Employer: Maine International Trade Center
Internship Number: 326
Internship Title: Future Global Leaders Internship Program
Location: Portland, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall

Fall Applications Open – Deadline is July 13th.

Compensation: Yes
Description of the Internship:
The mission of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is to expand the state’s economy through increased international trade.  MITC accomplishes this mission in a variety of ways, including through one-on-one trade assistance and consulting to Maine businesses.

MITC’s Future Global Leaders Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students interested in the international trade arena an opportunity to gain practical experience researching international markets and assisting Maine businesses.  The program generally secures three interns each semester.

MITC Internship benefits:

  • Reimbursement
  • 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.

For more information on MITC, please visit their website at: http://www.mitc.com/

Responsibilities:
  • 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
Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have completed their junior year of college before beginning the internship
  • Candidates are selected from an applicant pool based on academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher required)
  • Demonstrated research and writing ability
  • Interest in the international trade arena
Application Process:
1. Your application package should include:

  • a cover letter explaining your background, 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)

Forward your complete application package to:

Maine International Trade Center
ATTN: Internships
2 Portland Fish Pier
        Ste 204
Portland, ME 04101
Fax: 207-541-7420

Or apply via email to:  internship@mitc.com

For more information on applying, visit the Future Global Leaders internship website page at:  http://www.mitc.com/about-mitc/internships/

2.  Email a copy of your application materials to UMF’s Partnership at:  pca@maine.edu
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