups;

*         Assist with event planning and logistics;

*         Staff in-town events;

*         Writ blogs and managing social media;

*         Provide briefing materials to help staff prepare for meetings;

*         Provide research and analysis on various education and workforce topics and policies in scholarly articles as well as current news and media; and

*         Execute 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 at jkmatthews@uschamber.com.


Hiring Our Heroes and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Title: Hiring Our Heroes Intern

Department or Division Description: Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. To date, more than 27,200 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes events. More than 2,000 companies of all sizes have committed to hire 707,000 veterans and military spouses as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, there have been more than 500,000 confirmed hires.

Job Responsibilities:

*         Provide research support on veteran-related current events for Communications team;

*         Provide administrative support to the Hiring Our Heroes team;

*         Provide administrative and day of support for in-house events, including creating event attendee lists and preparing event name badges; and

*         Manage special projects as assigned.

Qualifications: Hiring Our Heroes is seeking an individual, currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, who seeks a paid internship focused on administrative and research support during the Fall semester. Candidate must be based in DC, and have an avid interest in the veterans related issues, and/or operations and administration. Excellent organization and communication skills; proficiency in MS Office ; strong proofreading and editing skills.

Please send your application, resume and cover letter to Ethan Bishop at ebishop@uschamber.com.


U.S. Chamber Litigation Center and Office of the General Counsel

Title: Legal Intern

Department Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business organization, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to the Chamber and its affiliates on a wide range of legal issues. The National Chamber Litigation Center advocates for fair treatment of business in the courts and before regulatory agencies.

Job Responsibilities:

As a Legal Intern at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, you will work with the in-house lawyers of both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.  This is a great opportunity for a law student to gain valuable experience in an in-house legal environment, working on corporate, litigation, and compliance matters.  Among other things, your duties will include:

*          Assisting lawyers and communications professionals in the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center to manage a broad portfolio of federal and state court litigation matters, including Supreme Court amicus briefs and regulatory challenges under the Administrative Procedures Act;

*         Assisting lawyers in the Chamber's Office of the General Counsel to provide advice to in-house clients on a variety of matters including commercial contracts; financial transactions; corporate governance; intellectual property; tax, lobbying and election law compliance; congressional matters and litigation; and

*         Assisting lawyers in both of these law departments to research, monitor, and analyze emerging legal issues that significantly impact the business community.

Qualifications: This internship will be for academic credit, not for monetary compensation.


Please submit your application and resume to Steve Lehotsky at slehotsky@uschamber.com.


Institute for 21st Century Energy

Title: Fellow

Department Description: The U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute) is working to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful action at the local, state, national, and international levels.  The Energy Institute partners with state and local chambers nationally on initiatives to inform public official, business leaders, and the public on current energy issues.  For more information on the Energy Institute, visit www.energyxxi.org.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Draft letters and other materials;
  • Report production and design;
  • Assist with website maintenance and digital media outreach;
  • Support with event planning; and
  • Track proposed legislation in Congress and attend hearings on Capitol Hill.

Qualifications: Outstanding written and oral communications skills are essential. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and internet research skills are required. Candidates should be hard-working and solution-oriented self-starters who work well on a team. 

Please submit your application and resume to Leila Getto at lgetto@uschamber.com.


U.S.-India Business Council

Title: USIBC Intern

Job Responsibilities:

*         Research and analyze developments in India's economic policy and assist in the preparation of background briefs, sector updates, press releases, and official correspondence;

*         Track relevant U.S. and Indian legislation, calls for comments, and position papers of interest to member-companies;

*         Research the activities of current and potential member-companies and foundations;

*         Participate in relevant government and company meetings, as appropriate;

*         Assist staff in the planning and organization of Council events, presentations and missions to India; and

*         Assist staff in contact management, website maintenance, and member communications.

Qualifications: Enrolled in the final year of an undergraduate degree or graduate program and available 2 full days of the week; strong writing skills; interest in trade and investment policy, political economy, public policy, and/or government affairs; interest in U.S.-India commercial relations; previous India knowledge and/or experience is helpful but not required; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; professional demeanor and comfort attending member-company and government meetings, as deemed appropriate; and team-player willing to pitch in for "all hands on deck" events.

Please send Cover Letter, writing sample, application, and resume to Reena Vogt at rvogt@uschamber.com.