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Export Interns Help Ohio Businesses Grow

For Immediate Release: Date: December 22, 2021
Contact: Todd Walker Todd.Walker@development.ohio.gov

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today encouraged Ohio businesses to improve their export initiatives by participating in the Ohio Export Internship Program.

The Ohio Export Internship Program provides businesses with knowledgeable college students who can help businesses get a start in exporting or build upon existing international initiatives. Not only that, but Development will reimburse companies for half of the intern’s wages. Companies can apply now.

“This internship program has a record of success for companies that have participated by increasing sales and developing new international partners,” Governor Mike DeWine said.

“The Ohio Export Internship Program is a win-win because students gain real-world experience, and businesses benefit from the students’ expertise,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “Hiring an intern from this program can make a real impact on Ohio businesses, boosting sales and networking opportunities with international markets.”

Students take export-focused coursework at one of four universities across the state, and the Department of Development’s Export Assistance staff matches the students’ expertise with companies that are looking for help in various areas of exporting.

“This is an exciting opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “These students have the knowledge and talent to help businesses build success, and it’s a great way for Ohio to strengthen its workforce by giving students the ability to work at Ohio companies.”

This year, there were 44 student/company matches across the state. The program is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Development, The Ohio State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, and the University of Dayton.

The internships have a track record of helping businesses achieve export success. In the 10 years of the program, 359 student-company matches were created, resulting in 114 internship extensions, 57 new job positions, and 365 new international markets, distributors, or customers.

Companies seeking more information about the program and the application process can email Wendi Howell at Wendi.Howell@Development.Ohio.Gov. Company applications are open now at EIP.Development.Ohio.Gov. Development’s Export Assistance Office is reviewing applications through Feb. 1. Internships will run from May to August 2022.

To see a video featuring some of the 2021 interns and the companies they worked for, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trO9ZFLaQKk&t=2s.

Note to Editors: If you would like to interview one of this year’s interns or company representatives, contact Dan Bowerman at Dan.Bowerman@development.ohio.gov.