The Ohio Export Internship Program provides a valuable opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to current business challenges faced in today's global economy. A semester class and a 12-week work experience gives interns the chance to work with real people at real companies exporting real products.

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.

Based on the results below, 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. 

Program Impact

Predicted Export Sales                 $25.5 million
New Markets Developed                47
New Distributors Identified         76
New Customers Recruited            163
Total Student Interns                     144
Ohio Companies Involved            108
Student Job Offers                            25
Student Internship Extensions   34
Total International Students        43

Ohio companies exported $50.7 billion in commodities in 2015 and Ohio ranked eighth in exports for the U.S., with 215 countries and territories importing goods from Ohio.

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



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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,

  • 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 2018 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 22, 2017 and the deadline is October 20, 2017. 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 Interview

    Placement in a Ohio internship starting May 14-August 10, 2017 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 in learning 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 6, 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thurs, September 14, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Thurs, September 21, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • EIP Impact

    EIP President's "E" Award

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

    EIP News

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

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

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

    The 2017 EIP Showcase will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the State House Atrium from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

    Links below highlight the Showcase:

    2014 EIP Showcase Video

    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

  • 2017 EIP Class Resources

    Export Assistance Network Directors


    2017 Class Speakers

    • January 13: Dr. Anil Makhija, Dean, OSU Fisher College of Business, 614.292.1899;
    • January 13: Heidi Eldred, Graduate Director, OSU Fisher Office of Global Business, 614.688.4488;
    • January 13: Sameen Dadfar, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.6811;
    • January 13: Tim Sword, President, Columbus Sister Cities International, 88 East Broad Street, Suite 1750, Columbus, Ohio 43215;
    • January 20: Steve Kelley, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.9350;
    • January 20: Tom Bainbridge, Export Assistance Program Manager, Ohio Development Services Agency;
    • January 20: Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, OSU Business Librarian; 614.688.1725;
    • January 20: Nate Ward, Director, Export Assistance Network, Cleveland State University; 216.523.7347;
    • January 27: Alina Harastasnu, Business Analyst, MES, Inc.;
    • January 27: Thien Bui, Export Assistance Program Specialist, Ohio Development Services Agency,
    • January 27: Deb Scherer, Managing Director, Global Trade and Investments, Columbus 2020; 614.225.6096;
    • January 27: Roberta Winch, Director, International Programs, Small Business Development Center and Columbus 2020; 614.287.3850;
    • February 3: Susan Whitney, Director, U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4750; 
    • February 3: Amy Freedman, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Services, Department of Commerce, Cleveland, OH; 216.522.4737;
    • February 10: Patrick Hayes, International Trade Finance Manager-Eastern USA, U.S. Small Business Administration; 216.522.4731;
    • February 10: Kathy Marshalek, Export Assistance Network Director, Wright State University, Dayton, OH; 937.775.3524;
    • February 24: Vinita Mehra, Director and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter; 


    • February 24: Colleen Kardasz, Export Assistance Network Director, Toledo Chamber of Commerce, Toledo, OH; 419.243.8191;

    • March 3: Mark Vinesky, OIA Global Logistics,

    • March 10: Michael Easton, General Manager, Star USA, 250 N Davis Rd, Ashland, Ohio 44805; 419.281.4778;
    • March 10: Chris Pilkington, Senior Vice President, International Business Development, Huntington Bank; 614.429.7440;

    • March 10: Mark Belles, Director, Currency Risk Management, Huntington Bank; 614.331.2132;

    • March 10: Mark Klein, Regional Director, ExIM Bank of the U.S., 312.375.1883;
  • 2017 EIP Intern Biographies

    Laura Hurst, University of Akron

    Year: Junior, Major: International Business, Minor(s): Supply Chain and Operations Management

    • Originally from Canton, Ohio
    • Plans to study abroad before graduating next spring
    • Works as an Office Assistant in the Office of Accessibility at the University of Akron


    Zhaoping Hu, University of Akron

    Year: Graduate Student, Major: Accounting

    • First student in her class offered a graduate assistantship
    • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management
    • Has done budgeting and planning work for steel structure projects and preparing bid documents
    • Proficient in Mandarin and English


    Jack Schmeling, Bowling Green State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major(s): International Business and Supply Chain Management

    Minor: French

    • Experience in retail sales and customer service
    • Involved with a professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi
    • Plans to spend two semesters studying abroad in France at the University of Strasbourg


    Andrew Hoffman, University of Dayton

    Year: Junior, Major(s): International Business and Entrepreneurship

    • Studied abroad in Germany
    • Has traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland
    • Worked for Honda of America as a welder
    • Served as an assistant coach for Oakwood H.S. Water Polo
    • Hoffman plays club water polo for the University of Dayton


