Note to Applicants:

Due to the ongoing suspension of the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor program, we are currently unable to consider any applications from candidates without existing work authorization for the US market. We thank you for your understanding and encourage affected applicants to consider re-applying at a later date once the J-1 Visa program has resumed.

The Business Development intern will need to work out of the GACC Midwest office in downtown Chicago once the organization fully re-opens the office. As such, applicants must either currently reside in Chicago or be available for immediate relocation.

Start date: May 2021
Compensation: $2,200/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

Annual exam development:

  • Edit images and technical drawings to include translated captions and bills of material
  • Organize and collect documents needed for exams
  • Proctor exams virtually and on-site
  • Collect and calculate exam scores
  • Create results letters based on scores
  • Assist with other administrative duties as necessary

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
  • Analyze data on trends related to apprentices, e.g. wages, referrals, etc.
  • Conduct other research, analysis and project support as needed

Highschool outreach team:

  • Evaluate outreach efforts and develop an outreach plan to partner Highschools
  • 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

Qualification and skills of the ideal candidate

  • High-level English language abilities, German language skills are an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail is extremely important
  • Ability to understand manufacturing terms
  • Interest in the development and implementation of Quality Management Systems
  • Basic understanding of the German education system in general and especially the German apprenticeship system
  • Interest in the US education system
  • Experience or knowledge in the field of manufacturing is strongly preferred
  • Experience or knowledge of apprenticeships is an advantage
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment