The Business Development intern will need to work out of the GACC Midwest office in downtown Chicago. As such, applicants must either currently reside in Chicago or be available for immediate relocation. Please note that if hired, proof of vaccination will be required.

Compensation: $2,400/month

Duration: 9-12 months full-time

Our company

The mission of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States. All internships offer the opportunity to gain work experience in a truly bilingual and bicultural environment, with support from colleagues that can help speed the learning curve of understanding intercultural differences and nuances.

Our Apprenticeship Networks Department supports our member companies and other industry associations, educational institutions and government agencies to cover the demand for skilled workforce in various industry sectors. To this end, we help with the creation of new programs based on the German model of dual vocational training and assist them with the management of existing programs. For more information about our Apprenticeship Network Department, please visit our ICATT Apprenticeship Program homepage.

How You’ll Contribute

Company outreach team:

  • Conduct desk research to identify and qualify suitable prospects
  • Evaluate job descriptions
  • Evaluate company websites to determine whether their processes are suitable
  • Use online tools and sources to identify contact persons at prospect companies
  • Document company visits and other outreach activities in CRM system
  • Data entry
  • Analyze data on trends related to apprentices, e.g., wages, referrals, etc.
  • Conduct other research, analysis and project support as needed
  • Cold calls to set appointments
  • Participate in company & industry outreach efforts

Highschool outreach team:

  • Evaluate outreach efforts and develop an outreach plan to partner High schools
  • Participate in outreach efforts
  • Assist with presentation (virtual and in-person)
  • Answer inquiries from applicants and other interested parties
  • Support outreach activities to minorities in order to increase diversity of applicant and candidate pool

General tasks may include

  • Act as apprentice team representative and attend other GACC team meetings and events as needed
  • Assist with ERP project(s)
  • Assist the team with marketing activities

Qualification and skills of the ideal candidate

  • High-level English language abilities, German language skills is an advantage
  • Experience or knowledge in the field of manufacturing is strongly preferred
  • Basic understanding of the German education system in general and especially the German apprenticeship system
  • Interest in the US education system
  • Experience or knowledge of apprenticeships is an advantage
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Possible overnight travel