The Future Global Leaders program is an internship program open to graduate and undergraduate students. With generous support from our sponsors, we offer paid, part-time internships in our Portland office. As a Research Assistant, MITC interns gain practical experience researching international markets and assisting Maine businesses.
Candidates must have completed their sophomore year of college 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.
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM
- Reimbursement: Graduate students are compensated at the rate of $9.00 per hour. Undergraduates receive $8.00 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 offer students a unique window into the challenges and opportunities for Maine companies of 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
- Fielding technical assistance queries from MITC clients
- Determining product classifications, industry codes, tariff rates and taxes for imported and exported goods
- Researching 'best markets' for products
- Sourcing materials internationally
- Researching industry and product-specific trade leads
- Locating appropriate market research reports and news articles
- Locating country-specific trade regulations
- Researching trade statistics
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 school).
Send the completed application package to:
Maine International Trade Center
511 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101