International Trade Center

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The International Trade Center internship experience has not only made me a more attractive interview candidate, but it has given me a unique global mindset that will be lasting. Upon graduation I now plan on seek out job opportunities that have an international component to them.
Nicholas Cohn
MU ITC Summer 2018 Intern

Company Testimonials

“When Endovac Animal Health was approached by the MU International Trade Center about doing an in-depth International market sector research report for us, it was an easy decision. The resources, access to databases and statistics on international trade that the student interns have through the Trulaske College of Business was invaluable. For a company of our size, trying to tackle a project of this magnitude would be both time and cost prohibitive. The final result, evaluation of six top prospective countries that best fit our business model was spot on. We look forward to taking the next step. In fact, we have hired a former student intern of the MU ITC to join us next semester as we refine our efforts even more. Thanks to that staff and to all the students of the MU International Trade Center.”

Kevin Sprouse, CEO & Owner; Steve Knorr, COO & Executive VP; Tim Cox, Chief Manufacturing Officer & VP of Distribution & Facilities, Endovac Animal Systems

“We are very impressed by the information provided to the company. As Clemco looks to grow, we want to focus our attention and energy in the right places. We believe the information compiled by the students/MU International Trade Center, will be helpful to us in identifying customers with the highest growth potential. This information will help us a lot as we move forward.”

Kurtis Ohse, Director of Marketing, Clemco Industries, Washington, MO

“I really appreciate the market analysis completed by the MU International Trade Center for Antennas Direct. We get lots of advice from outside consultants and rarely is it as thorough, well organized, clearly laid out and real world as the information shared by you. The fact than you generated actionable market intelligence is a credit to the interns, staff at the MU International Trade Center and research process in place .”

Richard Schneider, CEO, Antennas Direct, Inc.

"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 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.

“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, CEO, 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.

Want to be our next success story? Contact us today at ITC@missouri.edu.