The International Trade Center offers internship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Missouri. Interns work with Missouri businesses to complete customized market research projects that provide participating businesses with actionable information that can be used to aid international market entry or expansion decisions. Students working with the International Trade Center actively enhance their project management, research and analytical skills. Students have the opportunity to interact with company management and present an oral and written summary of their findings.
Internship positions are open during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Internships qualify to meet BA4500 class requirements. Students can also participate in the internship program on a volunteer basis.
Information for Fall or Spring Interns
The primary responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Completion of global market research to assist with the identification of target markets of interest for export expansion, as agreed upon by the client company, and articulated in the project scope of work
- Extraction, analysis and summation of data from secondary data sources to support company decision making
- Primary research/information gathering to provide insight into customer preferences and industry activity as applicable
- Completion of a final report that captures research methodology, key data gathered, and shares key findings
- Delivery of a final presentation to the client company to highlight report contents and key findings
Interns may satisfy BA 4500 requirements through this position.
Interns of the MU International Trade Center will complete international market research for a Missouri company that will aid in the identification of global trade opportunities and provide actionable information that will assist with market entry or expansion decisions.
The internship takes place on-campus, mostly at Cornell Hall, and includes interactions with the companies, MU international trade specialist, and other international trade resource partners as needed. The timeline and schedule for each one of the internship will be individually coordinated by the MU ITC Intern Coordinator. Project work will be completed primarily during assigned work hours, but may include some hours of independent work.
Proposed Schedule for average 8-10 hrs./week:
- Supervised time, specialist assistance and team work: Fridays 8 a.m. to noon - 4 hours/week
- Independent work in teams - 2 hours/week
- Independent work off site – 2 to 4 hours/week
Interns should possess skills or experience that demonstrates their ability to:
- Conduct research and analyze data
- Collate and manipulate data using Excel
- Effectively work independently and as a member of a team
- Follow-through and meet project timelines
- Communicate (write and present) clearly and concisely
Numerous students have completed an internship with the International Trade Center within the last few years. Throughout the course of the semester, our student interns learn and grow both professionally and personally. Upon completing their internship, they are better equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to succeed in their future careers. Hear more from previous interns and their experiences.
Applications for internships remain open at any time. Internship interviews are generally conducted as follows –
- Spring positions – interviews conducted in November (to fill positions starting the following January)
- Summer positions (if offered) – Interviews conducted in March (to fill positions starting in June)
- Fall positions – interviews conducted in April/May (to fill positions starting in August)
Hear from Former Interns
Numerous students have completed an internship with the International Trade Center within the last few years. Throughout the course of the semester, our student interns learn and grow both professionally and personally. Upon completing their internship, they are better equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to succeed in their future careers. Learn more.