    Douglas (Max) Lumsden, University of Dayton

    Year: Sophomore, Major(s): Finance and Applied Mathematical Economics

    • Originally from Youngstown, Ohio
    • Member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
    • Has worked for Davis International, Inc. and Shapes Unlimited
    • Plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Risk Management
    • Interested in a career as an actuary


    Lucas Wahlen, University of Dayton

    Year: Junior, Major(s): Finance and Economics

    • Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Treasurer for service fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Lambda
    • Studied abroad in London, England and Dublin, Ireland
    • Stumbled upon entrepreneurship through his father


    Patrick Berry, University of Dayton

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Finance, Minor: Management Information Systems

    • Comes from a family of business owners
    • Passionate about Cleveland sports and living a healthy lifestyle
    • Has experience with product shipment and logistics
    • Interested in investment banking and entrepreneurship


    Carter Loesch, Denison University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Global Commerce (focus: European Studies), Minor: Spanish

    • Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Admissions Host at Denison University
    • Analyst to DU Investment Club
    • Delta Chi Rush Chairman
    • Big Brother Buddy and Academic Integrity Board Officer
    • Recipient of the Point O’ Woods Citizenship Award


    Samia Alghamdi, Cleveland State University

    Year: Graduate Student, Major: Computer Information Science and MBA (Information Systems)

    • SAS certified in applied statistics using SAS Miner
    • Started her own business at 18-years old
    • Active volunteer and honorary member on campus
    • Member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Secretary of the Association of Business Administration (ABA) at Royal Commission University
    • Teacher and volunteer at Junior Achievement and Confucius Institute
    • Tutor and a success coach at Cleveland State University
    • Interns at an IT services company


    Natalie Bolanos-Cruz, Ohio Dominican University

    Year: Senior, Major(s): International Business Administration and Economics

    • Started pursuing an MBA in Data Analytics
    • Involved in ODU Honors Program and Business Scholars Program
    • Works in optometry industry at Rinkov Eyecare
    • Traveled to Spain, France, Monaco and Mexico


    Patricia Barreto, Ohio Dominican University

    Year: Sophomore, Major(s): International Business and Finance

    • Born in Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish
    • Plays collegiate volleyball at ODU
    • Has traveled to 26 states, three islands and two countries


    Alex Bouterse, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: International Business and Logistics

    • Originally from Frisco, Texas
    • Vice President of the International Business Club at OSU
    • Interned with Howorth International; a multinational advisory firm


    Alexander Haberman, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Operations Management, Minor: Creative Writing

    • Originally from Delaware, Ohio
    • Works at the Worthington Community Center as a Lead Representative of the Customer Service Department and as a Building Supervisor
    • Involved with the Fisher International Friends program


    Andy Damschroder, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Operations Management, Minor: Aviation and Political Science

    • Originally from Annapolis, Maryland
    • VP of Communications of Kappa Sigma


    Basheer Almattar, The Ohio State University

    Year/Major: MBA focused on Strategy

    • Originally from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • Earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University
    • Worked for Saudi Aramco, an oil, gas and petroleum company


    Cole Brownsberger, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Business Administration Logistics

    • Native to Medina, Ohio
    • Has work experience in data analytics and general construction
    • Interested in entrepreneurship


    EJ Powers, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Marketing

    • Marketing Intern with the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ)
    • Formerly a Brand Ambassador for CBJ
    • Leads “Block O's” Ohio State Hockey Student Section
    • Plays drums in a band called, Something Else


    Gavin Bridegum, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Business Administration Logistics

    • Deeply involved in the Fisher College of Business community
    • Holds a leadership position in Phi Chi Theta
    • Holds a leadership position in the Risk Management Association
    • Participant in the 2016 Consulting Industry Cluster program


    Jonathon Snell, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Operations Management, Minor: German

    • Originally from Maumee, Ohio
    • Interns at the Ohio Department of Public Safety
    • Self-motivated and hardworking, with strong communication skills


    Kaleb Miller, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Logistics Management

    • Member of the Logistics Association
    • Serves as a Resident Advisor at OSU
    • Manages OSU’s Radio Club called, “80s and More with The Matador”
    • Owns a business called “Dobes N’ Hammer DJ Services”


    Kelly Scarborough, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Accounting

    • Active in the Second Year Transformational Experience Program
    • Works part-time as an Office of Residence Life Office Assistant
    • Served on the Executive Board for a Global Business Learning Community
    • Attended a capstone trip to Toronto, Ontario to meet with several Canadian-based startups


    Logan Miller, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Marketing

    • Originally from Berlin, Ohio
    • Studied abroad in Marseille, France
    • Has traveled to seven different countries
    • Work experience includes: food service, manufacturing and construction


