International Trade Policy Overview

Trade policy and promotion includes a variety of activities including analysis of markets, increasing attendance at trade events, identifying agents and distributors as well as disseminating information on export financing. Additional activities include representing business interests with officials of foreign governments, national government agencies, international organizations and trade missions; identifying joint venture partners; researching development projects; and understanding foreign standards, testing, and certification requirements.  Trade policy directly affects virtually all industries.

Position Title Examples

  • Project Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Government Relations Assistant
  • Economic Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Trade Policy Associate

Recommended Experience

  • Experience in the public sector such as export promotion at the Department of Commerce, export licensing at the State Department, and trade finance at the Department of Treasury
  • Understanding of how government works and how to influence policy to the business sector’s advantage
  • Ability to research and analyze markets trends and political developments, both nationally and internationally
  • Inside knowledge of the federal government