FROM THE LOCAL CLASSROOM TO THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aORXghdg9c
PROGRAM IMPACT TO DATE
- 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.
PRESIDENT’S E-AWARD FOR EXPORT EXCELLENCE
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: https://youtu.be/G4-1vhvwc7w
For additional information, please contact:
Joyce Steffan, Director
Ohio Export Internship Program
Fisher College of Business/CIBER
The Ohio State University