INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP
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!
WHO YOU’LL WORK FOR:
- 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.
INTERN ASSIGNMENTS COULD INCLUDE:
- 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 email@example.com. Questions may be directed to this email. Application deadline is January 31, 2022.