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Export Assistants receive a tuition waiver and are paid for working 20 hour a week. Assistantships are provided at local North Dakota companies. 

Ocean Freight Coordinator & TMS Specialist, Fargo, ND


This position is responsible for the coordination of all international ocean traffic. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements describe the general nature of work to be performed in this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties.  Additional responsibilities may be assigned by management as needed: 

  1. Prepare and file the necessary Customs entries

    • Arrange for the payment of duties
    • Take steps to effect the release of goods from Customs custody
    • Receive, prepare and process import documents ensuring proper documentation and ability to execute timely clearance of the freight        

  2. Work with Freight Forwarders, and Agents/Brokers

    • Oversee freight program
    • Manage the flow of international freight
    • Work directly with steamship companies (carriers) and assist with annual service contract negotiations
    • Audit and apply GL coding for carrier freight invoices

  3. TMS Administration

    • Create and maintain carrier contracts and rate tables
    • Update and maintain the Routing Guide    

  4. Reporting

    • Prepare and issue monthly PO/Container report
    • Create ad-hoc reporting and analysis as needed


  • Background in or interest in logistics/transportation/ocean container freight
  • NDSU Graduate student
  • Certificate or degree in Logistics studies a plus
  • Intermediate knowledge Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) Microsoft Access knowledge preferred but not required.
  • Data entry accuracy 
  • Experience with Oracle, AS400, and TMS applications
  • Ability to quickly adjust to moving from tasks to task in a very fast paced environment
  • High math aptitude
  • High standard of personal integrity
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities with minimal direction

 To apply, please submit a resumé and references to:

Sharon May email: 
Director of Global Business Development
North Dakota Trade Office

U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistant – North Dakota



The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its goal is to help small and medium size companies expand exports. Trade Specialists in the United States help prepare companies for the export process; while overseas staff help companies enter the market.

This assistantship is a professional position. The student will assist the North Dakota Trade Specialist in preparing market research, analyzing company-by-company prospects in different markets, liaising with partner organizations, managing events, updating databases, and increasing export volume for North Dakota.

We will be happy to assist the student in receiving academic credit.


  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in an accredited school
  • Graduate students considered
  • 3.0 + GPA
  • 20 hours a week
  • Strong interest in international trade
  • Business skills and experience are a plus
  • Agribusiness and knowledge of agricultural equipment a plus
  • International travel experience / foreign language proficiency is helpful
  • Good interpersonal and phone skills
  • Excellent oral communication
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and internet. Comfort using computer is essential. 


  • Conduct market research using the tools provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. This includes internet market research and literature review
  • Research regulatory, documentation requirements, country issues, commodity classifications, etc. for North Dakota companies
  • Assist in event management – ordering supplies, calling companies, designing invitations, logistical setup, etc.
  • Help prepare for state-sponsored Trade Missions
  • Assist in managing the database of exporters through the export process 

To apply, please submit a resumé, a 1-2 page writing sample and references to:

Sharon May email:
Director of Global Business Development
North Dakota Trade Office

Export Assistant-ND Trade Office

  • MUST be a native Russian speaker or fluency in Russian
  • interest in agriculture and agricultural machinery
  • Computer aptitude – knowledge of Word and Excel spreadsheets 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with sister organizations in Russia and Ukraine, assisting them in equipment search and quotes;
  • Ensure US customs compliance of exports and imports; (training provided)
  • Schedule and coordinate shipments of exported product so as to ensure lowest cost and to facilitate the work on the importing side;
  • Create and work on Excel spreadsheets using Excel data functions and formulas to prepare reports and quotes;
  • Translate documents between Russian and English;
  • Review and edit equipment export contracts; (training provided)
  • Assist colleagues from sister organizations in Russia and Ukraine, and their customers, during their visits to the U.S.

Note: Some of the required skills can be learned on the job. Knowledge of another language in addition to Russian and English is a plus.

To apply submit a resume and references to:

Sharon May email: 
Director of Global Business Development
North Dakota Trade Office

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