MU International Trade Center Interns – Supporting the Decision-Making Needs of Area Businesses

International Trade Center interns gather for a group photo

2023 International Trade Center interns

Sixteen MU and Trulaske College of Business students interning with the MU International Trade Center shared findings from the semester-long global market research projects on December 1, 2023, with four Missouri companies each seeking to expand their sales internationally.  The students have completed extensive research to identify and evaluate international markets with sales potential for each of the participating companies.  Companies working with the Trade Center this Fall included: Edelbrand Pure Distilling  (Marthasville, MO), Innovating Solutions (Kansas City, MO), Pet’s Best Life (Kansas City, MO) and Spirits of ’76 Fireworks (Columbia, MO).  In comments shared with the students following the final presentation Lynn Martin, Owner & CEO of Edelbrand Pure Distilling shared – “What we learned today is going to lay the foundation for something that will help inform our growth plans for the next five years, and beyond. That is no small matter, we could not have done or had that conversation at all without your help.”


Edelbrand Pure Distilling 

Group of International Trade Center interns pose with company representatives
Pictured L-R Bottom: Even Ghebrai, Edelbrand Pure Distilling Owner & CEO Lynn Weber, Edelbrand Pure Distilling Owner & Distiller Martin Weber, Kate Rodgers, L-R Top: Jake Wilson, Melissa Henderson

Innovating Solutions

Group of International Trade Center interns pose after final presentation
Pictured L-R: Dylan Wiles, Sean Michel, Peyton Boyd, Christian Mergia

Pets Best Life 

Group of International Trade Center interns pose for a photo after final presentations
Pictured L-R Bottom: Aisling Kerr, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Alicia Shane L-R Top: Pets Best Life Owner & CEO Joe Roetheli, Mariah Oke-Thomas, Pets Best Life Executive Vice President Doug Pendley, Pets Best Life Deput CEO Steffan Roetheli

Spirit of ’76 Fireworks

Group of International Trade Center interns pose for a group photo after final presentation
Pictured L-R Bottom: Caleb Mitchell, Appy Nguyen, L-R Top: Devin Bly, Ty Rouse