    Margaret Kinkopf, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Marketing

    • Originally from Newbury, Ohio
    • Participated in the Geauga Growth Partnership
    • Interned at Flambeau Inc. as well as Fowler’s Mill Golf Course
    • Enjoys creating art and being a part of the art scholars’ community at OSU


    Muyang (Sheldon) Shen, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major(s): International Business and Accounting

    • Facility Manager at the Adventure Rec Center
    • Involved in the Emerging Leaders Institute
    • Serves as a fellowship committee member in Alpha Phi Omega
    • Aspires to be a University President


    Vattsa Mehta, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Finance and Economics

    • Active Member in Scarlet and Gray Financial
    • Social Cultural Chair for the Indian American Association at OSU
    • Interested in applying her cultural background to this internship


    Xiaohan Huo, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Accounting, Minor: Economics

    • Originally from Beijing, China
    • Vice President of Public Relations for the Global Leadership Initiative under the Office of International Affairs
    • Involved with the Buckeye Leadership Fellows program
    • Ohio Union Activity Board and serves as a university host


    Xiaolan (Sharon) Tong, The Ohio State University

    Year: Senior, Major: Finance

    • Went to high school in Florida for two years
    • Attended a liberal arts school in Maryland
    • Has experience working at Wuxi New City Advertisement


    Xingming (Cleo) Deng, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Finance

    • Originally from Chongqing, China
    • Active member of Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations
    • Passionate about problem-solving


    Yifun Sun, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Finance, Minor: Statistics

    • Interned at an accounting firm in China
    • Enjoys travelling internationally and experiencing different cultures
    • Wants help local Ohio companies expand their businesses


    Zhaohui Yang, The Ohio State University

    Year: Junior (International Student), Major: Logistics Management

    • Partner at a company that has business related to exporting
    • Vice President for International Undergraduate Orientation at OSU
    • Interested in pursuing a career in global business


    Keith Beeson, The Ohio State University, MBA

    Year: Full-time MBA student

    • Originally from Cleveland, Ohio
    • Earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo
    • More than eight years exp. as an Army Logistics Officer
    • Interested in Lean Operations, Human Capital and International Business


    Brenden Pereira, The Ohio State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Finance, Minor(s) Psychology and Neuroscience

    • Originally from New York, Pereira
    • Works at Nordstrom in the Easton Town Center
    • Portuguese descent


    Anthony Iacovetti, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Year: TBD, Major: Finance-Economics, Minor: Comparative Literature

    • Originally from Downers Grove, Illinois
    • President of Ohio Wesleyan’s Investment Club
    • President of Corns Entrepreneurial Business Scholar
    • Interned for Morgan Stanley and Benjamin F. Edwards
    • Interested in investment banking and entrepreneurship


    Patrick Alcofra, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Year: Junior, Major(s): International Business and French

    • Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Helped open a Latin America Nike retail shop for 2014 World Cup
    • Supervised more than 40 kids at summer camp
    • Fluent in English, Portuguese and French
    • Serves as Philanthropy and Brotherhood Chair for Phi Gamma Delta


    Shane Scott, University of Toledo

    Major(s): International Business and Marketing, Minor(s): Japanese and German

    • Holds leadership positions in Phi Gamma Delta, the International Business Association, Lambda Sigma Honorary Society and the Japanese Student Association
    • Involved with the Inter-Fraternal Council and the UT German Club
    • Employed by the University of Toledo's IT department


    Alan Hubler, Wright State University

    Year: TBD, Major: Accounting

    • Former active-duty Marine
    • Spent time in Afghanistan with an infantry battalion
    • Has worked in a shipping and receiving for American Honda
    • Participates in accounting club at Wright State University


    Tasha Fox, Wright State University

    Year: MBA student, Major: International Business

    • Originally from Xenia, Ohio
    • Rotary Youth Exchange student in Belgium
    • Lived with a host family and became fluent in French
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from WSU
    • Has studied abroad in China, Tanzania, Israel/Palestine and France
    • Works as a graduate assistant at WSU


    Zachary Louthan, Wright State University

    Year: MBA Student

    • Earned his Financial-Economics degree from Capital University
    • Has worked extensively in fields such as Financial Risk Analysis, Underwriting, and Real Estate Development


    Adam Aras, Youngstown State University

    Year: Senior, Major: Accounting, Minor: Marketing

    • Originally from Jordan
    • Has traveled and lived in many different countries
    • Can read, write and speak Arabic fluently
    • Works as a tax and audit Intern at Bodine Perry Accounting firm
    • Strong interest in globalization and international trade


