Office of Global Business
Ohio Export Internship Program

Jumpstart your career with a meaningful, paid summer internship focused on 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 spring semester where you will be matched 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 initially 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 Program has expanded to include 18 universities and colleges across the state. 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 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 anytime after August 20, 2019.


Ohio Export Internship: Program Details

  • Academic Overview


    • BUSMHR 4570 Establishing Export Firms: (3 Credit)
    • Spring Semester Course, required
    • Course starts Friday, January 10, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020
    • The class exposes students to subject-matter experts in the field of international trade so that students 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.
    • Students will also be enrolled in the NASBITE Student Pathway Program in preparation to sit for the Certified Global Business Professional exam.
    • 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 22 participants.

    Program Contact:

    Joyce Steffan, Senior Director, Office of Global Business,

  • 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 acceptance to the program. Applicants for the 2020 Program will be evaluated on the criteria below:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
    • Sophomore rank or higher
    • Experience abroad preferred but not required
    • Previous work experience
    • Access to a car for summer internship transportation
    • Excellent communication skills as evidenced in the required video
    • Flexibility and enthusiasm required
  • Application Process

    Application Steps

    The application opens on August 20, 2019 and closes on October 1, 2019.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    1. Complete all questions on your application.
    2. Complete and upload required application documents (resume and video link)
    3. Expect to hear from the Office of Global Business 1-2 weeks after the application is submitted.
    4. Schedule an interview for those who advance to the next round.

    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 it accurately reflects your competence in the best possible way.

    Two-Minute Video

    Prepare a two-minute video describing the following:

    • Brief introduction that describes why you would be an excellent candidate for the Ohio Export Internship Program
    • Examples of how you can add value to the program
  • Internship Overview

    During the 2020 spring course, students will be evaluated and matched with a small to medium sized Ohio company.

    All student internships will start May 11 - August 7, 2020, 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. 

  • Information Sessions

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

    All information sessions will be held in Mason Hall 229

    Fri, September 6 10:30 - 11:30 am
    Mon, September 9 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    Thurs, September 12 10:00 - 11:00 am
    Fri, September 13 10:30 - 11:30 am
    Mon, September 16 3:30 - 4:30 pm
    Tues, September 17 10:00 - 11:00 am
    Thurs, September 19 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Fri, September 27 10:30 - 11:30 am


  • 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


    Past Class Speakers

    • Tim Sword, President, Columbus Sister Cities International, 88 East Broad Street, Suite 1750, Columbus, Ohio 43215;
    • Steve Kelley, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.9350;
    • 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;
    • Susan Whitney, Director, U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4750;
    • Amy Freedman, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Services, Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4737;
    • Patrick Hayes, International Trade Finance Manager-Eastern USA, U.S. Small Business Administration; 216.522.4731;
    • Vinita Mehra, Director and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter;


    • Michael Easton, General Manager, Star USA, 250 N Davis Rd, Ashland, Ohio 44805; 419.281.4778;
    • Chris Pilkington, Senior Vice President, International Business Development, Huntington Bank; 614.429.7440;

    • Mark Belles, Director, Currency Risk Management, Huntington Bank; 614.331.2132;

    • Mark Klein, Regional Director, ExIM Bank of the U.S., 312.375.1883;
    • 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
Contact Information

Joyce Steffan

Executive Director

Office of Global Business
Mason Hall 226
250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA