Ohio Export Internship Program – Now seeking applications

Ohio Export Internship Program
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Finding the time to focus on developing a new market is a challenge for many small businesses. The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed to help businesses overcome this challenge by matching them with highly motivated students, from Ohio universities and colleges, who have taken export-focused coursework at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration, Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business or University of Dayton, School of Business Administration.

The Ohio Development Services Agency is pleased to once again present the Ohio Export Internship Program! Watch our video to hear what people are saying about the Ohio Export Internship Program.

Contact Information
Wendi Howell

For Whom
The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed for companies that are looking to export for the first time or to improve their current export initiatives. The program matches companies with highly motivated students who have taken export-focused coursework, while providing a 50 percent reimbursement for the intern wages. This exciting internship program offers a mutually beneficial relationship to students and companies alike by providing real-world experiences where both can learn and grow.

2020-2021 Program Timeline:
Student applications open: September 2020
Company applications open: September 2020
Student interviews and notification of acceptance: October 2020
Company meetings: November 2020 to February 2021
Export courses at partner universities: January to April 2021
Notification of student/company matches: April 2021
Internships: May to August 2021
The Advantages:
Up to $3,600 reimbursement for half of the intern wages
Trained, full-time summer interns will focus on export development
A uniquely tailored scope of work with specific deliverables
Students are mentored by Ohio Development Services Agency, Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network and Ohio universities
The Commitment:
Compensation must be paid directly to the intern from the company or a payroll processing service. However, there is no reimbursement for processing fees. The intern must be employed 40 hours per week for 12 weeks, from May to August, at $15 per hour as an employee (W-2). Benefits such as health care and paid time off are not required under the program, but the company must comply with federal, state, and local laws.
Managerial guidance will be provided for the intern.
There will be an exporting budget, and the majority of the workload for the intern will be focused on exporting.
A program evaluation will be completed after the internship.
The Results:
Building export readiness
Identifying new markets
Market-specific research and analysis
Streamlining current export processes and procedures