The Future Global Leaders Program is a Trade Center internship program offering graduate and undergraduate students practical experience researching international markets and assisting Maine businesses.
Candidates are selected from an applicant pool based on academic performance, demonstrated research and writing ability, and interest in the international trade arena.
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.
Fall 2012 internships
We are now accepting applications for our Fall session (September 10 - December 31). Deadline for applications is Friday, July 20, 2012. All applications received by this date will be considered. Please note that MITC internships are part-time and located in the Portland office.
- 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
- 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.
- Contact - 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 when appropriate.
- Perspective - Assisting Maine companies with their export or import-related questions offer students a unique window into the challenges of international business.
- 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 events, receptions and seminars and to events and seminars hosted by federal and state agencies and other non-profit organizations.
How to apply
We look forward to the opportunity to review your application. Please prepare:
- A cover letter explaining your background, your reason for applying, and how an internship at the Trade Center will fit with your future plans.
- Your most 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 package to:
Maine International Trade Center
511 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101