    Allison Conroy, Youngstown State University

    Year: Junior, Major(s): Information and Supply Chain Management, Minor: International Business, Certificate: Enterprise Resource Planning and Leadership

    • Plans to studies in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de' Medici Italian International Institute in 2017
    • Learning American Sign Language, as well as Italian


    Ellen Chittester, Youngstown State University

    Year: Senior, Major(s): International Business (focus in Marketing) and Italian

    • Member of the John D. Beeghly Fellows Program
    • Works as an export intern for the SBDC at YSU
    • Studied abroad in Cefalù, Sicily twice during her college career
    • Has visited 15 different countries


    Emily Lampe, Youngstown State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: International Business, Minor: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Resource Planning

    • Originally from Diamond, Ohio
    • Plans to study abroad in Kalmar, Sweden
    • Involved in Business Leaders and the Treasurer of Ads club
    • Member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary


    Evan Landgraff, Youngstown State University

    Year: Sophomore, Major: Accounting

    • Owns a lawn and landscape business
    • Resident Assistant at YSU
    • Involved in Business Leaders and Penguin Pack
    • Interested in opening a business focused on exporting


    Joseph Scott, Youngstown State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Accounting

    • University Scholar in the Honors College
    • President of YSU Rotaract (similar to a Rotary Club)
    • Interned at Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
    • Studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic


    Julian Testa, Youngstown State University

    Year: Junior, Major: Information and Supply Chain Management

    • Traveled to Qatar and The United Arab Emirates
    • Served as a manager for a retail store for five years
    • Has run concession services at major state fairs


    Mariah Carna, Youngstown State University

    Year: TBD, Major: International Business, Minor: Marketing

    • Originally from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
    • Participated in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida
    • Studied European business while abroad in London, England
    • Worked an internship while studying abroad
    • Holds an executive board position with the Delta Zeta Sorority
    • Student Supervisor at the Youngstown State University Bookstore


  • 2016 EIP Class Resources

    International Trade Assistance Center Directors


    Class Speakers

    • Jan 15, 2016: Dr. Anil Makhija, Dean, OSU Fisher College of Business, 614.292.1899;
    • Jan 15, 2016: Sameen Dadfar, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.6811;
    • Jan 15, 2016: Tim Sword, President, Columbus Sister Cities International, 88 East Broad Street, Suite 1750, Columbus, Ohio 43215;
    • Jan 22, 2016: Steve Kelley, Ohio Development Services Agency, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.466.9350;
    • Jan 22, 2016: Gene Springs, OSU Business Librarian; 614.292.1942;
    • Jan 22, 2016: Roberta Winch, Director, International Programs, Small Business Development Center and Columbus 2020; 614.287.3850;
    • Jan 29, 2016: Archit Dhir, Director, Global Markets, Columbus 2020, 150 S. Front St., Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.225.6083;
    • Jan 29, 2016: Nate Ward, Director, International Programs, Cleveland State University; 216.523.7347;
    • Feb 5, 2016: Ken Creese, Director Sales & Marketing, Sutphen Corporation, 6450 Eiterman Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43016
    • Feb 5, 2016: Lynn Rich, International Marketing Specialist, Sutphen Corporation;
    • Feb 5, 2016: Susan Whitney, Director, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce; 216.522.4750; 
    • Feb 5, 2016: Colleen Kardasz, Director, International Programs, Toledo Chamber of Commerce; 419.243.8191 X 225;
    • Feb 12, 2016: Doug Matthews, Managing Director, Global Fluency, Columbus Council on World Affairs
    • Feb 12, 2016: Patrick Hayes, International Trade Finance Manager, Export Solutions Group; 216.522.4731;
    • Feb 12, 2016: Kathy Marshalek, International Trade Assistance Center, Wright State University; 937.775.3524;
    • Feb 26, 2016: Vinita Mehra, Director and Chair, Asia-Pacific Practice, Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, LLC, 65 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614.255.5508;
    • Feb 26, 2016: Jamie Sisto, Chair, Southern Ohio District Export Council and Chief Legal Officer, Schuerger Law; 614.674.6901;
    • Mar 8, 2016: Mark Locker, Ohio Department of Transportation, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223; 614.466.2347;
    • Mar 11, 2016: Michael Easton, General Manager, Star USA, 250 N Davis Rd, Ashland, Ohio 44805
    • Mar 11, 2016: Chris Pilkington, Senior VP and Manager, International Business Development, FirstMerit Bank, 106 S. Main Street, TOW13, Akron, Ohio 44308, 614.429.7440
      • EIP FirstMerit Bank Presentation
    • Mar 25, 2016: James Foley, Author, The Global Entrepreneur, Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship Illinois SBDC International Trade Center Bradley University; 309.677.3075; 


