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U.S. Commercial Service in Singapore | Singapore, Singapore

The U.S. Commercial Service Singapore is charged with helping U.S. firms interested in entering the Singaporean or ASEAN markets. Interns will gain hands-on experience exploring international trade, development, policy, and commercial relationships, particularly between the U.S. and SE Asia. Interns will conduct market research, develop customized solutions for clients, and support trade events.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get an on-the-ground perspective of the business climate in the region. Due to U.S. Government regulations, internships are only available to U.S. citizens.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Internships are available year-round. The USCS accepts candidates on a rolling basis, so interested students (especially for summer term) are encouraged to apply well-ahead of the IE3 Global application deadline.

Duration of Internship:

  • 12 weeks/90 days

The U.S. Commercial Service is part of a global network of trade specialists offering a variety of resources and services to assist U.S. companies internationally. Commercial Service offices operate out of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe in nearly 80 countries. Every year, the CS helps thousands of companies export goods and services worth billions of dollars.

The U.S. Commercial Service in Singapore is charged with helping U.S. firms interested in entering the market in Singapore or other ASEAN markets. Trade professionals work with companies to identify and tailor the perfect mix of CS capabilities to help achieve export goals. The CS provides trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy. Learn more on the U.S. Commercial Service Singapore website.

CS Singapore internships are challenging and rewarding experiences that help interns gain an understanding of the business climate in Singapore and the region. Each intern works with CS staff on a variety of jobs and projects in supporting American companies looking to expand their business in SE Asia. Interns typically conduct market research, assist in developing customized solutions for clients, and support trade events.

The internship period is 12 weeks/90 days. The CS is busy year-round and interns are welcome to come during any term. However, those especially interested in trade events may want to apply for spring, summer, or fall term(s). Up to three interns support the CS each term. The internship is open only to U.S. citizens and final candidates must undergo background/police checks. As these checks can take up to three months to process, late applicants will not be considered.

Academic Background:

This internship is open to students from all majors. Applicants with a background in international business, economics, international relations, or trade are preferred.

Skills / Experience:

Prior experience in trade, public relations, or market research is preferred. Experience using Salesforce and databases is helpful. Candidates should be capable computer users, proficient with at least MS Word and Excel.

Language Requirements:

This is an English language internship. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Other Requirements:

This internship is only open to current U.S. citizens. Applicants must undergo a background/police check by the U.S. government, which takes approximately three months to process.

Interested candidates should submit their IE3 Global application materials well in advance of the deadlines, especially for summer term.

It is recommended that summer candidates submit all application materials to IE3 Global by January 1st. Candidates must go through the interview, approval, and commitment process with IE3 Global before they can be considered by the Commercial Service.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • International Travel: $1,300
  • Visa Fees: $150
  • Recommended Immunizations: $200

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: $800-$1,000
  • Food: $450
  • Local Transportation: $115
  • Recreation: $200
  • Personal Expenses: $100

Budgeting Note: Estimated costs are based on typical internship-related costs and a modest standard of living. Each intern’s costs will vary based on lifestyle choices (eating out vs. cooking, taking public transportation vs. taxis) and recreational spending (travelling on days off, hobbies, etc).

Interns are responsible for finding and arranging their own accommodations. Singapore has strict rules regarding short-term rentals for foreigners (less than three months), so interns should plan ahead to arrange suitable accommodations.

This is a new internship opportunity for IE3 Global students as of 2018. Check back in the future for more information from our interns. In the meantime, read non-IE3 Global intern testimonials on the CS Singapore website.


Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25

Fall: April 15

Winter: September 1

Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- U.S. citizenship

- Coursework in international business, economics, or trade recommended

- Interest in ASEAN economies