SME Outreach

SME Outreach Program supports international business expansion efforts

Indiana University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (IU CIBER) supports programs to help provide a competitive playing field for local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)* interested in international business.

*Small Business Administration defines SMEs as businesses with less than 500 employees.

CIBER’s Internship Funding Program

This program enables SMEs to leverage interns from colleges in Indiana to explore international expansion and to simultaneously recruit for future full-time positions.

In collaboration with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and its Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) work-study program, qualified SMEs may receive up to 50% (or $3,000) of interns’ wages from IU CIBER and up to another 50% from EARN Indiana.

All internships are required to have an international business work component (no more than 25% of an intern's work can be administrative or clerical).

SME International Experience Grant

This grant was established to enable SMEs to participate in impactful international experiences as the organizations prepares to expand into global markets. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with grants allocated as funds become available. Maximum funding available is $4,000. Funds can be used to support registration or booth costs and travel for participation in an international trade mission, trade show, or similar international opportunities. 

A win-win program for businesses working toward international expansion and for college students in Indiana

Export Indiana Accelerator

IU CIBER is proud to partner in the Indiana Small Business Development Center’s Export Indiana Accelerator Program (EIAP). This 12-week no-cost summer program offers Hoosier small businesses professional export guidance and leading research resources to create an executable, proactive export business plan.

Participation is by application. Visit the Export Indiana Accelerator Program website to learn more and to be added to the EIAP mailing list.

Indiana Manufacturing Export Student Projects

The Indiana Manufacturing Export Student Projects initiative is a multi-university collaboration between IU CIBER, Kelley School of Business Center for Excellence in Manufacturing, and Purdue University’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The collaboration pairs small and medium-sized Indiana manufacturers with Kelley MBA and undergraduate business students to develop export plans. During a three-month structured process, manufacturers create an executable, proactive export strategy for a product that they are interested in selling to a global market, a foreign region, or a foreign nation. To learn more contact

Next steps

Contact IU CIBER

For detailed next steps, contact us at

Kelley Institute for International Business
316 N. Eagleson Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Sign up at EARN Indiana

For Indiana employers wanting additional EARN Indiana funding: Sign up for FREE at and get approved by EARN Indiana to post internship positions and hire qualified interns.