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Office of Grants Management

Organizational Overview

The mission of Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is to foster the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned firms in the United States. This is accomplished primarily through a nationwide network of MBDA Business Centers staffed with business experts who provide minority entrepreneurs with strategic business consulting services designed to assist with access to contracts, capital and markets. The efforts of the agency cross public, private, state and local governmental, business and institutional interests. The programs impact heavily on job creation, economic revitalization, community sustainability as well as regional, national and global competitiveness.

Position Title:  Program Analyst (GRANTS) Intern, (20-25 hours per week)

Supervisor:  Tamara Marshall-Jones, Chief, Office of Grants Management

Description of Duties

This position is located within the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau within the Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Grants Management (OGM). This position is of critical importance to MBDA’s ability to support the more than $9.7 million minority business enterprises (MBEs). The primary emphasis of this position is grant and cooperative agreement development, administration, and technical oversight. The wide-range and variety of financial assistance actions provided include grants, cooperative agreements, master cooperative agreements with task agreements. The purpose of this position is to serve as a Grants Management Specialist or Program Analyst (GRANTS) who supports, coordinates, or oversees a wide range of grants management activities throughout the grant’s lifecycle, including pre-award and post-award functions associated with federal assistance programs governed by the Minority Business Development Act of 2021.


Skills Required/ Targeted Major

Research skills, accounting or auditing skills, communication (oral and written) skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask in fast-paced environments, and proficiency in Excel and Word formats. Background/interest in entrepreneurship and business development is a plus.


Eligibility Requirements:  

  1. Must be enrolled in an accredited institution or a recent graduate within 12 months of graduation
  2. Must be at least 18 years old
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen
  4. Applicant must meet the Department's policy on employment of relatives. Contact Internship Coordinator for more information. 
  5. If selected, must pass a background check prior to start date


Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Internship (June – August): Must be received by 5PM ET on May 10th, 2023
  • Fall Internship (September – December): Must be received by 5PM ET on August 1st, 2023


Any questions, must be directed to MBDA Internship Coordinators: