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Internship Opportunities

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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