    ​Global Professional Readings

    The Global Entrepreneur (Third Edition) by James Foley

    Industry Websites

    Brookings Institute's Export Monitor 2015

    Ohio Development Services Agency, Export Assistance

    Export.Gov, Helping U.S. Companies Export

    Export.Gov, Trade Missions

    Food Export Association of the Midwest, Exploring Export Options

    International Trade Administration, National Export Initiative

    International Trade Compliance Institute, NASBITE 2015 Web Resources for Exporters

    MSU Global Edge, Developing an Export Strategy

    MSU Global Edge, Export Tutorials

    Ohio District Export Council

    Rickenbacker Inland Port

    U.S. Department of Commerce



  • 2016 EIP Intern Biographies

    Michael Osborn, University of Akron

    Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Michael Osborn is a sophomore at the University of Akron pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in French. Osborn has interned as a Translator and Administrative Assistant at Le Mans Développement in Le Mans, France and as an Office Aid for Ohio Senator Jim Hughes. Outside of work and academia, he is an Eagle Scout, a Resident Assistant and a member of Akron’s Drama Club. Osborn is proficient in French, has travelled to more than 20 countries and hopes to work abroad after graduation. You can contact Osborn at

    Mike Steensen, University of Akron

    Mike Steensen from Granville, Ohio, plans to graduate from the University of Akron in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with minors in Spanish and Human Resources. Last year, Steensen studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain where he learned about several cultures while travelling throughout Europe. Steensen specializes in letter of credit discounting and market entry analysis. You can contact Steensen at

    Josh Webb, Ashland University

    Josh Webb currently resides in Ashland, Ohio. He is a junior at Ashland University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management with minors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Webb is also involved with Eagle Entrepreneurs and “The Well” Fellowship group at Five Stones Church. Upon graduation, he hopes to start his own business and use his experience from the Ohio Export Internship Program to go global. You can contact Webb at

    Karley Jones, Bowling Green State University

    Karley Jones is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a sophomore attending Bowling Green State University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Management with a focus in Human Resources. Currently, she is the Benefits Enrollment Intern at Brown and Brown of Ohio LLC in Perrysburg, Ohio. Jones believes that her most valuable assets are her communication skills and open personality when it comes to meeting new people. You can contact Jones at

    Derwin Pritchett II, Bowling Green State University

    Originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Derwin Pritchett II now resides in Bowling Green, Ohio where he is a junior at Bowling Green State University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. He has experience working in sales at the Student Union of his university at Starbucks. Upon graduation, he plans to get a job in marketing. He describes himself as an effective leader, communicator and problem solver. You can contact Pritchett at

    Theresa Hall, Central State University

    Theresa Hall is a senior at Central State University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Hailing from Inkster, Michigan she is very active on campus where she has served as Campus Activities Board Chairperson, Student Affairs Senator, and currently Vice President of the Student Government Association. While serving in these positions, Hall has managed to be an annual recipient of the College of Business Dean’s List. She plans to utilize her skills and knowledge in marketing to further her career aspirations in business. You can contact Hall at

    Jeffrey Tsai, Columbus State Community College

    Jeffrey Tsai is an undergraduate student at Columbus State Community College. Upon completion of his Associate's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Tsai will seek work in Ohio's prime logistics industry in pursuit of field-related expertise, practical experience, and a network of enthusiastic peers. Tsai hopes for the opportunity to use these acquired experiences and skills to work overseas. You can contact Tsai at

    Brennen Bell, University of Dayton

    Brennen Bell currently resides in Copley, Ohio and is a sophomore studying International Business and Finance at the University of Dayton. He is currently the President of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Bell has been involved in the business world because his parents run their own businesses. His previous work experience includes positions in sales and project management at Nelsen Corporation Ironwood Golf Course. You can contact Bell at

    Renee Brocker, University of Dayton

    Renee Brocker is originally from Columbus, Ohio, but currently attends the University of Dayton. She is pursuing a degree in International Studies with a minor in International Business. Renee previously studied abroad in China, where she gained vital cultural insights both personally and professionally. This experience enhanced her understanding of international business and the importance of a globalized outlook on the world. You can contact Brocker at

    Jacob Saliba, Ohio Dominican University

    Jacob Saliba is currently working as an Operations Analyst at the Ohio Casino Control Commission. He previously worked at the Ohio Senate as an intern for U.S. Senator Rob Portman. In his time at the Senate, Saliba focused heavily on drafting and editing amendments as well as on constituent relations. This experience trained him on the mechanics of government and political strategy. In his two years at Ohio Dominican University, he has been working towards his Economics and Finance degrees, which have enhanced his perspective on economic development and financial strategy. With well-rounded experiences in both the political and economic industries, Saliba can provide a unique insight for Ohio businesses. You can contact Saliba at

