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.

Are You a Future Global Leader?

As a MITC Intern…

You will be challenged with meaningful work and will be responsible for meeting deadlines, producing results, and contributing to MITC’s role to enhance global competitiveness and success for Maine businesses and organizations.

In addition to assigned projects and tasks, you will participate in weekly staff meetings to gain an understanding of real-world organizational dynamics and management functions.

To cap off your experience, you will have the opportunity to present your key accomplishments and  learnings to the team, providing valuable feedback to continue improving the internship experience for future cohorts.

In recent years, MITC has hosted interns representing Bowdoin College, Colby College, Husson University, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, and University of New England.

Where Are They Now?

Catching Up with Former Interns

Application Deadline for Spring 2025

Tuesday, December 3 at 5:00 PM

Internship Benefits

Experiential Learning: participation in events, company outreach meetings and visits, and planning/strategy meetings with collaborators and partners

Real-World Applied Research: fielding technical assistance queries from MITC clients and members; determining product classifications, industry codes, tariff rates and taxes for imported and exported goods; researching “best markets” for products; identifying industry- and product-specific trade leads and trends

Program Development: assist with Future Global Leaders program recruitment through information sessions and career fairs; develop and/or refine guidelines or processes for special projects; and welcome the next cohort of incoming interns

Professional Development: focus on key competencies such as perspective and priority setting; conduct peer skill inventories and set personal goals; and present learnings and takeaways to MITC staff at the end of the semester

Compensation and Credit:  Interns are compensated at the rate of $16 per hour. Current students typically receive academic credit for MITC internships.

Post-Internship Benefits

  • Make networking connections around the world
  • Join the Future Global Leaders group on LinkedIn
  • Receive invitations to upcoming MITC events
  • Submit your profile for  “Where Are They Now?”


Candidates must be college juniors or seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students and will be 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.

How to Apply

We look forward to reviewing your application, which should include:

  1. Cover letter explaining your background, reason for applying, and how an internship at MITC will further your future goals.
  2. Current resume.
  3. Copy of your grades (does not need to be an *official* transcript, an online printout will suffice).
  4. Writing sample (an essay or report that you have submitted for one of your courses).
  5. Send completed package to:

Maine International Trade Center
ATTN: Internships
2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 204
Portland, ME 04101
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