The Ohio Export Internship Program


Finding the time to focus on developing a new market is a challenge for many small businesses. The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed to help businesses overcome this challenge by matching them with highly motivated students, from Ohio universities and colleges, who have taken export-focused coursework at Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University or Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.

The Ohio Development Services Agency is pleased to once again present the Ohio Export Internship Program! Hear what people are saying about the Export Internship Program, watch the video above.

For Whom

The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed for companies that are looking to export for the first time or to improve their current export initiatives. The program will match companies with highly motivated students who have taken export-focused coursework, while providing a 50 percent reimbursement for the intern wages. This exciting internship program will offer a mutually beneficial relationship to students and companies alike by providing real-world experiences where both can learn and grow.



The Advantages:

  • Up to $3,600 reimbursement for intern wages
  • Trained, full-time summer interns will focus on export development
  • A uniquely tailored scope of work with specific deliverables
  • Students are mentored and closely supervised by the Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio universities.

The Results:

  • Building export readiness
  • Identifying new markets
  • Market-specific research and analysis
  • Streamlining current export processes and procedures

How to apply

The application period is closed. We will be opening the 2016 applications for companies on January 1, 2016.

2016 Program Timeline

  • May 9 – August 12: Students internship
  • July 4 – July 8: Internship break
  • August 11: Showcase event

Companies participating in the program must provide the following:

  • Strategic commitment to grow an export market
  • Compensation for internship position
  • Managerial guidance for the intern
  • Existing or planned export budget
  • Participation in program evaluation

Contact Information

Sameen Dadfar


The Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) provides an invaluable opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to current challenges companies face in today’s global economy. A semester class and a 12-week summer work experience gives interns the opportunity to work with real people at real companies exporting real products. These internships create a workforce that helps Ohio expand exports, builds students’ global competencies, and makes a difference for Ohio businesses.

OEIP, which began in 2012, demonstrates the positive impact of partnerships between the state of Ohio, its universities, and private industry. The Ohio State University and the Ohio Development Services Agency formed this strategic partnership with the goal to train a global workforce, grow export sales for Ohio, and create jobs within small to medium-sized Ohio companies. The overall mission is to help close the skills gap between Ohio companies that need employees who know how to export and students from universities across the state of Ohio who have developed those critical global business skills.

OEIP has succeeded in training students from many universities across the state in the fundamentals of exporting, and by placing them with companies who apply that knowledge to real business challenges, they're making an impact on Ohio's economy.

Student placement in a paid Ohio internship begins May 15, 2017 through August 11, 2017. Internships can be in any sector or industry and will focus specifically on global trade efforts.

OSU EIP Program Video:


  • Predicted Export Sales: $25.5 million
  • New Markets Developed: 47
  • New Distributors Identified: 76
  • New Customers Recruited: 163
  • Total Student Interns: 144
  • Ohio Companies Involved: 108
  • Student Job Offers: 25
  • Student Internship Extensions: 34
  • Total International Students: 43

Ohio companies exported $50.7 billion in commodities in 2015.

Ohio ranked eighth in exports for the U.S., with 215 countries and territories importing goods from Ohio.




In May 2016, this unique Program was recognized for its export excellence by receiving the President’s “E” Award as a nationwide model for impactful collaboration to expand exports in Ohio.  The award was presented by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The award is the highest recognition any U.S. organization can receive for its contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. 


2016 EIP Showcase Video:


For additional information, please contact:


Joyce Steffan, Director

Ohio Export Internship Program

Fisher College of Business/CIBER

The Ohio State University