The World Trade Center Harrisburg internship program provides an overview of international business and the key issues and concerns facing Pennsylvania companies in the global marketplace. Interns will learn about the local international business community and will gain an in-depth knowledge of key research tools and business development resources. Interns will also have the opportunity to network with local companies, work with the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development and their overseas offices, and attend World Trade Center classes and seminars.
Please note that our internships are limited to college students, preferably at the senior level, due to the level of experience needed.
Internships are available in the following areas:
Statistical Analysis and Economic Impact Research
- Prepare reports addressing requests for specific country information regarding industries, regulations, trade opportunities, etc.; compile lists of buyers/suppliers locally (for foreign WTCs) and overseas (for local companies); and provide resource listings for foreign governments
- Compose trade analysis Press Releases and Blog Posts for WTC
- Research export statistics to create graphs and reports for WTC’s annual survey
Skills needed/learned include Excel and database management proficiency, internet research experience, professional speaking/writing ability and resourcefulness. A high math and economics interest is preferred.
Marketing, Communications and Events
- Create WTC program brochures and other promotional materials
- Update WTC’s social media sites and advertise upcoming programs
- Respond to incoming queries in a timely manner
Skills needed/learned include Adobe, Microsoft Office, and social media proficiency, event planning and management, professional speaking/writing ability and creativity. A high level of communication and marketing interest is preferred.
Client Support Service
- Research foreign owned companies for the WTC database
- Communicate with businesses to gather information, promote programs/services, uncover needs
- Communicate with partners and members about new trade leads, events, and industry developments
Skills needed/learned include Microsoft Office and database management proficiency, internet research experience, professional speaking/writing ability and resourcefulness. A high level of communication and client relations interest is preferred.
All of the internship positions involve assisting with event preparation, membership, educational programs, research, and other special projects. Interns will also be responsible for answering telephones, copying, mailing and assisting with other office duties. It is important to note that all interns will perform activities from other internship positions.
Application materials include your resume and a cover letter. Please include the following in your cover letter:
- The position of interest
- Semester for which you are applying
- If you will be doing the internship for credit or for experience (If for credit, please note how many hours you will need or expect to have).
- A short paragraph on why you believe global business is important and what you feel is the most exciting aspect of international trade
- Summer Session (May to end of August): April 14, 2017
- Fall Semester (beginning of September to December): June 30, 2017
- Spring Semester (beginning of January to May): October 31, 2017
Submitting Your Application:
Please send your application materials to Tina Weyant, Executive Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.