I helped prepare the Commercial Service's 2015 Country Commercial Guide (CCG), one of the Embassy's most widely distributed reports. This report presents a comprehensive look at Spain’s commercial environment, using economic, political and market analysis. I was the primary intern responsible for conducting extensive research for and editing of the CCG to prepare for it to be sent to the State Department and then distributed on.
I also participated in several meetings regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Attendees at these meetings included officials from different sections of the US Embassy Spain as well as their Spanish and European counterparts.
Moreover, I assisted with several USCS Spain core services, such as conducting market research, compiling databases, and contacting potential clients in several sectors including medical, travel and tourism, investment, and pumps and valves.
One of the highlights of my summer internship was definitely the opportunity to actively participate in meetings and briefings regarding the TTIP. This is a controversial policy issue that is currently in negotiation, and it was extremely interesting to be able to witness TTIP talks behind-the-scenes and to meet some of the people who are working so hard to make this a reality.
Another highlight was being able to meet and attend receptions with important Embassy people including the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, the Deputy Chief Mission, and various Diplomats. One of the benefits to not interning in D.C. is that there are far fewer interns roaming around so all of us are important and appreciated!