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.)
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:
- Nasopure, Columbia, makers of an award-winning nasal irrigation system and a previous intern research project recipient. (See our previous stories on BeWell Health, also known as Nasopure Nasal Wash.)
- Mayco Industries, manufacturer of lead products including sheet lead, lead bricks, lead for radiation shielding, lead ballasts, roofing lead, lead shot, came lead and other industrial lead products. Mayco has two manufacturing plants and six distribution centers in the U.S.
- US International Foods, St. Louis, food product exports and a long-term ITC client. The center worked with USIF a few years ago to help them develop an export market plan. (See our previous story on US International Foods, formerly American Food Exporters.)
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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