U.S. Department of Commerce

 

U.S. Department of Commerce

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: Our office coordinates the development of the Department Strategic Plan and Learning Agenda. We develop status reports on strategic progress and facilitate the development of evidence and evaluation to support policy development.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The intern will investigate opportunities to use statistics and administrative data to develop better metrics to monitor strategic progress. They will also support editing and refinement of the Strategic Plan and Learning Agenda that is developed in the first year of a new administration. Depending on their skills, they may assist in developing improved improved analytics to support operations.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: 

  • Graphic Design
  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • "plain language" writing skills
  • This is not required, but skills in linking data would help us explore ways of developing improved metrics

REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: The team meets virtually daily; the intern will be included in most of our virtual meetings with staff from the Commerce bureaus; we share documents for editing. Occasional virtual social events are held.

TIME ZONE: ET

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)


2020 Intern Reflection:

Before the start of my virtual internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce Performance Excellence Office, I could not have anticipated just how uniquely rewarding this experience would be. My internship has been filled with endless opportunities to learn, both about the internal workings of federal government and the larger national economic landscape; to grow my professional skillset; and to share in a culture of extraordinary camaraderie with my team. I begin each morning with a daily check-in call with my supervisors and fellow interns — we discuss what we’re working on, what we’re looking forward to, and upcoming assignments. Along with longer weekly check-ins, these calls help us stay calibrated and connected as a team, creating a strong sense of community for which I was very grateful during this remote internship. Throughout the course of the summer, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a front-row seat to the workings of the federal government and of the various bureaus of the Department. I have been able to follow the progress of the U.S. Census Pulse Surveys amid the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. One of the aspects of this experience I’ve loved most is that there really is no end to the learning that takes place. As an intern, I have been able to dial into and participate in numerous Department meetings, dive into specialized topics through webinars with The Brookings Institution and The Aspen Institute, and receive training on using The Bloomberg Terminal.

My work assignments for the Performance Excellence team are varied and consistently interesting. Some of my short-term tasks include performing data review and proposing recommendations for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) processes; writing a guest blog post on updates for the Department’s Agency Priority Goals; and taking notes and providing recaps for meetings and webinars. My long-term project consists of selecting topics, researching, and writing for the Department’s Environmental Scan, a document highlighting important trends to be included in a Strategic Plan published one year after the President-elect’s inauguration. I work with topics ranging from quantum computing to broadband access to extreme weather, and I have thoroughly enjoyed cross-collaborating with various Department bureaus along the way.

-Elizabeth Guo '22

Washington, D.C.