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German American Chamber of the Midwest
321 N Clark Street
DescriptionThe trainee will learn first-hand about issues surrounding bilateral trade between the U.S. and Germany from the practical perspective of handling daily inquiries that are received from companies interested in expanding their transatlantic business activities.
In addition, the trainee will be involved in several projects ranging from supporting German business delegations visiting the Midwest to assisting German companies search for U.S. business partners. Trainees will sometimes also have the opportunity to manage the virtual office of one or more German companies in the U.S..
Typically, the most common projects are related to the industry fields of renewable energy, architecture and energy efficient building technologies, machinery and automation, automotive-related technologies and medical devices. A wide range of other technologies and industries are also addressed on an ongoing basis such as nanotechnology, specialty chemicals and coatings, software, electronics and consumer products.
ResponsibilitiesNext available start dates for Consulting Services traineeships
Please send your CV/resume and cover letter in either English or German to trainees(at)gaccom.org.
We encourage applicants from Germany to write a cover letter in English and those from the U.S. to write a cover letter in German. Please reference the preferred type of traineeship and start date in the subject line (e.g. Consulting Services Traineeship – January 2013).
RequirementsA strong understanding of fundamental business concepts is required. Trainees should be able to comprehend and assist with the development of effective strategies for bringing diverse products to market and possess an aptitude for understanding sales channels and other issues affecting B2B business operations.
Ability to use internet-based research effectively to gather market intelligence and identify prospective partners for client companies.
For this traineeship, a strong technical aptitude and affinity is necessary. While technical or engineering experience is not expected, Consulting Services trainees should have an interest in learning more about new technology and its applications and a desire to assist in promoting these new technologies in the U.S. market.
Very strong English as well as good German skills are an absolute requirement. Trainees must have a strong phone presence and be comfortable with ‘cold-calling’ companies to help promote the products and services of GACCoM’s client companies to prospective business partners.