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Education is the cornerstone of World Trade Week's mission to increase awareness of world trade's benefits to the region.

Career Guide

This publication showcases individuals who are active in world trade in the Los Angeles region, and complements the findings and recommendations of the Los Angeles Regional Export Plan — an initiative of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa developed in partnership with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. We appreciate the generous contribution of Microsoft Corporation for its support of this printed publication.



The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business.

APPLY NOW for 2015 World Trade Week Scholarships - Deadline March 20, 2015 

High School Application

College/University Application

Video Submission Guidelines [applicable to both categories]

2014 Scholarship Recipients: 




Educational Briefings

The World Trade Week Education Committee hosts high school students and educators each year to promote careers in international trade.


Some examples of programming:

Exploring Careers in Global Trade - Featuring the Port of Long Beach: Intro to Careers in Maritime Trade

October 2013
The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the World Trade Week Education Committee, hosted more than 100 high school students and staff from Long Beach and Los Angeles schools to provide them with the unique opportunity to learn about careers in maritime trade. Port of Long Beach representatives discussed with students how to select a career in this growing field and about education requirements and skills needed to succeed. Executives from Toyota also participated on the panel. Students and faculty then participated in a one hour boat tour. 

Opportunities for Careers in International Trade

January 2013/October 2013
Former World Trade Week (WTW) scholarship students and interns participated as exhibitors in two career discovery events hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students at Banning, Barstow, Carson, Gardena and San Pedro High Schools. The students distributed the WTW Career Guide to over 400 students and discussed trade career paths with others. 

University Research Projects

Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the World Trade Week Education committee strives to provide. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University, teams of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. Below are some of the research papers:

Los Angeles Tourism - A Domestic and International Analysis
By: Emily Wallace, Kristina Pollock, Brandon Horth, Siobhan Carty and Nathalie Elyas
May 2014

The Port of Los Angeles - Comparative Analysis of International Business Practices & Solutions for Competitiveness
By: Nolan Simons
April 2014

Legislative Outreach

The World Trade Week committee briefs Congressional members and their staff on the impact of trade in California's Congressional districts.
Year-round Activities:
Representatives of the World Trade Week Committee connect with Congressional members and staffers for private briefings on the latest trade policy issues.