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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

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 June 25, 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:

Unprecedented growth in world trade, new trade agreements, and increased trade complexity make the trade compliance process activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection more important than ever. We interact with both importers and exporters and are responsible for decisions regarding a staggering variety of merchandise, manufactured goods, and commodities.

You will be responsible for classifying and appraising a portion of the billions of dollars’ worth of commercially imported merchandise that enters the U.S. every year. You will determine which products may legally enter the country by enforcing laws protecting public health and safety, intellectual property rights, fair trade practices and the like. You may also play a key role in criminal enforcement team investigations of smuggling, commercial fraud, and counterfeiting.

Seven weeks of specialized training will enable you to develop an expert knowledge of import and export trends, commodities, and industries, as well as complex international trade agreements. This position will call on your intellect, discipline, organizational abilities, and analytical skills.

In addition to great Federal benefits, you will have the satisfaction of being an expert in a top international trade career.

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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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