Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

International Trade Center

Testimonials & Success Stories

"The International Trade Center market research report was impressive with well-considered, fact-driven, conclusions based on an amazing compilation of data. It was a level of detail that we simply would not have acquired left to our own resources. And of equal importance for both the students and their audience, the final review was conducted with professionalism worthy of any corporate environment. On a planning level, the data in the report enriches our thinking with respect to international markets. At the execution level, the report identifies specific companies in specific countries who are likely candidates for our products. With this information we will be working with MO-DED representatives to see if they can connect us to individual personnel. The students did the ground work and we will build on this with more details to turn their effort into new nitrogen generator sales and more export from Missouri to other countries in the world."

— Thorstein Holt, President
Holtec Gas Systems, Chesterfield, Mo.

Laclede Chain logo"The research completed will certainly help our company as we expand our international sales efforts throughout Latin America. While the written information is valuable, the presentation of this information by the student interns was outstanding. This program is successful and will add value to Laclede Chain as we expand. This is a great program that helps grow industry, blends academic study with the real world of business and prepares students to use their potential for practical industry growth."

— Jim Riley, President & CEO
Laclede Chain Manufacturing Company, Fenton, Mo. 


“The support and assistance of everyone at the International Trade Center has been outstanding. From putting us in touch with the right organizations and expertise to assist with answering technical questions, to customizing research to identify market opportunities, our relationship with the ITC has enabled us to make informed key strategic decisions as we roll out international sales efforts.”

— Rob McCoy, President
Silgan Plastic Food Containers, Union, Mo.


“This program has helped my company tremendously. From assisting with market expansion activities, facilitating background checks, and helping us verify documentation and compliance requirements, I could not have asked for a better team to help me with the international side of things. Not only has the ITC provided excellent customer service, but their research and findings have proven extremely useful and have helped increase our sales internationally.”

— Marcus Solomon, Director of Sales and 
BeWell Health, LLC, home of Nasopure!, Columbia, Mo.


“The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is enormously pleased with the International Market Sector Research as prepared by the MU International Trade Center student intern team.  We consider this analysis and report to be of high professional quality, with sufficient specificity to enable businesses a sound start in their efforts to launch marketing efforts in Central Europe.  It was a pleasure to be included in this program, and we extend our best wishes to the students, and to the faculty and advisors who made it such an impressive success.”

– John Hixson, Vice President Advanced Manufacturing,
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

“The MU International Trade Center arranged for two groups of students to evaluate our company’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.  Both groups prepared professional-quality presentations.  Though the recommendations where not positive, the effort saved us thousands in market research.  We would highly recommend this opportunity to other businesses interested in evaluating global market opportunities for their buisness.”

– Daniell Hill, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Mayco Industries.


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Student Success Stories

Greg Collins

Senior, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing

Internship Project – Laclede Chain in St. Louis, MO (Spring 2018)

Interning with the International Trade Center has been an invaluable experience. I have picked up many different skills that have made me a more attractive job candidate and have better prepared me for my future career. In every interview I’ve had since completing my internship, interviewers have been very impressed with the work completed. In fact, in three interviews completed, I was offered three jobs!  In addition to enhancing my employability, this Internship offers the unique opportunity to interact with key company executives. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of students, on a project that yielded valuable information that Laclede Chain will use to guide future market entry decisions.


Shannon Turner

Junior, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis is Finance

Internship Project – MU International Center, Columbia, MO (Spring 2018)

During my internship experience (Spring 2018), I was given to opportunity to do research for the University of Missouri International Center. Through this project, I was able to improve upon my teamwork and leadership abilities. I was exposed to various databases and was able to analyze key industry data in an effort to present the best prospects regarding international expansion to the University. I am very grateful for this experience and I will look back on it with appreciation, knowing that I was able to provide useful information to the University of Missouri, while enhancing my abilities as a rising professional in the business industry. 


Delaney Pummill

Senior, studying business with an emphasis in management and Germany Culture

Internship Project – Raining Rose, Cedar Rapids, IA

Interning for the International Trade Center was an invaluable experience for me as a student and a future business leader. This experience gave me the opportunity to network with professors, graduate students, fellow classmates, and Missouri business leaders to produce tangible research and business opportunities for a Midwest company. As an intern, I was able to further develop my teamwork, communication, market research, and presentation skills. Being an International Trade Center intern was an amazing experience that provided a great deal of professional development and an opportunity to apply what we learn in class to a real world project. A highlight of the program is getting to visit the companies. This is a chance to not only see the company facilities and how they operate, but also serves as an opportunity to talk and network with the company representatives. The International Trade Center internship program is a very well-run program that continues to develop and get bigger and better each semester. The International Trade Center is led by amazing individuals who are passionate about helping Midwest companies and students. It was an honor to work for the International Trade Center and I know this experience will be a great asset for my future endeavors.

Felipe Costa

Junior, studying industrial engineering, with a minor in computer science

Internship Project – Raining Rose, Cedar Rapids, IA

During the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to intern for the International Trade Center. Before the internship started I had high expectations to learn more about international marketing, and further develop my data analysis skills. The experiences acquired fulfilled all my expectations and much more - from meeting up with company executives, visiting the production facilities, and seeing how their operations were executed, I was able to apply classroom knowledge towards real-world problems. 

Working in a positive environment, with the untiring support of the ITC staff, our team wrapped up the hard work of the semester with a presentation that gave us a chance to share our work with company executives and University faculty. Overall, the ITC internship provided me with invaluable connections and a unique experience that allowed me to grow professionally and academically.