ITC intern summer project report

MU’s Trulaske College of Business and the BDP’s International Trade Center created a unique international market research intern program in 2014. This program provides a unique opportunity for international business students, tomorrow’s leaders, to engage in real-world, hands-on, practical learning projects while giving Missouri companies in-depth research they can then turn into international market leads — companies like Sunnen Products Co., St. Louis. (Read our story on Sunnen Products.)

export map of Mexico, Central and South America

It’s a win-win, and dozens of firms have taken advantage of the program thus far.

In spring 2017, the intern program provided actionable research for four more companies. This summer, the center and college have seven projects underway in Shanghai exploring Chinese market opportunities for:

ITC students in learning session

ITC students gain insight into how trade finance – investment loans, payment collections, receivables financing, exchange rates – both impact and support global trade.

Meanwhile, students based in Prague, the Czech Republic will be evaluating the Central European market for:

  • Intek Corporation, Union, infrared heating products, electric heating elements, heater modules and process ovens. (See our previous story on Intek Corp.)
  • Mayco Industries
  • WB Industries, O’Fallon, custom metal and structural fabrication, welding and precision machining, especially for aircraft manufacturing and repair
  • Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP), a federal initiative sponsored by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership for suppliers that have traditionally supported the U.S. defense industry.

The students’ final presentations will take place in August in the Trulaske College of Business, and we’ll report back then.


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