International Program Research Intern

International Program Research Intern


Agency:           Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT)
Division:          Global Business Development (GBD)
Location:        1600 Broadway, Suite 2500, Denver, CO 80202
Manager:        Senior Manager of Strategy and Analytics
Position:          International Program Research Intern
Hours:             20 hours/week
Salary:            Unpaid/college credit



The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) was created to foster a positive business climate that encourages economic development through support of local and regional economic development activities across Colorado. A comprehensive slate of programs within OEDIT’s divisions work together to offer economic development services for all Colorado businesses–new and expanding, traditional and emerging, small and large–including retention programs to ensure continued competitiveness of Colorado’s economic base.

Within OEDIT, the GBD division elevates Colorado businesses and communities by offering programs, services and incentives that foster an innovative and healthy economy where people, businesses and communities thrive. Such offerings include tax incentives and grant programs related to business recruitment, retention, expansion, foreign direct investment and data analytics services.

Internship program

Our internship program is designed to be an educational experience that offers a unique opportunity to learn about Colorado’s international programs and the state’s international activities.  We are willing to work with the academic schedules and requirements of our interns.


The International Program Research Intern position is a key role on the Global Business Development Team. As a new member of the GBD team, the Intern will learn about Colorado’s Foreign Direct Investment and Export Promotion strategies.  Working on a major research project, this position provides an opportunity to contribute to the overall operations and international strategic activity of Global Business Development.


Complete a research project comparing states’ programming for FDI Attraction and Export Promotion which should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Research best practices across U.S. states for FDI Attraction and Export Promotion.
  • Identify key trade shows, conferences, and other activities in which other states participate.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements to programming
  • Develop a list export resources that would include international consulting firms, PEOs and other companies that provide export assistance, databases, subscriptions, and other information resources
  • Provide recommendations on programmatic changes in the GBD Division



  • A current college student with an emphasis in business, economics, finance, international relations, political science, statistics, or other relevant fields of study.
  • Commitment to complete a research project by the end of the internship.
  • Previous project experience in a formal office environment or through extra-curricular activities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to good government, nonpartisanship and public service.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Ability to work in an open-space environment and collaborate with a diverse team.

Our commitment

  • A letter of recommendation from OEDIT
  • Opportunity to network with experienced business leaders, community stakeholders and economic development professionals.
  • A framework to enhance the educational experience through practical work and research, thereby developing skills useful for career development.
  • Opportunity to learn and apply skills to projects that help accelerate Colorado

Application process

Applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample/work product and three references to Laura Blomquist by e-mail at [email protected] by Jan. 15, 2019.  Due to the large volume of resumes we receive, we do not acknowledge receipt of each application and are unable to give status updates. If a strong match is found between your qualifications and the requirements of the position, a member of the recruiting staff will contact you to further discuss this opportunity.


The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade embraces diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or physical ability. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the State of Colorado are equal opportunity employers.

Jill Corbin Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Jill Corbin Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Jill Corbin Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Jill Corbin Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840