Jumpstart your career with a meaningful, paid internship in global trade. The Ohio Export Internship Program will prepare you with the technical skillset needed to succeed in a career of global trade and commerce. This program provides an export focused course during the spring semester with a 12-week summer internship at a small to medium-sized Ohio company.

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, 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 needs, they're making an impact on Ohio's economy. 

To be a part of this award-winning program, please see the program details below and apply today.


Ohio Export Internship: Program Details

  • Academic Overview


    • BUSMHR 4570 Establishing Export Firms: (3 Credit)
    • Spring Semester Course, required
    • Held on Friday mornings starting Friday, January 12, 2017 through Friday April 19, 2018
    • The class will be taught by experts in the field of international trade to gain specialized export instruction on topics such as global market analysis, export partner identification, international pricing, logistics, distribution, and other real-life issues and challenges.
    • You will be automatically enrolled. Please leave room in your spring schedule to accommodate this three-credit required course.
    • Students from other universities are enrolled at their own institutions


    Other Notes and Information

    This program is open to all eligible Fisher College of Business students and limited to 40 participants.

    Program Contact

    Joyce Steffan, Director, Office of Global Business, steffan.10@osu.edu

  • Eligibility

    This program is open to all Fisher College of Business students, both international and domestic.

    Applicants are carefully evaluated, and viable candidates are interviewed by the program director prior to admittance to the program. Applicants for the 2019 Program will be evaluated on the criteria below:

    • Maintains GPA of 3.0 or greater
    • Sophomore rank or higher
    • Experience abroad preferred but not required
    • Previous work experience
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Flexibility and enthusiasm required
  • Application Process

    Application Steps

    Applications open on August 21, 2018 and the deadline is October 20, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    1. Complete your application
    2. Complete and upload required application documents on the application
    3. Expect to hear from the Office of Global Business 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.
    4. Interviews for those who advance to the next round will be set up in October and November.


    Application Documents


    You must attach your current resume as a PDF to your submitted application. Your resume is the starting point for your internship placement so make sure it's up-to-date and accurately reflects your competence in the best possible way. 

  • Internship Overview

    Once accepted into the OEIP program, students will be placed with a small to medium sized Ohio company during the spring semester of 2019.

    All student internships will start May 13 - August 9, 2019, and will be a paid internship with access to resources provided by the state and federal government, as well as The Ohio State University.

    Internships can be in any sector or industry and will focus specifically on international trade efforts. Examples of past companies include Davenport Aviation, Fecon, Global Gauge, Rain Drop Products, Regal Beloit, Sutphen Fire Trucks, U.S. Bridge, and Worthington Industries, just to name a few.

  • Information Sessions

    If you are interested to learn more about the Ohio Export Internship Program, please attend an information session hosted by Director Joyce Steffan at the following dates and times. 

    All information sessions will be held in Mason Hall 229

    Weds, September 5 12 Noon - 1:00 pm
    Thurs, September 13 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Tues, September 18 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Tues, October 2 11:00 am - 12 Noon
    Mon, October 8 5:00 - 6:00 pm


  • EIP Impact

    EIP President's "E" Award

    In May 2016 and 2017, 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 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in 2016 and by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in 2017.  The award is the highest recognition any U.S. organization can receive for its contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. 

    The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business ENews, Fisher College of Business Receives President's Award for Global Trade, Exporting Initiatives

    EIP News

    The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business ENews,
    Export Internship Program Continuing to Train Global Business Leaders, Aug, 2018

    Brookings Institute, The Avenue,    "Back to School" on Exporting - Ohio State Expands Award-Winning Model, Aug, 2017

    The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business ENews, Export Internship Program Celebrates Exporting Impact, Aug, 2017

    The Ohio State University Lantern, Ohio Universities Unite to Expand Ohio Exporting Through Internship Program, Aug, 2015

    Buckeye Voices Blog, Closing the Export Knowledge Gap

    Columbus Underground, Partnership Between State and OSU Trains Export-Focused Interns

    Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State Students Help Local Companies Boost Local Companies

    Brookings Institute Export Article, A Global Role for Universities: Helping Firms Boost Exports

    EIP Showcase

    Each year an Export Internship Program Showcase is held to celebrate the accomplishments of the student interns during their internships. Participating companies are highlighted and success stories shared during this event that attracts state and university leaders, as well as those interested in economic development around the State of Ohio.

