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What is Pathways to International Trade?

Based on a growing number of students showing an interest in international trade, Exeter have teamed up with the Department of International Trade (DIT) to deliver a week long training course followed by a paid week long internship. This programme will successfully bring together SMEs (Small or Medium sized Enterprise) identified by DIT with talented Exeter student interns who have undertaken the week long course. These students work on real life business projects adding valuable research and support linked to their internship provider’s export activities.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Training - 5 days of intensive technical and employability training; 18th - 22nd June 2018
  • Project - You will work in small groups to apply your learning to a real life trading business problem during the training period
  • Internship - You will be assigned a local company where you will undertake a 1 week paid internship; Monday 25th June 2017- Friday 29th June 2018

If you an employer please visit the employer facing Pathways to International Trade webpage 

It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.







Please see below for details:

You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area.

It is important to note that this programme will be running at our Exeter Streatham campus although we are keen to accept applications from students from any campus.

International students must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications are open 15 Jan- 4 March 2018. To apply you will need to complete this application form on My Career Zone.

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with DIT as part of the internship matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on campus where the final 25 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not after the assessment centre has taken place.

The assessment centre will take place in March 2018. This will be the only assessment centre delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2018 term (Monday 18th June – Friday 22nd June 2018).

The 25 successfully selected students will undertake a week of intensive international trade training, jointly delivered by DIT specialists and University of Exeter Employability staff including (but not exclusively):

  • Introduction to international trade
  • International digital marketing
  • Market entry strategy
  • Classifying companies in stages of trade
  • Cross cultural competence in international trade
  • E-Exporting
  • Market specific workshops
  • Developing skills that international employers want
  • Key consideration of getting paid in trade
  • Meeting your employer and understanding their organisation
  • Working to the project brief
  • Presenting results and recommendations
  • Internship reporting and internship log

Training will take place over 5 full days based at the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

Throughout your training you will work in groups linking what you learn to a real life project provided to you on day 1 of the training. This project will be provided by a DIT client. On the final day of the programme your whole group will deliver a presentation to a panel of judges made up of DIT staff and University of Exeter staff.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long international trade project provided by one of the SME's identified by DIT. These internships will take place after your training has been completed. The earliest you can begin your internship will be Monday 27th June but must be completed by the end of September 2018.

Last year, student’s internships were undertaken mainly remotely, with some taking place at the employers place of work depending on what was agreed between the employer and the student.

This week long (36.5 hour) internship will be paid and is fully funded by Santander Universities.

If selected you will be invited to a pre-course briefing session where the range of internship projects will be presented to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in.

DIT colleagues will then complete a matching process based on their understanding of their clients business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.

If you have any queries please contact the Pathways to International Trade team by emailing

Elements of Pathways to International Trade align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: