International Economics

Economics IB Professionals are involved in economic research, international trade, banking and international business development. Their expertise in economic analysis brings values to companies when assessing how policies affect their markets.

Some career options may include:

International Business Development Associate

This position supports the Company's overall business development efforts in targeted international markets. Daily responsibilities will include quantitative and qualitative review of project and market opportunities, competitor assessment, and preparation of bid proposals, applications and other tendering-related documents. The position may include the supervision of consultants, and will at times require substantial self-direction.

International Trade Compliance Specialist

The International Trade Compliance (ITC) Specialist position requires significant experience and working knowledge of all relevant U.S. Government export and import regulations including, but not limited to International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Missile Technology Control Regime, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Regulations, Department of Commerce Regulations, and Homeland Security Administration Regulations.

Free Trade Agreement Analyst

The Free Trade Agreement Analyst reads, comprehends and ensures compliance with government or trade-group regulations. S/he works with some autonomy in the role and must possess effective communication skills to manage communication across business functions required to manage databases, analyze data and create reports. The Free Trade Agreement Analyst provides support services to the Import/Export team and works with key stakeholders in Law, Regulatory Affairs, Import/Export Logistics, Customer Service, Procurement, Marketing and Sales to support execution of the global Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Companies where our Economics IB alumni are currently working:


Mercantile Bank

Fifth Third Bank

GFT Global Forex


Merrill Lynch

Steelcase Inc.


Economics Related Certification Programs:


Certified Chartered Economists ChE CEPA


Economics IB Faculty

Dept. Phone: 616-331-7290
Dept. Fax: 616-331-7421

Prof. Wei Sun
Seidman - Economics Department
3056 L William Seidman Center

Prof. Gerald Simons
Seidman - Economics Department
3134 L William Seidman Center

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