    Links below highlight the Showcase:

    2015 EIP Showcase Video

    2016 EIP Showcase Video

    The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business ENews
    Ohio Export Internship Program Showcases the Value of Partnerships, Aug, 2015

    Columbus Business First, Jim Tressel to Promote Export Internships at Forum in Columbus, July, 2015

  • Past EIP Class Speakers

    During the spring semester class of the Ohio Export Internship Program, students will receive specialized export instruction from industry experts on topics ranging from global market analysis and identification of export partners, to international pricing strategies and logistics/distribution. You can find below a wide range of industry professionals that have lectured in the EIP classroom to assist in the export readiness of our students.

    Export Assistance Network Directors


    Class Speakers

    • Tim Sword, President, Columbus Sister Cities International, 88 East Broad Street, Suite 1750, Columbus, Ohio 43215; TSword@columbussistercities.org
    • Steve Kelley, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.9350; Steven.Kelley@development.ohio.gov
    • Tom Bainbridge, Export Assistance Program Manager, Ohio Development Services Agency; 614.728.3120
    • Deb Scherer, Managing Director, Global Trade and Investments, Columbus 2020; 614.225.6096; ds@columbusregion.com
    • Susan Whitney, Director, U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4750; Susan.Whitney@trade.gov 
    • Amy Freedman, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Services, Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4737;  Amy.Freedman@trade.gov
    • Patrick Hayes, International Trade Finance Manager-Eastern USA, U.S. Small Business Administration; 216.522.4731; patrick.hayes@sba.gov
    • Vinita Mehra, Director and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter; 

      614-255-5508; keglerbrown.com/bahrimehra

    • Michael Easton, General Manager, Star USA, 250 N Davis Rd, Ashland, Ohio 44805; 419.281.4778; mdeaston@starusa.org
    • Chris Pilkington, Senior Vice President, International Business Development, Huntington Bank; 614.429.7440; chris.pilkington@huntington.com

    • Mark Belles, Director, Currency Risk Management, Huntington Bank; 614.331.2132; Mark.Belles@huntington.com

    • Mark Klein, Regional Director, ExIM Bank of the U.S., 312.375.1883; mark.klein@exim.gov
    • Thomas Ault, District Sales Manager
    • Justin Plessinger, Expeditors Columbus
    • Mark Locker, Manager, Freight, Maritime & Logistics, Ohio Department of Transportation
    • Paul Reeder, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fisher College of Business
    • Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant, U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business, Washington, DC
    • James Foley, Author, The Global Entrepreneur, Director, Turner Center for Enrepreneurship Illinois SBDC International Trade Center
  • 2018 EIP Intern Biographies

    Jenna Cline, Bowling Green State University

    Year: Senior, Major: Marketing

    • Grew up in Darke County Ohio
    • Currently the Brand Ambassador for Coca-Cola
    • Studied abroad in Strasbourg, France for four months (International Business)
    • Thrives off of community engagement
    • Seeking career opportunities to lead a Creative Marketing Team -  to travel and find customer desires

    Contact: jcline@bgsu.edu

    Esther Armbrust, Columbus State Community College

    Year: Junior, Major: Supply Chain Management and International Commerce

    • Developed warehouse inventory plan for local food bank (Westerville Area Resource Ministries)
    • Attended Forge Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
    • Proficient in German language (Goethe Institute Berlin, Germany)
    • Interest in fashion logistics

    Contact: earmbrust@student.cscc.edu

    Guilherme (Gui) Silva, Columbus State Community College

    Year: Senior, Majors: Business Administration and International Commerce

    • Originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    • Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
    • Studying to become a licensed US Customs Broker
    • Pursuing a career in the import/export industry

    Contact: guilhermee_silva@icloud.com

    Bridget Kamper, University of Dayton

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Undecided Business Administration

    • Hometown is St. Louis, Missouri
    • Member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
    • Member of Women in Business
    • Sales associate and assistant to the director of human resources for The Blend, a coffee shop on UD's campus
    • Interested in working internationally

