Future Global Leaders is an internship program open to college students and recent college graduates. We offer international market research internships, which provide practical experience for interns and assist Maine businesses. These paid, part-time internships are located in our Portland office. NOTE: At this time, interns are working remotely rather than in our office due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. NOTE: Although interns are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interns are expected to be available for in-person meetings as may be necessary for employment verification, etc.
Application Deadline for Fall 2021: Monday, August 2 at 5:00 pm
See below for application instructions.
- Reimbursement – Interns are compensated at the rate of $12 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.
- 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 country-specific trade regulations, market research reports, and news articles
- Researching trade statistics
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).
Send the completed application package to:
Maine International Trade Center
2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 204
Portland, ME 04101