Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) Intern
Title:Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) Intern
Division:Agriculture Business Development
Campaign End Date:N/A
Job Title:  Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) Intern
Division:  Agriculture Business Development
Headquarters:  Guthrie Agricultural Center, Charleston WV
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

This is a paid internship opportunity through the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) supervised by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Nature of Work:
Under the direction of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, this position is responsible for the support functions of the state’s international marketing strategies.

Examples of Work:
  • Recruit companies to participate in international marketing.
  • Conduct market research.
  • Attend education and outreach activities.
  • Develop and manage SUSTA activities, activity development and management.
  • Develop leads for international markets and vendors to supply the market.
  • Create collateral and educational materials for the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) fund utilization.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions:
Office environment; sitting, standing, walking, driving, lifting up to 25 pounds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Basic knowledge of international marketing.
  • Strong administrative skills.
  • Strong customer service skills with assertiveness to accomplish goals.
  • Excellent database management skills.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies and complete weekly reporting requirements.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze company’s needs and provide guidance in getting them to the right program area at SUSTA.
  • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by performing and communicating in a manner that gets along with members, clients, co-workers and supervisor.
Education: Intern must be a “Matriculating” student; per FAS Program Notice 09-003. This consists of any of the following:
  • Intern is a student working towards a degree
  • Intern has started prior to mid-term of his/her final semester
  • Intern is an undergraduate or a graduate student
  • Intern has graduated but is allowed to stay on board for up to one year after graduation
Additional Requirements:
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment drug testing.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment law enforcement background investigation, including DMV records.
  • Must maintain a positive image of the Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the State of West Virginia.
This description is subject to review and revision at the discretion of the Commissioner and designees.
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