Job Overview


The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated "Most Improved Small Agency" in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 7th overall in the 2015 Best Places to Work Index.

An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high­-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases; and publishes the United States' tariff schedule.  You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

This position is October 2016-July 2017, with the possibility of extension for an additional year. You may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, after successful completion, provided you satisfy the program and work requirements, and funding is available. There is no implied expectation of conversion in this career opportunity.

Internships may be extended through the school year based on workload requirements and budget availability.  This appointment does not confer permanent federal status. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement based on need.

If selected for this exciting student opportunity, you must Enter on Duty on or before October 3, 2016.  You must also be willing to physically work at the USITC in Washington, DC, for the duration of this project, which could last up to one year.  Those highly qualified candidates who can commit to these requirements will be placed at the top of our selection list.  Please indicate on the assessment questionnaire your willingness to accept these requirements. This is a unique opportunity to be involved with the USITC's Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petitions Process, which was mandated by Congress with the intent to enhance U.S. competitiveness. 


The position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Industries, Chemicals and Textiles Division or Advanced Technology and Machinery Division. As an International Trade Analyst (ITA) Trainee, you will perform a variety of duties designed to encourage professional growth and development, through a variety of experiences, including the collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation of data related to international trade in the products under investigation, and the U.S. industries affected by that trade.

You will perform short and medium term projects related to tasks assigned to higher-graded international trade analysts. Specifically, under the guidance of either a supervisory ITA or an ITA, the incumbent will assist in collecting, analyzing, and reconciling primary and secondary data relevant to miscellaneous tariff petitions (MTPs), the resolution of which will, in most instances, have a significant impact on international trade in the subject merchandise. You will conduct qualitative and quantitative industry and economic research and analysis utilizing a variety of sources(e.g., calling or emailing companies and other organizations in addition to internet searches) and tools (e.g., MS Excel).  You will also assist in the analysis and presentation of data in such a way as to be of maximum use to the Commission. You may also participate in preparing interpretive reports (using MS Word and, as necessary, MS Excel). You may also conduct targeted research on international trade issues and topics, including summarizing findings through written products and perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No