International Internship Program

We offer a year-round volunteer internship program that provides practice and professional work experience and training to students who strive to excel in new challenging environments. Those who apply may also have the opportunity to participate in a dual internship program with the U.S. Department of Commerce Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center, an affiliate of the U.S. Commercial Service.

As an experienced statewide organization helping to advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness, CITD is always looking for bright and energetic individuals to join our team of student volunteers.

International Trade Research Assistants become involved in the daily operational aspects of managing a high activity office. Projects range from coordinating market research to counseling domestic buyers and sellers seeking U.S. sources of products and services. Interns will also assist with trade seminar development, trade show certification and current international products. Furthermore, there are numerous opportunities to interact with California businesses, foreign visitors, and international student interns.

Since the program’s inception, more than 150 community college, university, and graduate students have improved their international trade knowledge, contributed to the development of CITD, and helped local businesses go global.

Daily Job Activities

  • Conducting market research for clients
  • Coordinating trade events
  • Generating written reports and email materials
  • Observing client counseling sessions
  • Light clerical and administrative support duties

Major Areas of Study (but not limited to)

  • All business majors
  • International relations
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing
  • Foreign Language
  • Communications
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Anthropology

Internship Eligibility:
International Trade Research Assistants are chosen through a highly selective process. It is imperative that one is able to communicate in a professional environment, is enthusiastic, and is willing to learn. Foreign travel, studies and language add important dimensions to applicants’ eligibility, but are not required. The minimum time commitment is six months, sixteen hours per week. This is a volunteer internship opportunity and interns must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at an accredited college or university.

  • Dual Internship Program: This internship opportunity is with the Sacramento Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and U.S. Department of Commerce, Sacramento U.S. Export Assistance Center. In addition to the internship eligibility, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

  • CITD Only Internship: In addition to the internship eligibility, this CITD only internship is open for non-U.S. Citizens.

This is a highly competitive position and space is limited. We encourage you to apply and take your professional career to the next level.

If you are interested in applying to become an intern, email your resume and cover letter to

International Trade Research Assistants’ Testimonies

Noelia Loza
“Being part of the Center for International Trade Development team has been a fulfilling and enriching experience. During the internship I was able to assist our International Trade Specialists and was exposed to many different local companies. It was a rewarding experience being able to support Northern California businesses enter the global market.”
Spenser Sellens
Working as an International Trade Research Assistant has allowed me to gain the knowledge and skill set necessary to succeed in a professional environment. The opportunity to participate in the dual internship program allowed me to apply my theoretical classroom knowledge in a real-world setting and give me a professional foundation that will last my entire professional career.”

Karla Guzman
“Being part of the CITD team has been a fulfilling experience. During the internship I was able to assist our International Trade specialists with several facets of international trade, such as conducting research for clients and being in frequent contact with Commercial Service contacts in other countries. I have been exposed to many different local companies and it was a rewarding experience to be able to support Northern California businesses entering the global market.”