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Ohio Export Internship Program

2019 Request for Proposal (RFP)

The Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship ("ODSA" or "Agency"), is seeking proposals from colleges and universities in Ohio ("Partner" or "Applicant") that have an established international business program and are interested in partnering with ODSA as part of the Ohio Export Internship Program ("OEIP" or "Program"). Applicants are permitted to partner to submit a proposal. The Program, which began in 2012, matches companies pursuing export initiatives with highly motivated students who have taken export-focused undergraduate coursework ("export course") and are interested in pursuing internships to gain valuable experience. This strategic partnership has a proven track record for improving global competence of the workforce to grow Ohio's export sales and create jobs.

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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 The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration or Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business. 

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Contact Information

Wendi Howell

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 matches 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 offers 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

2018 Program Timeline:

  • Student application: August - October 2017
  • Student interviews: October 2017
  • Company application: December 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018
  • Export class: January - April 2018
  • Internship: May 14 - August 10, 2018
  • Export Internship Program Showcase: August 9, 2018