Expand Your World

The Northern California World Trade Center’s competitive internship and volunteer programs connect students, recent graduates, and other community members with the dynamic world of global trade, international relations, and California business development.

Broaden Your Horizons

As an intern at the Northern California World Trade Center, you will expand upon your educational backgrounds while gaining valuable real-world experience and strong professional connections.

Interns and volunteers have the unique opportunity to interact with international leaders, conduct trade research, support programs for foreign diplomats, and participate in the daily operations of the region’s preeminent non-profit organization responsible for international trade and diplomacy promotion. Internships are tailored to meet the individual interests and goals of each intern, with the descriptions below serving as a baseline for each program.

These positions are unpaid unless otherwise specified, but we encourage prospective interns to coordinate with university advisers to receive course credit.

Requirements:

3-month minimum with at least 12 hours a week in the office. 6-12 month internships preferred. Strong communication skills are essential. Knowledge of social media and web design, foreign language experience and degree or field of study in international relations, economics, policy, business or marketing are a plus.

International Visitors Programming Intern

This internship is a unique opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of global diplomacy, international culture, and the diverse work of the vibrant organizations in the greater Sacramento region that attract nearly 500 international delegates each year. Interns in this position support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

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Events and Communications Intern

One of the primary functions of the NorCalWTC is to foster international trade connections with local businesses in Northern California. Interns in this position will help with the development and production of events and communications through social media, community outreach, and additional programs support. Interns in this position will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of NorCalWTC events and programs.

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Trade Programs Intern

One of the primary functions of the NorCalWTC is to foster international trade connections with local businesses in Northern California. Interns in this position will focus on helping the organization meet its goals and objectives related to member services, event and program marketing, trade research, and business development. Interns in this position will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of NorCalWTC events and programs.

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International Visitors Programming Intern

This internship is a unique opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of global diplomacy, international culture, and the diverse work of the vibrant organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that attract nearly 800 international delegates each year. Interns in this position support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

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Deadlines

Application deadlines for Sacramento internships:

  • Winter – November 1 
  • Spring – February 1
  • Summer – April 1
  • Fall – June 1

Application deadlines for San Francisco internships:

  • Fall – September 7
  • Spring – December 2.
  • Summer – April 27.

Internship positions are open until filled.

 

Questions?

For questions about the San Francisco internships, please contact Cortney Grekin at cgrekin@norcalwtc.org

For questions about the Sacramento internships, please contact Tera Hannah at thannah@norcalwtc.org