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Flexport Research Forecasting Summer Internship



Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2023

About Flexport

We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics, empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $10B of merchandise across 112 countries every year.

The recent global supply chain crisis has put Flexport center stage as we continue to play a pivotal role in how goods move around the world. At a valuation of $8B, we’re experiencing record growth and are proud to have the support of the best investors in the game who believe in our mission, solutions and people. Ready to tackle global challenges that impact business, society, and the environment? Come join us.

The Opportunity

Flexport is looking for a creative, technically-minded Research Economist Intern who is motivated to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems in freight forwarding. This role can be based in person in Hamburg Germany, or in EMEA remotely outside of the UK.

We are a small team of economists dedicated to driving value by generating actionable insight through systematic and rigorous analysis for both internal and external stakeholders. Some of our work can be found at

The Research Economist Intern will help us with exciting problems related to the economics of global supply chains. As a freight forwarder developing industry-leading supply-chain technology, Flexport has access to unique, world-class, high-frequency data on the movement of freight by ocean, air, and land. The Research Economist Intern will work directly with this data and closely with a Flexport economist on high-impact research questions.

You will be responsible for owning and presenting a research project at the conclusion of your 12 week internship. The research team has intern projects covering all Flexport departments including pricing, experimentation, on time performance, and short-term and long-term planning.

You Will:

  • Lead and complete at least one project.
  • Work with a supportive mentor who has a stake in your success and will help you grow.
  • Perform data gathering and analysis.
  • Work with Macroeconomic and time series forecasting techniques.
  • Develop data analysis/machine learning solutions to support actionable insights OR deliver data-driven solutions to support automated decision-making.
  • Work with large and complex data sets and solve difficult data analysis problems by applying advanced analytical methods as needed.

You Should:

  • Be a student in the second or third year of a Ph.D. program in the field of Economics, International Trade, Financial Engineering, Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Time Series Forecasting or similar quantitative discipline interested in trade and supply chain economics.
  • Have experience performing statistical or econometric analysis in Python or R.
  • Have knowledge and experience using European trade data especially Eurostat.
  • Be enthusiastic about solving problems in the space of international supply chains
  • Be available to intern full-time for 12 weeks

You will get:

  • An assigned manager and mentor who will be dedicated to your success at Flexport.
  • Opportunity to work with unique high-frequency data.
  • Projects and assignments which will help build your knowledge and skills while making a measurable direct impact on the business.
  • Visibility to leaders within the organization and opportunities to present your work/projects.
  • Opportunity to join team-building activities to get you familiarized with your immediate team and other Flexport employees.

Worried about not having any logistics experience?

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. That’s why it’s important to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success.

At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global trade easy for everyone relies on having a diverse, dedicated and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.