WITA Internships

Seasonal Selection Cycle*:

  • Fall selections are made in August;
  • Spring selections are made in early December;
  • Summer selections are made in mid April.

*WITA will also consider other applicants on a rolling basis, so please feel free to send applications throughout the year.

Actual start dates may vary depending on the schedule of the student(s) selected. Interested applicants should apply prior to the start of the appropriate selection month for highest consideration.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 INTERNSHIPS. Please send us your resume and cover letter. Interviews will commence in the following weeks. For quotes from past interns and details on internship duties: The WITA Internship Experience: WITA Interns speak!

WITA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the nation’s capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade issues. We rely heavily upon the support and assistance of our volunteer interns. In return, interns are given tremendous opportunity to learn about the global trade community, the Washington political environment, and specifics of international trade–as well as practical office skills, event management, networking, and professional interaction.

Students with a demonstrated interest in international trade policy are strongly preferred. WITA is seeking undergrads or fresh graduates with a strong demonstrated interest in international relations, trade, and/or economics. Those fitting this description will do well to apply. Master’s candidates as WITA interns are rare but do occur.

Please review the Internship Duties and Responsibilities Doc at the bottom of this page before applying. We accept internship applications throughout the year, but suggest applying several months in advance of the desired start date. WITA internships are unpaid; however, transportation costs are reimbursed within reason. Schedules are flexible but should be a minimum of 35 hours or 5 days a week–as close to full time as possible. However, PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO CANDIDATES ABLE TO WORK FULL TIME (40 hours/wk).

The WITA Internship Experience is offered in-person to all those who are fully vaccinated. 

Summer interns are suggested to start by June 1st or earlier. 

Fall interns are suggested to start by September 5th or earlier.

To apply for an internship at WITA:

Serious applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to internships@wita.org. Cover letters should be sent in the body of an email and included as an email attachment, and should state:

  • Three main things that you hope to accomplish or learn during your internship
  • Your time requirements and expectations
  • Your dates of availability

Any information technology experience should be highlighted in the cover letter. Resumes should either be cut and pasted into the body of an email, or sent as a Microsoft Word document, PDF attachment, mailed as hard copy, or faxed to 202-312-1601. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

Preferred: Send cover letter and resume via email to: internships@wita.org With the subject line: Internship Application (or similar)

Or mail hardcopy to:

Managing Director

ATTN: Internship Program

Washington International Trade Association
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite G-329
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 312-1600
FAX: (202) 312-1601