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Internship Program

The U.S. Commercial Service Portugal offers short-term internship opportunities throughout the year at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.

What you would be doing?

The U.S. Commercial Service assists U.S. companies entering the Portuguese market and helps Portuguese firms in their efforts to profit from their alliances with American companies either by representing American manufactures, utilizing American products, or through joint venture arrangements. To support these objectives, the office analyzes information on the Portuguese market, facilitates contacts with Portuguese businesses, promotes US products in the Portuguese marketplace, and advocates US business interests.

Interns assist Commercial Service staff by:

  • Conducting market research
  • Assisting companies seeking information
  • Assisting to organize trade missions
  • Organization of and participation in commercial events
  • Updating and improving this website
  • Administrative work

Who is eligible?

In order to participate in this program you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Passing the US government background check (every intern has to give detailed personal information for a security check)
  • Availability for at least 3 months
  • Enrolment at a university or institute of higher education
  • Fluency of the Portuguese and English languages
  • Good communication and computer skills

Selection is made without regard to considerations of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, or handicap. Every intern has to receive a positive security check by the U.S. Government prior to the start of his/her internship.

Payment and Insurance

This internship is a volunteer service. Federal regulations prohibit financial compensation. An official letter of recommendation will be provided. Most universities will award 3-6 credits for a completed internship. No federal government liability is assumed.

How to apply

Your application (at least 4 months in advance) must include:

  • Cover Letter: Why you want to be an intern, what you have to offer and how you hope to benefit from the internship.
  • Resume: Future goals, computer skills, past experience, including academic accomplishments, citizenship, year of studies.
  • Proof of student status at a university or institute of higher education
  • References: names and contact information or letter of reference

For your planning

The internship will be at least 3 months, starting dates are flexible. Remember to plan 3 months till your security check is completed (including a personal interview with an official security officer). Your work time will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our offices are closed on official Portuguese and American holidays.


Please submit your internship application via email to , or call us if you have any questions.

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