    Erica Evans, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Erica Evans is from Hudson, Ohio. Currently, she is studying International Business and Spanish at Ohio Wesleyan University. She plans to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain in fall 2016. Her previous involvements include participating in the Economics Management Fellowship, acting as Director of Social Events in the Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Gamma, and being an active member in both the Investment Club and Spirit and Homecoming Organization. You can contact Evans at

    Jake Kleinhenz, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Jake Kleinhenz is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance Economics and a minor in Accounting. Kleinhenz is an inducted member of the Economics Management Fellows Program and the Marketing and Event Planning Intern for the Woltemade Center. He is also on the football team and an officer in his fraternity. Kleinhenz has held past leadership positions with multiple athletic teams and organizations that have helped to build quality communication, leadership and time-management skills. He has worked in a small, start-up business setting where he learned about business operations, patents, trade shows, customer service and manufacturing. You can contact Kleinhenz at

    Charlie Kottler, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Charlie Kottler is from Fairfield, Connecticut and is currently a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he is majoring in International Business, Accounting and Spanish. After his freshman year, Kottler worked as an Investor Relations Intern with ICR in New York City, New York. He is currently chairman of the OWU Economics Student Board and a member of the OWU men’s soccer team. He has lived in Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish. You can contact Kottler at

    Richard Spernoga, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Originally from Worthington, Ohio, Richard Spernoga is a sophomore attending Ohio Wesleyan University. He plans to graduate with a dual major in International Business and Spanish with a regional focus in Spain. At Ohio Wesleyan, he is a member of the football team and a brother of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In the future, he hopes to work in either supply chain management or with an export management company. You can contact Spernoga at   

    John Allen, The Ohio State University

    John Allen is a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania but lives in Columbus, Ohio during the academic year. He is a second-year student at The Ohio State University where he studies Business with a concentration in Finance. Allen attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for his first year of college and gained international experience while studying abroad in Zurich, Switzerland. Allen explored the reinsurance industry and gained valuable knowledge about potential careers within that field. You can contact Allen at

    Jessica Brown, The Ohio State University

    Jessica Brown resides in Columbus, Ohio where she studies Business, with a specialization in Operations. She currently works as a Client Relations Intern at Simplifi HR Solutions. She is very involved in student life by being the Vice President of the mentoring organization, MUSE, as well as having a considerable amount of time volunteering at various events throughout the community. You can contact Brown at

    Mohamed Camara, The Ohio State University

    Mohamed Camara is currently attending The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. Originally from Guinea in West Africa, Mohamed lived in Michigan for the majority of his time in the U.S. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio where he studies Business, specializing in Management Information Systems and Economics. He is also majoring in International Relations and Diplomacy, with a minor in French. He has worked as a Head Coach for a middle school soccer team and is currently employed as a Student Center Assistant at The Ohio State University's Financial Aid office. Mohamed is engaged in several extracurricular activities, including the African Youth League, the Muslim Students Association and the Model African Union organization at the university. You can contact Camara at

    Jai Min Cham, The Ohio State University

    Jai Min Cham grew up in Malaysia, a country with a diverse culture that allowed her to learn more than three languages. She is currently a senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. She has been actively involved in campus activities including the Malaysian Student Association, which has helped her develop strong interpersonal skills. Her experiences in growing up in a diverse country with a multi-cultural background, helps her bring a unique outlook to international business. You can contact Cham at

    Yu Chen, The Ohio State University

    Yu Chen is a junior at The Ohio State University and is a double major in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. She works as an Assistant at Thompson Library in addition to being an Intern at Changzhou Zhijie Import and Export Company, of the largest exporting companies in Changzhou, China. She is also a member of Fisher Cares which is an undergraduate business student community service organization. You can contact Chen at

    Marc Facca, The Ohio State University

    Originally from Plano, Texas, Marc Facca is a second year Marketing student at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he intends on going into business-business sales, and has prior management experience in the food industry. He is an active member of the American Marketing Association at OSU and is excited about the opportunity for personal and professional growth through the Ohio Export Internship Program. He brings energy, passion and a relentless work ethic to his endeavors. You can contact Facca at

    Paul Guzi, The Ohio State University   

    Paul Guzi is currently a senior from Cleveland, OH attending The Ohio State University majoring in both Marketing and International Business. He held an internship position with Rosetta, a digital marketing agency, in the summer of 2015. In addition, Paul has participated in the study abroad program called Semester At Sea where he traveled throughout Europe and Scandinavia. He is also the acting Vice President of Phi Chi Theta, a Professional Business Fraternity on The Ohio State University’s campus. You can contact Guzi at

