Are you globally minded? Are you enrolled in a university-level international business program or interested in expanding your studies to include a global focus? Are you interested in learning how to export goods and services into other countries?

If you answered ‘yes’ to those questions, you should consider a paid International Trade and Development Internship!

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  • This internship program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and matches highly motivated students to companies seeking assistance in developing their export sales.
  • Students work for small- to medium-sized Michigan companies that are interested in or currently exporting.


  • Applications meeting the requirements below are shared with a pool of companies that applied to host summer interns. To view the application requirements for companies, click here.
  • Companies independently interview and hire students best suited for their businesses. Together, companies and interns determine the internship start date, duration, compensation, and schedule.
  • Students may work up to 40 hours per week during the paid internship.
  • The program features a coinciding training component to enrich the internship experience.


  • Hosted by Michigan State University, the training component is a series of learning opportunities aimed at boosting the student’s export competences.
  • Once students are hired in the spring, companies and students meet with training facilitators to learn basics of exporting and to establish a workplan for executing the company’s export goals over the course of the summer.
  • Students then join regular meetings with training facilitators on export topics as well as mentoring sessions throughout the course of the summer internship.


  • Research to identify and enter new and emerging markets
  • Assist with implementing the company’s strategic export plan
  • Communicate with local, state, and national trade assistance agencies to gather resources
  • Conduct follow-up with potential overseas partners and customers
  • Share findings and recommendations to management via reports and presentations


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Enrolled in undergraduate program (sophomore status or higher) or graduate program at time of application (Jan 2022)
  • Enrolled in one of the following areas: business, economics, finance, international business, international relations, management, marketing, supply chain management, or other related studies
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience abroad and foreign language proficiency (preferred)
  • Must participate in a summer training series


Qualified students are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and transcripts to Questions may be directed to this email. Application deadline is January 31, 2022.