    Contact: kamperb1@udayton.edu

    Kara Langenderfer, University of Dayton

    Year: Sophomore, Majors: Accounting and International Business

    • Studied abroad in Ireland as part of a study abroad international leadership (SAIL) cohort
    • Has traveled to Costa Rica, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Greece
    • Works as a Student Supervisor at the University of Dayton Bookstore
    • Plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy and get her CPA

    Contact: langenderferk3@udayton.edu

    Natalie Weikert, University of Dayton

    Year: Junior, Major(s): Marketing and International Business Management

    • Graduated from the Columbus Academy ('15) and currently a junior majoring in business at the University of Dayton.
    • Studied abroad at the London School of Economics (UK), Radboud University (Netherlands) and at the UD China Institute in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, and Hong Kong
    • Selected for Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Dean’s List, UD Honors Program, CORE Program, Zeta Tau Alpha, and elected to Student Government Association.
    • Professional experience includes sales and customer service at Nordstrom and Abercrombie; Manufacturing experience at General Films, Inc. (Ohio); Currently working at UD’s Center for International Programs

    Contact: weikertn1@udayton.edu

    Oliver Reinecke, Denison University, 2018

    Year: Junior, Major: Global Commerce (European Focus); Minor: German

    • Originally from Berlin, Germany
    • Member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
    • Studied abroad in Norway
    • Has traveled to 16 different countries

    Contact: reinec_o1@denison.edu

    Natalie Zaravella, Denison University

    Year: Sophomore, Majors: Global Commerce (focus: European Studies) and Economics

    • Originally from Rochester, New York
    • Scholar All-American and All-American on the Varsity Swim Team
    • Teaching Assistant, Tutor, and Peer Mentor at Denison University
    • Currently involved in the formation of Athena, a campus organization for female varsity athletes that fosters sisterhood and connectivity across sports teams
    • Interested in global business, law, sustainable development, and social responsibility

    Contact: zarave_n1@denison.edu

    Amina Bleen, Ohio Dominican University

    Year: Junior, Majors: International Business and Economics

    • Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio
    • Earned Associates with Honors while attending High School
    • Member of the Honors Society at Ohio Dominican
    • Plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Data and Analytics
    • Interested in a career as an International Business Consultant

    Contact: bleena@ohiodominican.edu

    Madeline Reimbold, Ohio Dominican University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Business Administration; Minor: Spanish

    • Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • Holds a leadership position on the ODU Women's Soccer Team
    • Resident Assistant at ODU
    • Has volunteered in Ecuador, Dominican Republic & Haiti, and traveled to Western Europe
    • Plans to pursue an MBA with a specialization in Leadership

    Contact: reimbolm@ohiodominican.edu

    Angie Munroe, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: International Business; Minor: Accounting

    • Originally from Denver, Colorado
    • Secretary and Treasurer for Ohio Wesleyan's Investment Club, managing portfolio worth $100,000
    • Holds leadership positions on the Honors Board, Economics Department Student Board and as a Residential Assistant
    • Interned for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

    Contact: aamunroe@owu.edu

    Andrew Adolph, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Finance

    • From Dublin, Ohio
    • Pursuing a Minor in Spanish for Business
    • Student Assistant on The Enterprise Project at Ohio State
    • Interested in a career in International Banking

    Contact: Adolph.16@osu.edu

    Chase Barnett, The Ohio State University

    Year Sophomore, Majors : Finance and Political Science

    • Originally from Upper Sandusky, Ohio
    • Member of Alpha Kappa Psi Coed Professional Business Fraternity
    • Ohio State General Assembly Senator from the Fisher College of Business
    • Has worked for Continental Structural Plastics, a hard plastics manufacturer in Northwest Ohio
    • Enjoys the outdoors and staying active

    Contact: Barnett.563@osu.edu

    Lisa Browne, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Sustainability in Business

    • Originally from Mississauga, Ontario and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin
    • Program Coordinator for the Student-Alumni Council
    • Member of the Business Scholars Program
    • Interested in improving environmental sustainability initiatives in businesses

