The Mosbacher Institute’s two 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein, spent their summers serving in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC. Read the spotlight interviews below to learn more about their internships.
The Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr. Internships in International Trade program offers Bush School students a professional development opportunity to form unique skills that will make them internationally competitive for future careers in trade policy. Through this program, students will gain real-world experience in some of the world’s most influential work settings. They will build their knowledge of key and complex aspects of the international trade system, such as formulation of trade rules; financing, regulatory, and enforcement mechanisms; negotiation and accession processes; and dispute resolution tools.
Another major goal of the program is to build the students’ skills in job search, financial management, and networking in the international context. With the support of the Institute, students will be expected to secure their internships, plan and oversee the disbursement of their internship funds, and deliver high-quality outputs from their internship experiences.
The internships take place in the summer months (usually mid-May through July or August) and are contingent upon students seeking and obtaining placement in major trade-related organizations, such as the World Trade Organization, the Trade and Agriculture Department of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce.
Each Mosbacher intern receives up to $10,000 to cover expenses (including travel) associated with his or her summer internship. Thus far, the Mosbacher Institute has offered support for two internships annually; however, it is the Institute’s intent to be able to expand the number of internship awards as more funding becomes available.
Applicants to the program must be enrolled in their first year of study in the Master of Public Service and Administration or Master of International Affairs program at the Bush School, and they must have completed the First Year Career Seminar through the Bush School's Office of Career and Student Services. Applicants with strong backgrounds and practical experience in economics, finance, statistics, and international economics and/or trade topics will have priority in the selection process.
Applications for the summer internships are due to the Mosbacher Institute in the fall of the prior year on a date that is announced to all Bush School students.
The Office of Student Career Services is available to students to give feedback on drafts of internship applications, the search process, and funding procedures.
The Mosbacher Internship Advisory Committee reviews applications and ranks them based on the following criteria:
After the Mosbacher Internship Advisory Committee reviews the applications, it will inform successful applicants prior to the beginning of the spring semester. It is important to note that the financial award is contingent upon the awardee securing an internship in a major trade-related organization to be approved by the Director of the Mosbacher Institute.
Application Submission: Complete applications are comprised of 1) the applicant’s CV, 2) a signed consent form for the Mosbacher Institute to verify academic standing, 3) a statement of purpose, and 4) a letter of recommendation (to be submitted by the professor). Details of these components are provided below. Applications must be submitted via e-mail or hard copy to the assistant director of the Mosbacher Institute by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline specified.
Each Mosbacher Internship will grant a successful applicant a sum of $10,000 for an international trade internship and $7,500 for a domestic internship. The intern will use this sum to cover round-trip airfare, rent, insurance, meals, local transportation, and living expenses. The intern is responsible for wise and careful use of the grant funds and for tracking his/her expenses. The awarded sum is the total of the internship’s financial support; requests or claims in excess of this amount will not be honored. These funds will be awarded as a scholarship. If the internship obtained is paid, the Mosbacher Institute will make up the difference between the amount received from the paid internship and the amount of the internship award so that in total, the recipient receives the full amount of the internship award.
Job search and networking
Upon completion of the internship, the recipient will fill out a brief internship evaluation survey for the Mosbacher Institute immediately upon return to the Bush School. Additionally, by the following October 1, the recipient will submit a report, approximately five pages in length, to the Mosbacher Institute describing 1) the policy topic(s) researched, 2) a description of his/her role in the study and the analytical tools used, 3) a summary of the key findings, 4) the policy implications of the project, and 5) the professional benefits received from participating in the project.
The Institute will spearhead the intern application and selection process, and provide the appropriate awarded amount per internship to the intern. The Institute will share relevant contacts and information with the interns related to the application processes to the potential host institutions. While Interns are responsible for “closing” on their internships, the Institute will backstop the search with information and guidance. The Institute will also share practical advice and knowledge relating to living and working abroad. In addition, the Mosbacher Institute will review the quality of Mosbacher Internships and their related outputs, providing the necessary monitoring to ensure the Program’s track record of successful internship experiences.
The Bush School, through the Office of Student Career Services, and the Mosbacher Institute will encourage potential host institutions to provide as stimulating a learning and professional environment as possible for the intern. One key feature of such an environment is an active internship supervisor who, as the main professional contact for the intern at the host institution, shall be accessible to the intern for guidance and assignment of tasks. The Mosbacher Institute also expects the host institution to provide some minor administrative support, especially at the beginning of the internship period, to ensure that the intern has an appropriate workstation and the necessary local knowledge to function well in his/her role at the institution.
Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy
The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4220
Phone (979) 845-1532
Fax (979) 845-4155