Massachusetts Export Center

Volunteer Internships

The Massachusetts Export Center is looking for volunteer interns (international market research assistants) to work a minimum of 16 hours per week at one of our offices!

Dear Prospective Intern,

The Massachusetts Export Center is a government agency that helps Massachusetts businesses to export their products and services internationally. We operate through a statewide network of offices and employ a small team of international trade professionals. Though we are small in number, we are extremely effective in providing a variety of export related services to companies throughout the Commonwealth.

Because of our small staff, much of what we do is made possible through the efforts of our interns. Moreover, because we are a small office, our interns have the ability to work on a variety of projects to which they would not necessarily have exposure in a larger organization. The responsibilities of an intern may include a variety of tasks, ranging from data entry to work on high-level client research. Each project is geared to special capabilities that the intern may have, such as foreign language skills or computer skills. When possible, we provide interns with the opportunity to work on real-world cases, helping clients to develop new markets overseas.

If you have initiative, are flexible, have an interest in international business and consider yourself a team player, please forward your resume and cover letter to us (details at the bottom of this page). We look forward to hearing from you.

The Massachusetts Export Center Team


About the Massachusetts Export Center:

Whether exporting for the first time or expanding into new international markets, Massachusetts businesses can receive a full range of customized assistance by contacting the Massachusetts Export Center.  Some of the resources available through the Export Center include: export consulting and technical assistance, training programs, international market research, export publications, international trade promotion activities and more. The Massachusetts Export Center is a government agency and part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

Job Description:

The international market research assistant is primarily responsible for producing secondary market research reports for client companies. These reports may include multi-country distributor searches, country and industry market analyses, export regulatory research and more. Interns are also expected to help with administrative duties, such as answering phones, data entry, word processing and export seminar preparation. The minimum time commitment is 16 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

The position requires the following qualifications and skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong analytical and time management skills
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment
  • High degree of reliability and dependability
  • Education/background in international business preferred

Hear what our former interns have said about the internship:

"I would recommend the internship to anyone looking for first-hand exposure to the developing international marketplace. During my internship, I was given the opportunity to complete three market research projects for companies expanding to Latin America and Europe. The Export Center is also an excellent source of information. As a young professional currently working in the global shipping and logistics industry, I remain in contact and still find the Export Center to be a valuable resource."  ~ Matt Van Wart, Boston University  

"I had an incredible time during my internship. It was such a wonderful opportunity because I was given a lot of responsibility as an intern and I was able to learn so much. The work environment is very friendly and helpful—asking questions was encouraged and I became close to both my superiors and the other interns."  ~ Sydney Rose, Boston College  

"The internship program at the Massachusetts Export Center gave me hands-on experience in the fields of international trade, marketing, and finance.  As a direct result of this experience, I was able to secure a position with the U.S. Department of Commerce. I would recommend an internship at the Export Center to anyone interested in pursuing a career in international business."   ~ Edward Merguerian, U.S. Department of Commerce


How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for the volunteer internship position, please submit cover letter and resume to Kathleen Kinahan-Newell at the Massachusetts Export Center via email or postal mail (no phone calls please). Positions are available in Boston.


Massachusetts Export Center
Attn: Kathleen Kinahan-Newell
Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
100 Carlson Avenue, Campus Center, Suite 207​
Newton, MA 02459