Steve Nelson Yeutter Institute International Trade Internship Award

Applications are open for summer 2022, apply by November 5, 2021


Interested in international trade and agriculture? Apply to intern in the heart of the trade policy community in Washington, D.C. at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA).

Through a Yeutter Institute partnership, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have the opportunity to intern at WITA full-time in the summer and receive a stipend to support living costs supported by the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Students must apply and interview through the Yeutter Institute for selection.

WITA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and related issues. WITA is widely considered Washington’s premier trade forum, and the central hub of a community of trade professionals in the United States and around the world.

Savannah Gerlach

Savannah Gerlach

Summer 2021 Intern

Agricultural Economics Major
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“My internship with WITA was the perfect launch pad for me to learn about what a career in international trade looks like. I had the chance to engage with trade professionals on policy issues and I gained tangible experience in event coordination and non-profit organization communication strategies.”

What to Expect

The intern will work under the mentorship of WITA’s executive director and managing director and gain valuable exposure to and experience with trade policy issues and trade leaders in business, agriculture, law, academia, non-governmental organizations, embassies, and the U.S. Government. The intern will also gain practice in thinking through the factors important to planning trade policy events, from researching issues to thinking about the needs of the audience. In addition, the intern will be required to work on a project researching an agricultural trade issue that is also beneficial to the growth and promotion of WITA. This project is discussed and determined in conjunction with the Yeutter Institute and WITA and is due upon completion of the internship.

Post-Internship Requirement

Following completion of the internship, the intern will be required to use skills gained to plan a Yeutter Institute educational event for students and the public on an agricultural trade policy issue important to Nebraska, with assistance from the Yeutter Institute director and assistant director. The event will take place at the university.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones, filing, sorting mail, making deposits, etc. as office needs dictate.
  • Planning, preparation and participation in WITA events and programs.
  • Maintaining the WITA web page and the membership database on a daily basis.
  • Following current trade events and updating over 16000 trade professionals through the America’s Trade Policy web page.
  • Having an integrated role with the Young Trade Professionals organization.
  • Helping produce/design flyers and promotional materials.
  • Assisting in the organization of WITA's Annual Awards Dinner.

Interns are expected to play an active role in shaping their internship. Interns are encouraged to identify networking and professional development opportunities that they would like to participate in over the course of the summer, as well as identify tasks and projects that suit their strengths and interests and contribute to WITA’s operations and development.

This internship is distinct from other internships offered by WITA, however you can read about past intern experiences at The WITA Internship Experience. Students may work with their academic advisor to receive credit for the internship.

Stipend and Timeline

This internship stipend is provided by the Steve Nelson Yeutter Institute International Trade Internship Award, which awards $6,000 annually for a student to intern full-time in the summer at WITA. The award was established in 2021 by the Nebraska Farm Bureau to honor longtime president Steve Nelson, an advocate for opening international markets for Nebraska's farmers and ranchers.

WITA internships are generally unpaid; this stipend can be applied towards travel, living and other expenses while interning in Washington. Interns will also receive a metro card from WITA on the first day of the internship to assist with local commuting costs to and from the DC work location, within reason.

Summer interns must start by June 1st, with a preference for a mid to late May start, for a 10-week program.

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Must be a University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate, sophomore or above (enrolled in at least their third semester at the university and have earned at least sophomore standing in credit hours at the time of application)
  • Must have at least one semester of study left following the summer internship
  • Able to demonstrate a clear interest in agriculture and international trade policy through relevant coursework and/or prior experiences
  • Self-starter who is motivated to shape the internship program and seek out networking and professional development opportunities
  • Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills


Serious applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by 11:59 p.m. November 5, 2021 to with the subject Nelson/Yeutter Trade Internship Application. Students may also apply via Handshake. Cover letters should address:

  • Three main things that you hope to accomplish or learn during your internship
  • Your interest in agriculture and international trade policy
  • Your dates of availability