    Thomas Johnson, The Ohio State University

    Thomas Johnson is an Assistant to the Director of Graduate Student Affairs in the Anthropology Department of The Ohio State University. Thomas began his studies at Wright State University, but transferred to The Ohio State University at the beginning of his junior year to continue his studies in Business Logistics. He is a member of the Logistics Association, and has served as a student advocate of Montgomery County, under the supervision of the Columbus Housing Metropolitan Authority, for the 2015 HUD-FASH proposal. When not working, Thomas enjoys hiking, snowboarding and rock climbing. Thomas can be reached at   

    Eun Bit Na Lee, The Ohio State University

    Eun Bit Na Lee is from Incheon, South Korea, which is becoming a business hub in Southeast Asia. She is a senior majoring in Finance at The Ohio State University. She has worked with Holstein Group, Inc. as a Social Media Developer to work with startup companies. Eun Bit Na is currently an Event Coordinator of Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders Association, which is an Asian-based student organization to develop professional growth, leadership and networking. Her main responsibility is to plan professional events focused on informing students on business working environments. She enjoys working in a diverse environment and finds it helpful to her personal and professional development. You can contact Lee at

    Han Li, The Ohio State University

    Han Li is earning his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University with a major in Accounting. His previous experience includes working for New Oriental, Foreign Language Educational Institution of YangGuang and the Central Ohio Tax Company. Before arriving to The Ohio State University from China, he spent a year in California as a high school exchange student. He is fluent in Mandarin. You can contact Li at

    Yiqun (Casey) Li, The Ohio State University

    Yiqun Li is from Taiyuan, China. She is a junior studying Logistics and Operation Management at The Ohio State University. She currently works as a program assistant in the International Partnership of Education Research and Communication (IPERC) Foundation. She is the Vice President of Internal Communications in the Global Leadership Initiative program. She was also one of the 2015-16 International Peer Advisors in the Office of International Affairs. You can contact Li at

    Mohamed Mosbah, The Ohio State University

    Mohamed Mosbah is an international student from Cairo, Egypt. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he studies Operations Management and Logistics Management at The Ohio State University. He is interested in Big Data, Supply Chain Management, Lean Manufacturing, and International Business. In December 2016, he will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Fisher College of Business. You can contact Mosbah at

    Nihal Prakash, The Ohio State University

    Nihal Prakash is a third-year student from New Delhi, India, studying Operations Management at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. His previous work experience includes an internship with Ernst & Young in New Delhi. He is optimistic about using his academic and extracurricular involvement as well as cultural background to bring value to the Ohio Export Internship Program. You can contact Prakash at

    Matthew Skiba, The Ohio State University

    Matthew Skiba, a native of Chicago, currently lives and studies in Columbus, OH. He is a well-rounded individual who has worked in a variety of sectors ranging from education to construction and always demonstrates a positive, “can-do” attitude. As a young professional passionate about travel, Matthew looks forward to embarking on his journey into the business world through the Ohio Export Internship Program. He is currently studying at The Ohio State University, where he hopes to graduate with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance and Economics in 2017. You can contact Skiba at

    Yuchen Yan, The Ohio State University

    Yuchen Yan is from Wuxi, China. He is a senior, studying Finance and Japanese at The Ohio State University. He is the Vice President of Social Events in the International Student Community Service. He has interned as an operation assistant for the Huachen garment manufacturing plant in China this past summer. He is proficient in Mandarin and English, and has an intermediate understanding of Japanese. You can contact Yan at

    Eileen Yee, The Ohio State University

    Eileen Yee currently resides in Columbus, Ohio as a third-year student studying Accounting at The Ohio State University. Her previous work experience includes administrative work for a local exporting company. She is involved in a local rehoming organization for German Shepherd dogs. You can contact Yee at

    Jacob Hadley, the University of Toledo

    Jacob Hadley was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he currently works as an Inside Sales Intern at Therma-Tru Doors, a Sales Representative with Verizon and an IT member at the University of Toledo. Not only is he highly involved with work, he is also a Searles Ambassador, which represents the College of Business. Hadley always looks for opportunities to improve himself and the people around him. He is a double major in Sales and Marketing and expects to graduate in December 2016. You can contact Hadley at

