State of Ohio Seeking Small Businesses to Hire Export Interns

Are you a business interested in selling your products or services internationally? The Ohio Development Services Agency is searching for companies who are interested in exporting their products into international markets.

The Ohio Export Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to businesses interested in exporting by matching them with highly-motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. This year, 50 students from 12 different Ohio universities have been selected to participate in the program.

“Our students can help Ohio businesses take their quality goods and services to international markets they couldn’t otherwise reach,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Ohio Development Services Agency offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

In the five years of the program, 144 student-company matches were created, resulting in more than $26 million in expected global sales and 25 full-time job offers to students.

The deadline for companies to apply is March 1, 2017. The summer internship runs from May 16 through August 11, 2017. Ohio companies can apply at

The program is a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, The Ohio State University and Youngstown State University. To learn more about the Ohio Export Internship Program, click here.