Future Global Leader: International Trade Research

Maine International Trade Center (MITC) | Portland, ME, United States

Posted Date 10/07/2022


(Apply by Mon 11/21/22)

Future Global Leaders is a paid internship program open to college students and recent college graduates! Our international market research internships provide practical experience for students, while also assisting Maine businesses. 

As Research Assistants, MITC interns learn about international trade from Maine’s point of view, hone internet and other secondary research skills, and gain valuable insight into what real Maine companies doing business internationally need to know. In addition to an overview of the tools of international trade (Harmonized Tariff Schedule, International Market Reports, Tariffs and Taxes, and U.S. Census data), interns are encouraged to attend our Global U trade education seminars and webinars, as well as networking events for our member companies.

Candidates must have completed their junior year of college before beginning the internship and are selected from an applicant pool based on academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher required), demonstrated research and writing ability, and interest in the international trade arena. In addition, candidates must be currently living in Maine and legally eligible to work in Maine.

Internship Benefits 

  • Reimbursement – Interns are compensated at the rate of $16 per hour.
  • Academic credit – Students typically receive academic credit for MITC internships.
  • Experience – Solid, practical work experience researching international markets in a professional environment.
  • Connections – MITC Research Assistants have the opportunity to work directly with Maine companies under proper supervision. Research Assistants are encouraged to go on company visits and client calls with staff members when appropriate.
  • Perspective – Assisting Maine companies with their export or import-related questions offers students a unique window into the challenges and opportunities for Maine companies doing business internationally.
  • In-depth analysis – Possibility of long-term assignment to course-specific, country-specific or industry-specific projects, including biotechnology, environmental technology, secondary wood products, composite materials, consumer goods, food, and software/IT.
  • Access – To MITC programs and events, as well as events and seminars hosted by federal and state agencies and other economic development organizations.

How to Apply

We look forward to the opportunity to review your application, which should include:

  • A cover letter explaining your background, your reason for applying, and how an internship at MITC will further your future goals.
  • A current resume.
  • A copy of your grades (it need not be an *official* transcript – an online printout will suffice).
  • A writing sample (an essay or report that you have submitted for one of your courses).

See https://www.mitc.com/about/internships/ for more information. Also, check out these videos that describe the Future Global Leader experience: 2022 Future Global Leader Award - Abigail Gray on Vimeo and Maine International Trade Center (vimeo.com)

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