    Francis Ballester, Wright State University

    Francis Ballester is a sophomore at Wright State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business. He is currently a member of the Raj Soin College of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the Honors Program and Wright State's chapter of the Alpha Lamba Delta Fraternity. He has tutored Microeconomics since January 2015, as well as Accounting and Macroeconomics since January 2016. In April 2015, Ballester represented the University Honors Program at the annual Mid-East Honors Association conference, where he presented on the Wright State Honors Identity with several other honors students. Over the summer of 2015, he worked part-time in the Production Department of Ali Industries in Fairborn, and during the academic year he works as an office assistant for the Dean’s Office of the College of Education and Human Services. He hopes to graduate with honors in spring of 2018. You can contact Ballester at

    Michael Peery, Wright State University

    Michael Peery currently lives in Dayton, Ohio, where he is completing a degree in International Business with a minor in Chinese. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nuclear Medicine from Columbus State University in 2007. Peery has more than ten years of experience with customer service. He hopes to help local Ohio businesses to expand into the global market. You can contact Peery at

    Sidi Zein, Wright State University

    Sidi Zein is originally from Mauritania, Africa. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Angers in France and obtained a Master’s in Marketing from the University of Cadi-Ayad in Morocco. He is currently in the final year of his Master of Business Administration, with the focus on International Business at Wright State University. You can contact Zein at

    Fabio Bassil, Youngstown State University

    Fabio Bassil currently lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he attends Youngstown State University as a sophomore majoring in International Business. Bassil moved to the United States from Germany eight years ago and has traveled to many places around the world. He has many international experiences and speaks fluent German and Arabic. In addition to completing his degree, he is also the Manager of a Shell Gasoline Station. You can contact Bassil at

    Daniel Belinky, Youngstown State University

    Daniel Belinky is a junior Business Economics major at Youngstown State University. For the past three semesters, he has worked as a Peer Tutor at Youngstown State’s Center for Student Progress. Daniel is also pursuing a minor in Supply Chain Management and hopes to receive a certification in Enterprise Resource Planning Training. You can contact Belinky at

    Connie Buck, Youngstown State University

    Connie Buck is a senior at Youngstown State University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management. She has completed multiple marketing internships with the Pittsburgh Project and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Both of the nonprofit organizations promote neighborhood revitalization by upholding the dignity of vulnerable homeowners and empowering community members. In addition to those experiences, she also completed a year-long clerkship with the Mahoning County Prosecutors Office. Her future career goals include working globally to achieve economic stability and justice throughout the developing world. She views the Export Internship Program as an incredible opportunity for growth and an excellent avenue to begin a career in international business. You can contact Buck

    Fadi El Chammas, Youngstown State University

    Fadi El Chammas is originally from Beirut, Lebanon, and now resides in Poland, Ohio, where he works as the Export Assistance Network Intern at the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University. He is also an International Business student at Youngstown State University. His previous work experience includes years of customer service. El Chammas speaks Arabic and French fluently. He plans to graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in December 2016. You can contact El Chammas at

    Nichole DeSantis, Youngstown State University

    Nichole DeSantis is from Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and she is a senior at Youngstown State University. Nichole is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a minor in International Business. Her previous work experience includes being a manager at Rue 21 and working in sales. After graduating in December 2016, she would like to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration. You can contact DeSantis at

    Yana Flider, Youngstown State University

    Yana Flider is an International Business major expecting to graduate in the fall of 2016. She is currently part of the John D. Beeghly Fellows program and works at the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University. After graduation Flider wants to apply for the Mountbatten Institute in London.  Originally from Belarus, Flider appreciates cultural diversity and is passionate about expanding her cultural knowledge and immersing herself in the global industry. You can contact Flider at

    Tiffani Pike, Youngstown State University

    Tiffani Pike is a senior majoring in Finance and International Business at Youngstown State University. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and plans to graduate in December 2016. Currently, Pike is preparing to study abroad in Shanghai, China in fall 2016. She works at YSU’s Center for International Studies and Programs, focusing on immigration and international admission. You can contact Pike at

    Briana Scott, Youngstown State University

    Briana Scott is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting at Youngstown State University. Her previous work experience includes an internship in supply chain and public accounting. She has also held positions in customer service in restaurants and a landscaping retail store. She is also an independent dog trainer. In her spare time she enjoys riding and showing horses, and practicing her cooking skills. You can contact Scott at

    Stephanie Wood, Youngstown State University

    Stephanie Wood is from Salem, Ohio and is double majoring in Finance and International Business at Youngstown State University.  She is involved in the Honors College, Business Leaders Program, Model United Nations and Delta Zeta sorority. Through these extracurricular activities, she has gained leadership skills, donated her time to philanthropies and networked. Wood has worked at Express as an Associate, Stylist and Manager for over two years. In spring 2015, Stephanie studied abroad in Torino, Italy and studied International Marketing and International Finance with professors from all over the world. She has been to 14 different countries and speaks conversational Italian. She will graduate this year in the summer of 2016. You can contact Wood at