International Marketing Program Intern - Chicago

Posting Date: 03/06/2017
Organization: Food Export Association of the Midwest USA
Contact: Recruitment
Location:
Chicago

Responsibilities

Assists Food Export – Midwest staff with recruiting for, implementing and tracking generic program activities (including buyers’ missions to U.S., trade missions, trade shows abroad, and market research).  More specifically the position involves:
  • Tracking company inquiries, participation, and evaluations working in our database.  Information entered will also be used to design queries to market programs and services to appropriate groups.
  • Researching company information including fax, mailing and email addresses, in order to increase the total population of companies that Food Export – Midwest is able to outreach.
  • Update database of U.S. companies that export and also keep online trade lead database updated.
  • Contacting companies via phone to encourage participation in Food Export – Midwest Programs and/or follow-up for proper registration forms.
  • Assists Food Export-Midwest staff with writing success stories about small and medium size food and agricultural exporters.
    • Works with staff to identify potential success story candidates.
    • Follows procedures to obtain and document data and facts related to the company and story
    • Communicates with the company to develop the story
    • Creates a draft story for review and completes edits as requested
    • Assists in tracking all aspects of the process
  • Preparing materials for foreign buyers’ and U.S. exporters who participate in Food Export – Midwest activities.
  • Assisting with answering queries on Food Export – Midwest programs and services.
  • Contributing with the administrative tasks of keeping program files up to date as well as providing clerical support to the program team.
  • Undertaking special projects and other tasks as directed by Food Export – Midwest staff.

Position Qualifications

  • Current Undergraduate or Graduate Student
  • Strong PC skills, specifically Microsoft Office
  • Able to deal effectively with people by telephone or in-person
  • Interest in International Business
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a wide range of companies and producers 

Position Details

  • Pay:  $13.00 per hour.
  • Eligibility of Benefits:  This position is not eligible for benefits.
  • Pay schedule:  Bimonthly, on the 5th and 20th of the month.
  • Termination Date:  December 31, 2017
  • Maximum number of hours to be worked weekly: 28 hours
  • A bi-weekly original activity/progress report shall be submitted to the Generic Program Manager (template to be provided) which includes:
    • "Bi-Weekly/Monthly Progress/Activity Report" as title
    • Period covered by report
    • Activity code G17EIP (for calendar 2017 year)
    • Intern's name, mailing address, and telephone number
    • Scope of work activities, progress, and
    • Comment on any issues, problems, concerns, solutions, recommendations

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and references, in confidence to: Recruitment@foodexport.org. Please reference "Midwest Intern" in the subject line .

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