Export Internship Program showcases success, growth

Published: 2014-08-19

The Ohio Export Internship Program (EIP), a partnership between Fisher College of Business and the Ohio Development Services Agency, recently celebrated the experiences of 32 students and welcomed leaders from The Ohio State University, the business community, government, and educational institutions across the state.

Launched in 2012, EIP educates undergraduate business students on the fundamentals of exporting, and then pairs them with small to midsized companies to help increase global sales.

“(The Export Internship Program) trains people in connecting with the community and in doing things that really will help to create a better future,” said Ohio State President Michael Drake, who spoke at the EIP showcase event on the Fisher campus.

Overall, 60 students from colleges and universities across the state have been paired with Ohio companies through summer internships, resulting in $7.9 million in global sales. Companies in the third year of the nationally recognized program reported an additional $4 million in expected global sales.

Twelve interns from the 2014 group have been offered extended internships as a result of EIP.

“Internships promote economic development, they promote students getting jobs when they graduate, and it’s an important part of developing our workforce,” said John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

During the event, students shared their experiences as interns for companies looking to increase their global reach. Fisher marketing student Lydia Backscheider said EIP helped inform her career path.

“Professionally, I've gained a unique and marketable skill set in exporting that I am confident will help me find a full time job,” she said. “I can't think of a single behavioral interview question that I couldn't apply to the Ohio Export Internship Program and my internship.”

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