APPLY NOW! International Market Research Internship at Virginia SBDC (GMU)

Internship: International Market Research Associate

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at George Mason University is offering paid internships for upperclassmen, graduate students, and recent graduates.

Working in teams, you will conduct customized research to identify global markets for a Virginia-based small business.  Teams prepare a report and presentation that provides actionable market intelligence, enabling company decision makers to develop and implement international strategies.  Research often includes insights on competitors, market size, overviews of government resources, and descriptions and comparisons of regulatory barriers. Successful projects improve the export potential and profitability of companies, growing our economy and creating jobs in Virginia.

Previous projects completed under this program include research for small and medium enterprises in sectors ranging from cyber security, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), craft beer, engineering and architectural firms, environmental services, and more.

Most or all work will be done remotely and on your own time except for a weekly Zoom meeting and client meetings that are scheduled periodically as needed. Prompt electronic communication – both email and text – is expected.

Benefits of the internship include:

  • Experience in client-based consulting work with both group and individual components, applying knowledge from studies into real-world scenarios facing companies.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Topical knowledge of international markets and trade concerns, especially analysis of economic trends and regulations.
  • Participation in trainings on international trade skills in alignment with the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification training. CGBP training hours will be compensated as work hours.

Intern duties include:

  • Work directly with the International Business Development team and client companies to develop a scope of work for the project.
  • Coordinate with a team to assemble industry and market intelligence and research to produce an interim report and, following consultation with the client, a final research report.
  • Synthesize findings into a presentation delivered to the client at the end of the engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned on an ongoing basis dependent upon performance and availability.


  • Must be an upperclassmen, graduate student, or recent grad (2021) in good academic standing.
  • Availability to work 10-15 hours a week, depending upon the cycle of the engagement, to complete each project.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, interest in international issues, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and research experience. If you do not enjoy writing and analysis, this is not the position for you.
  • Professional demeanor. Understand and maintain client confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and without supervision to meet all required deadlines.
  • Prompt and ongoing electronic communication skills.
  • Students are allowed to have other internships/fellowships. Candidates should communicate extracurricular and curricular obligations to the hiring manager during their interview. This is a high priority position. Candidates should have full confidence in their ability to commit to the workload.

Compensation: Students will be paid $15-$22 per hour based on experience and level of education.  Students will submit bi-weekly timesheets.  

To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (1 – 5 pages) along with contact information for a George Mason University faculty reference to  Cover letters can be addressed to Mr. Aaron Miller, and he can be reached directly at  (Please no phone calls.) Only finalists will be considered for an interview.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled by or before September 10th, 2021. For full consideration, please apply early. Multiple individuals will be hired.

Period of Internship: It is intended that successful candidates will be employed by the Virginia SBDC through May 2022 although consideration will be given to individuals who can only commit through December 2021. There are opportunities to continue this internship beyond one year.  Employment is based on performance and can be terminated earlier at the discretion of the Director of International Business Development.

About Us: The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is an organization of 28 local SBDC offices across Virginia providing professional business counseling, training, and business resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.