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Internship Opportunity: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chemist

This is a paid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - paid

Location: Various

Sector: Government

Start Date: Fall 2019

Wage or benefits: Paid

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Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to college seniors and recent alumni

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Application Deadline: Join the webinar on July 9, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST to learn about CBP careers and participate in a live Q&A and details on the application deadline

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Brief Description of the organization:

With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

This job series covers positions that specialize in providing technical support for the planning, direction, and control of the Division’s activities related to Customs laboratories and for technological and scientific matters of concern to Customs and to the domestic, importing, and exporting communities. Chemists serve as technical experts and laboratory liaisons to classified or sensitive information operatives in other Government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the FBI, ATF, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Work within this job series includes a broad range of activities involving complex, obscure, or novel aspects of chemistry in the Customs laboratories, such as dealing with technological developments; new products; and the latest (and sometimes conflicting) experimental evidence and trends to enhance the agency mission. The work involves planning, developing, and conducting vital Customs laboratory programs that have national and, in some cases, international effect. Typical work assignments may include:

  • Providing scientific and technical advice to Headquarters personnel regarding field laboratory equipment utilization records, maintenance schedules, modification or replacement specifications, and long-range, service wide instrumentation requirements
  • Providing Customs management with analysis of the technical impact of proposed or enacted legislation, regulations, etc., and suggesting appropriate courses of action
  • Coordinating various aspects of sample control programs, especially regarding the format and content of the National Commodity Sampling Information System (NCSIS); the laboratories’ dissemination of and follow-up to highlighting reports; and developing and implementing programs to improve the selectivity of commodity sampling
  • Determining the need for, developing, and implementing programs to acquire specialized instruments along with the required expertise and facility accommodations
  • Formulating and approving long-range national technical training plans for the Customs laboratory system based on technical-needs assessments from field trips, review of operational data, lab reports, etc.
  • Representing the Division in meetings between Customs officers, representatives of domestic or foreign trade, and/or officials of other governmental agencies.

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How to apply:

  1. Register for a webinar:
  2. Request an official transcript showing proof of graduation.
  3. Join the webinar to learn about CBP careers and participate in a live Q&A.
  4. Receive a link to apply at the end of the webinar!

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More information regarding the webinar will shared with webinar registrants. Email should you have any questions regarding registration.

This is a paid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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