Jump-start a career in foreign affairs, international relations and global business! Internships at the World Trade Center Institute offer unique hands-on experience and unparalleled networking opportunities. As an intern, you will gain insight into the world of non-profits and international business, learn from industry leaders and get to know about the local professional and business community. All interns are assigned real life tasks and given professional titles and business cards to be used throughout the semester. WTCI’s interns attend all of our prestigious events and get a chance to practice valuable networking skills. Some of our best interns go on to full-time positions with many of our clients – some of Maryland’s most prestigious institutions.
Internships are available in the following areas:
Accounting and Finance
Assist in finance related activities such as accounts payable/receivable; Assist in the preparation of quarterly expenses analysis and weekly financial reports; Assist in IT related activities as needed; Attend WTCI networking events; Perform other miscellaneous duties
Skills needed: Professional communication and attitude; Comfortable with working in a small office environment; General understanding of financial operations; Attention to detail; Knowledge of QuickBooks preferred but not necessary; Knowledge of graphic software a plus
Business Non-Profit Management – Operations
Research and learn about Maryland’s top international companies and industries; Maintain client services database; Assist in Board of Directors meetings preparation and reports (including financials); Perform Business Development research and other research projects as needed; Communicate with WTCI clients and partnering embassies; Attend WTCI networking events; Other miscellaneous duties.
Skills needed: Professional communication and attitude; Comfortable with working in a small office environment; Attention to detail; Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite needed (i.e. word and excel); Good written and verbal communication skills; Strong analytical skills; Must be able to work independently; Ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities; Client-service experience preferred but not required.
Business Development and Professional Exchanges
Participate in the process of professional exchange programs management including proposal writing, pre-arrival logistics and post departure activities; Escorts visiting foreign delegations to meetings with local experts in various fields; Utilize client management database, such as ACT! and Access; Perform research on various government and private sector resources in MD; Help with membership retention and composition analysis; Communicate with potential clients and sponsors; Attend WTCI networking events; Other miscellaneous duties related to WTCI networking events or hosting of foreign delegations
Skills Needed: Interested in working with foreign professionals and learning about foreign cultures and affairs; Good interpersonal skills; Professional communication and attitude; Analytical Skills; Detail oriented; Ability to multi-task; Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. word and excel); Comfortable with working in a small office environment; Command of a foreign language preferred but not required.
Professional Exchanges Program & Client Services
Help the PEP team design professional and cultural programming for visiting delegations of foreign professionals; Escort visiting foreign delegations to meetings with local experts; Get acquainted with various government and private sector resources in MD; Maintain and update database and website content; prepare welcome packets for visitors; Perform research projects as needed; Attend WTCI networking events; Perform other miscellaneous duties in the internship program field, event planning, or office management.
Skills Needed: Professional communication and attitude; Comfortable with working in a small office environment; Good interpersonal skills; Detail oriented; Ability to complete assignments on deadline; Must be able to work independently; Interested in working with foreign professionals and learning about foreign cultures and affairs; Ability to multi-task; Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite; Command of a foreign language preferred but not required
Marketing, Communications and Events
Assist in Marketing, Communications and Event Planning activities including: Assist in development and design of marketing materials and advertising; Research various companies and countries to assist in developing marketing language; Use Google Analytics to increase web traffic; Update WTCI’s Social Media and strategize best practices; Participate in event preparation, management and logistics; Perform website updates; Attend all WTCI networking events
Skills Needed: Professional communication and attitude; Comfortable with working in a small office environment; Attention to detail; Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (ability to write Press Releases a plus); Creativity and flexibility; Ability to complete assignments on deadline; Must be able to work independently with strong project management skills; Knowledge of Adobe programs and advertising classes a plus; Knowledge of html and/or WordPress is a plus.
Strategic Planning and Business Development
Research and learn about Maryland’s top international companies and industries; Assist in new business ideas; Research strategic alliances and potential new sources of revenue building; Learn to maintain Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software; Prepare New Members Welcome Packets; Attend WTCI networking events; Perform other miscellaneous duties.
Skills Needed: Professional communication and attitude; Comfortable with working in a small office environment; Good interpersonal skills; Attention to detail; Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; Ability to complete assignments on deadline; Strong analytical skills
How does it work?
Interns are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Positions are unpaid, however, a stipend of $85 per month is granted for parking expenses. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. This internship is not suitable for people with too much labor market experience. Longer than a semester internships are encouraged and arrangements can be made with the respective manager depending on the department’s needs. All interns will design an end-of-semester presentation which will be presented to WTCI staff.
– College Credit
– Professional references upon good performance
– Unique networking opportunities
– Participation in all WTCI events
– Personalized Business Cards
– Interaction with business executives and foreign diplomats
– Access to the Top of the World Observation level
The Application Process:
Intern Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page writing sample, and resume by email or mail. There is no requirement for the topic. The cover letter should clearly state the position(s) the applicant is applying for, the semester of interest, approximate date on which he/she would be available to begin work, if selected and why would this he/she be a good fit for the position desired. WTCI will invite 3-5 applicants for each position for an interview. After the interviews, WTCI will notify all interns regardless of the outcome.
Note – You will not be interviewed unless you clearly specify your preference of up to three positions.
Internships at WTCI are quite competitive. The top three to five applicants will be invited for an interview by each manager in charge of the different departments. Each manager might interview at different times, so there is no set interview week. After the interviews WTCI will notify selected interns.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in advance of deadline. WTCI offers internship for the following sessions:
– Spring Semester (end of January to end of May). Application deadline: November 15th.
– Summer Session (end of May to end of August). Application deadline: April 1st.
– Fall Semester (beginning of September to mid-December). Application deadline: July 15th.
-Applicants are encouraged to explore winter break volunteer opportunities in our office (December-January). Application deadline- November 30th
Please send applications to:
The World Trade Center Institute
Internship Program – c/o Janine Branch
401 E. Pratt Street, Suite 232
Baltimore, MD 21202