North American Free Trade Agreement Treaty Signing – October 1992
Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, US President George H. W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney standing behind respective representatives Jaime Serra Puche, Carla Hills, and Michael Wilson
The Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr. Internships in International Trade program offers Bush School students a professional development opportunity that will make them internationally competitive for future careers in trade policy. Through this program, students will gain real-world experience and skills 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 Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of 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.
- Ana Mazmishvili, 2020, Center for Growth and Opportunity, Washington, DC (remotely)
- Nereyda Yovana Ortiz Osejo, 2020, Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, Dallas, TX (remotely)
- Congyi Dai, 2019, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
- Chase Blazek, 2019, US-ASEAN Business Council, Washington, DC
- Carolina Albuja Batallas, 2018, Organization of American States, Washington, DC
- Amanda Satterwhite, 2018, World Bank, Washington, DC
- Rachel Paige Casey, 2017, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
- Rebecca Skaff, 2017, USTR, Office of Textiles, Washington, DC
- Lauren Davis, 2016, USTR, Central and South Asian Affairs, Washington, DC
- Greg Klein, 2016, USTR, Western Hemisphere Office, Washington, DC
- Leah Crowder, 2015, US Commercial Service, US Embassy, Madrid, Spain
- Miguel Eusse, 2015, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
- Camille Vega, 2014, International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
- Hugo Hernandez, 2014, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Washington, DC
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 maintain a final fall semester minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have no final course grade lower than a B. They also 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:
- Applicant’s academic standing in first-semester courses 15 points
- Applicant’s statement of purpose, including description of search strategy (3 pages) 20 points
- Letter of recommendation from a Bush School faculty member 15 points
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.
- Applicant’s CV: Applicants should include their CV with their application; however, undergraduate transcripts should not be included.
- Academic Standing: Applicants must maintain a final fall semester minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have no final course grade lower than a B in order to be considered for the Mosbacher Trade Internship Program. Applicants must sign and submit a consent form provided by the Mosbacher Institute allowing the Internship Advisory Committee to view their final semester grades.
- Statement of Purpose: Applicants should address the points below in their statement of purpose.
- Describe the characteristics that qualify you for this internship award. What are your most salient skills and achievements?
- Describe your professional development: your motivations and aspirations, both medium- and long-term. What skills will you need for what kind of work?
- Discuss one key trade policy issue that interests you, and explain why it interests you. Be as specific as possible.
- Present your search plans and preferences for the summer internship.
- Letter of Recommendation: The letter of recommendation should be from an instructor in a Bush School course who is not serving on the Mosbacher Internship Advisory Committee and should be submitted by the instructor via e-mail or hard copy directly to the assistant director of the Mosbacher Institute.
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. 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
- Selected applicants will meet with Mosbacher Institute and Career Services staff to create a list of potential host institutions. The intern will then implement his/her search strategy, consulting as needed with Mosbacher Institute and Career Services staff and keeping these staff informed about exchanges and outcomes.
- Some institutions’ online application systems have deadlines that must be met before the Mosbacher Internship selection process is complete. Students who want to pursue these options are urged to submit such applications on time.
- Interns are encouraged to keep a record of the professional contacts made during the search and internship.
Upon completion of the internship, the recipient is responsible for delivering the following to the Mosbacher Institute:
- Immediately upon return, the intern will fill out a brief internship evaluation survey
- By October 1, the intern will submit one of the two possible post-internship reports:
- A report, approximately five pages in length, 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.
- Alternatively, the recipient may choose to draft a Takeaway policy brief, which could potentially be published by the Mosbacher Institute. The Takeaway policy briefs feature concise, non-technical analysis and practical recommendations about current public policy issues. This alternative may be more attractive to students working on a single research project over the course of the internship. The Takeaway is approximately 1,000 – 1,200 words in length (4 pages), depending upon the number of graphs and charts. The Mosbacher Institute has a template, which must be used.
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