    Contact: browne.119@osu.edu

    Ruozhao Chen, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Majors: Operations Management and Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    • From Santiago, Chile (born in Qingdao, China)
    • Fluent in Spanish, Chinese and English
    • Member of the 21st Honors Cohort and Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club (BUCC) in Fisher College of Business
    • Interested in international trade, exporting and procurement

    Contact: chen.5587@osu.edu

    Xiaomin Huang, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Majors: Marketing, Minors: German and Design Thinking

    • Originally from Zhejiang, China
    • Member of the Buckeye Leadership Fellows and Global Leadership Initiative
    • Has worked for Ohio State Residence Life
    • Interested in working as a consultant
    • Desire to open a design studio

    Contact: huang.2689@osu.edu

    Ben Kincaid, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Finance

    • From Lexington, Kentucky
    • Interned abroad in Munich, Germany over Summer 2017 in renewables industry
    • Vice President of Finance for the Fisher College of Business’ Business of Retail Association
    • Enthusiastic to pursue new start-up initiatives

    Contact: kincaid.164@buckeyemail.osu.edu

    Guinan (Andy) Lin, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Marketing; Minor: Psychology

    • Originally from Shantou, China
    • Peer advisor in the advising office
    • President of a hiphop dance club
    • Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew and beginner in French

    Contact: lin.2244@osu.edu

    Melodi Sarioglu, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Finance; Minors: Global Public Health and Chinese

    • From Rochester Hills, Michigan
    • Studied in Shanghai, China for four years
    • Member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and holds leadership in Fisher Cares
    • Works as a leasing consultant
    • Has traveled to over ten countries and wants to pursue a global career

    Contact: sarioglu.4@osu.edu

    Henry McIntyre, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: International Business, Minor: Chinese

    • Originally from Dallas, Texas
    • Member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
    • Traveled to China 3 times
    • Interested in pursuing a career in global business

    Contact: mcintyre.224@osu.edu

    Alexandra Shaner, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Marketing; Minor: Business Analytics

    • From Queens, New York
    • Vice President of External Affairs for Multicultural Greek Council
    • Experience with market research and data management
    • Plans to go into Foreign Service for a career in economic integration

    Contact: shaner.65@osu.edu

    Taylor Stanton, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Majors: Finance and Spanish

    • Originally from Canton, Ohio
    • Serves as a Resident Advisor at OSU
    • Member of the Business Scholars Program
    • Interested in applying her language skills to an internship


    Contact: Stanton.188@osu.edu

    Xinyi Wang, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Majors: Accounting and Operations Management

    • Born in Xi'an, China
    • President for Fisher International Friends
    • 2018 Pace Setter Recipient
    • Third Year Representative for Undergraduate Business Council
    • Interested in pursuing a career in consulting

    Contact: wang.7409@osu.edu

    Jiakun Wu, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Majors: Finance and Accounting

    • Originally from Chengdu, China

    • Liaison of Undergraduate Student Government

    • ACE-Intern at the Advancement Office of Ohio State

    • Plans to pursue a Masters degree in Finance

    • Interested in Corporate Finance

    Contact: wu.2997@osu.edu

    Zengyi Xu (Jessica), The Ohio State University

    Year: Senior, Majors: Accounting and Marketing

    • Originally from Chongqing, China
    • Former Vice president of Finance in AIESEC OSU chapter
    • Has worked for Clarus Partners in Columbus, OH
    • Plan to obtain CPA license after Graduation
    • Plan to pursue a Master’s degree

    Contact: xu.1695@osu.edu

    Angela Zhang, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major : Logistics; Minors: Business Analytics and Korean

    • Originally from Dublin, Ohio
    • Member of the Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity
    • Currently interns for the Wexner Medical Center's Supply Chain Department
    • Interested in pursuing a career in supply chain management in the healthcare industry

    Contact: zhang.6700@osu.edu

    Maya Kraus, Wittenberg University

    Year: Sophomore, Majors: Business Management and International Studies; Minor: Political Science

    • Originally from Athens, Ohio
    • Member of Kappa Delta Sorority
    • Member of Alpha Phi Omega
    • Serves as Student Senate Secretary
    • Interns for Lesotho Nutrition Initiative
    • Intends to go into the Peace Corps upon graduation

    Contact: krausm@wittenberg.edu

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