About the Bilateral Chamber
The Bilateral Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront of global commerce. As a widely recognized cross-industry expert and resource, the Chamber strives to strengthen international cooperation by advancing collaborative economic and commercial solutions founded on the principles of mutual respect and understanding. The depth of their expertise spans four economic sectors:
- Health Care
- Information and Communications Technology
As a federal contractor for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Chamber hosts a broad spectrum of reverse trade missions to the U.S. and brings foreign delegations representing billions of dollars in commercial opportunities to the front door of U.S. companies. We also serve as a trusted partner to many public sector entities, including U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy and State, and numerous state and municipal agencies throughout the U.S.
About the Partnership
The Bilateral Chamber is committed to global engagement and the promotion of the leadership, visibility and participation of youth in international affairs.
The relationship between the Honors College at the University of Houston (Honors) and the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce is one that mutually serves the Houston community, the chamber, Honors students and the University of Houston.
Honors students work as part of the Bilateral Chamber internship team and are given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international economic, political and cultural issues, while also gaining knowledge of how a small nonprofit organization operates.
Interns have the opportunity to meet accomplished leaders, international affairs experts and business development professionals who can help guide their career paths.
This opportunity gives students the means to use and grow their practical experience in a professional working environment.
Students will be engaged in projects that will inspire them to enhance their critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills, while simultaneously gaining insight from, and exposure to, senior public and private sector leaders from the United States and around the world.
About the Opportunity
Students attending the Honors College at the University of Houston are selected to focus on planning and outreach for programs featuring U.S. and international officials and experts. This internship provides opportunities for Honors students to contribute to local, regional, national and international initiatives. Interns enhance the services and capacities of Bilateral Chamber, its community and corporate partners, and generally serve the greater community in meaningful ways.
In addition to assisting with the Bilateral Chamber’s Insight Series programs, interns contribute to daily operations and, from time to time, will be assigned tasks including, but not limited to:
- research on foreign and domestic economic relations
- due diligence on potential member or sponsor companies
- database updates
- other general tasks as assigned
- Ability to flourish in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment while maintaining a calm and positive demeanor
- Ability to excel under minimal supervision to focus and finish a task within a deadline
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to inform via written and oral communication
- Innovative self-starter with problem solving skills, creativity, ambition and a strong work ethic
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications