Intern with TDA

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The Bill Stafford Student Internship Program

A Trade Alliance internship is an excellent opportunity for qualified college and university students to gain experience working for a cutting-edge international public-private partnership. TDA interns are on the forefront of international business development for the Greater Seattle region.

Requirements Include

  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and verbal communications skills
  • A professional working proficiency with English (ILR Level 3)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Interested or pursuing a degree in International Business, Economics, International Studies, Anthropology or related field
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university or community college
  • A commitment of 16 – 20 hours per week. Preference given to applicants who are able to commit to two quarters

About Bill Stafford

Bill Stafford founded TDA in 1991 and served as president and CEO for 20 years. Bill held senior positions in government at the City of Seattle, including serving as Deputy Mayor to Charles Royer, and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, where he ws responsible for the national, state, regional and international relations of the city. Bill presently serves as a Senior Advisor to TDA and also works in an advisory capacity for Nyhus Communications.

One of the hallmarks of Bill Stafford’s career is nurturing young talent. The Bill Stafford Internship helps carry Bill’s vision of nurturing young talent into the future.

To Apply:

​Please email your resume, cover letter and a writing sample no more than one page long to

“Interning with TDA was a tremendous opportunity where I was able to participate in a variety of professional experiences giving me the chance to develop my skills in order to be successful. Being able to work on the forefront of international business in the Greater Seattle region was an impactful start to my professional career.”
-Sarah Armstrong, TDA Intern 2016 – 2017

“The TDA internship was really my introduction to the international business community in Greater Seattle. I worked on a project that I felt meaningfully contributed to the TDA, while also getting to know many professionals within the international business community. The work I did and the connections I made lead to other research projects during my academic career. The professional network I developed at TDA led to my first job after grad school and I have been with the same company since.” 
-Ryan Dalrymple, TDA Intern 2013

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