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Office of Policy Analysis and Development - Intern

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:  Policy Analysis and Development Intern, (20-25 hours per week)

Supervisor: Bridget Gonzales, Chief, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

Description of Duties

The selected candidate will:

  • Research and analyze economic contributions of African American-, Hispanic-, Asian and Pacific Islander-, American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses
  • Identify and prepare data from public/private sources and analyze impacts on underserved businesses
  • Explore the availability, cost and process for accessing public and private sector datasets of interest to MBDA
  • Provide input and support for initiatives to raise the level of data practices, data awareness, and data science in MBDA. 

Skills Required/ Targeted Majors

Research skills, communication skills, attention to detail, writing skills, ability to multitask in fast-paced environments, and proficiency in Excel and Word formats. Background/interest in entrepreneurship, business development, public policy, and data analytics.


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, 2021
  • Fall Internship (September – December): Must be received by 5PM ET on July 26th, 2021
  • Winter Internship (January – March): Must be received by 5PM ET on November 22nd, 2021
  • Spring Internship (April – May): Must be received by 5PM ET on February 21st, 2022


Any questions, must be directed to MBDA Internship Coordinators: