What is the program?
The Ohio Export Internship Program was designed to assist companies looking to export for the first time and/or to improve their current export initiatives, and serves as a workforce and economic development tool. High-achieving and specially trained students are enrolled in a spring semester export-focused course and then matched with small and medium-sized Ohio companies for a paid summer internship focused on international trade. To incentivize companies to focus on exporting, the State of Ohio provides a 50 percent reimbursement of the internship wages for qualifying small-to-medium-sized businesses.
How did the program start?
In an effort to support the national initiative to increase exports, the Ohio Export Internship Program was created in 2012 by the Ohio Development Services Agency in collaboration with the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. The program was created with the goal of educating undergraduate business students on the fundamentals of exporting and helping small-to-medium-sized companies in Ohio expand to global markets. While many companies in Ohio recognize the opportunities that global markets offer, many lack the resources to pursue an international strategy. The Ohio Export Internship Program matches companies with highly motivated students who have taken export-focused coursework and can assist Ohio companies in making a global impact. The program began with nine students and has since grown to 42 students in 2015, which included an additional branch at the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.
“This internship is a great opportunity for college students to gain real work experience,” said Ohio Development Services Agency Director David Goodman. “Not only does it provide students with a valuable skill set, but it allows companies to grow their business into new markets.”
The Ohio Export Internship Program Showcase took place in August at the Statehouse Atrium and celebrated the achievements of the 2015 internship class. Speakers included The Ohio State University President Dr. Michael Drake, Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, Congressman Steve Stivers and Ohio Development Services Agency Director David Goodman.
The Ohio Export Internship Program is an effort to increase Ohio exports by educating undergraduate students about the process of exporting and the resources available to small and medium-sized Ohio companies. Businesses benefit by having highly motivated and trained interns focus on growing their export markets. Students gain valuable work experience and develop specialized expertise in global business.
Winner of the 2014 International Program Excellence Award by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE)