• International Trade and Development Internship Company Application

    Finding time to develop new export markets is a challenge for many small businesses. Michigan’s International Trade and Development Internship Program is designed to help companies overcome this challenge by matching them to highly motivated student interns. Interns make real contributions to productivity and have the potential to become well-trained entry-level employees.  

    The Process:
    • Companies dedicated to increasing export sales are invited to apply. Applications must include an outline of export functions a student could expect to perform. 
    • Once accepted, companies participate in a planning workshop to learn best practices of hosting an intern and how to build a position description that identifies the intern’s role. 
    • Companies gain access to a pool of student candidates recruited by MEDC. You will interview and hire the best-suited student for your business and, with the student, determine the internship start date, duration, compensation, and schedule.
    • The program features a coinciding training component to enrich the internship experience for both the companies and students. 
    Hosted by Michigan State University, the program’s training component is a series of learning opportunities aimed at boosting the student’s export competences. 
    • Once students are hired in the spring, companies and students meet with training facilitators to establish a workplan for executing the export functions outlined in the company’s application, including specific trainings that enable students to succeed in their assignments. 
    • Students then join regular meetings with facilitators on export topics as well as mentoring sessions throughout the course of their summer internship.
    • Facilitators connect with intern supervisors monthly to monitor progress on student workplans. 
    Companies must be in accordance with the size standards of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Companies must support intern participation in training opportunities by paying at least 10 hours of reimbursable wages to the student. Intern work must be dedicated to export initiatives.

    The program reimburses 50% of take-home wages paid to the intern up to $3,600 on work performed through September 30, 2022. Summary of work and proof of payment is required. 

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