Student Intern Scope of Work

Posting Date: 08/01/2019
Organization: Food Export Association of the Midwest USA and Food Export USA-Northeast
Chicago or Philadelphia

Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast are hiring for multiple student intern positions in our Chicago and Philadelphia offices. Please review the following program positions, and if you are interested, submit your resume to be considered for the positions. If selected for an interview, you will be able to express interest in your preferred program area.

Please note: this is a rolling position, if the post is up on the job board, we are still accepting applications and encourage you to apply. 

The Liaison intern position, under supervision of Liaison & Recruitment Supervisor, will assist with responsibilities of the customer-facing Liaison team.  Liaisons provide outreach and customer service to the food and agricultural suppliers we assist. Day-to-day responsibilities will support the efforts of increasing awareness and growing participation within Food Export’s programs and services.

The Branded intern position, under supervision of Branded Program Manager, will assist with responsibilities of the Branded Program team. The Branded Program reimburses Midwest and Northeast agricultural suppliers for their international marketing expenses. Day-to-day responsibilities will support the efforts of increasing awareness and growing participation within Food Export’s programs and services.

The International Marketing Program intern position will assist with implementing and tracking International Marketing program activities, including Buyers Missions at US trade shows, international trade shows, market research, and more. Day-to-day responsibilities will support efforts to increase awareness and carrying out successful Food Export activities. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Tracking company inquiries, participation, and evaluations in our database.Information will be used to design queries to market programs and services to appropriate groups.
  • Researching company contact information including website, email, and mailing addresses to increase the total population of companies that Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast are able to reach.
  • Updating U.S. exporting companies in our database and keeping our online trade leads updated.
  • Contacting companies via phone to encourage participation in Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast Programs and/or follow-up for proper registration forms.
  • Assisting Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast staff with writing success stories about small and medium size food and agricultural exporters.
  • Contributing to the administrative tasks of keeping program files up to date as well as providing clerical support to the program team.
  • Undertaking special research and other projects & tasks as directed by Food Export – Midwest and Food Export-Northeast 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/Trade
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work from multiple supervisors
  • Ability to work independently and know when to seek more information or assistance

Student learning outcomes:

Through this internship, students will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Experience working in an office environment, familiarity with typical skills such as filing, scanning & copying, attending staff meetings, professional communication via phone, email, and face to face interaction
  • Experience working across and prioritizing tasks from multiple projects. Intern will work with 1 direct supervisor, but receive training and mentorship from various team members. The Food Export office staff is very open to questions, shadowing phone calls and tasks, and tries to promote the individual skills of each intern by developing projects that the intern is interested in and can see through from start to finish.
  • An understanding of outreach, recruitment, event coordination, and strategies and methods for participation tracking
  • An understanding of the interaction between state governments, regional trade groups, and US food/agriculture exports
  • An understanding of the Market Access Program funding provided by the USDA

Position Details

  • Pay:  $14.00 per hour.
  • Eligibility of Benefits:  This position is not eligible for benefits.
  • Pay schedule:  Bimonthly, on the 5th and 20th of the month.
  • Maximum number of hours to be worked weekly: 28 hours

Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast are equal opportunity employers.

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, national origin or ancestry, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation or military status. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication may contact us.


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