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Ohio Export Internship Program

Ohio Export Internship Program

Jump-start your career with a meaningful, paid internship in global trade! The Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) will prepare you with the technical skill set 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.

Are you ready to join this award-winning program? Review the program's details and submit your application!

Program Highlights

A required course in the spring semester prepares students to intern with small- to mid-size Ohio companies, where they’ll analyze the company's export readiness and contribute to the development of the company's export strategy. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be carefully matched with Ohio companies. During the 12-week paid internship, students will apply what they learned during the course.

Required Spring Semester Class (3 Credits)

The class features guest speakers, student presentations and a semester-long export consulting project with a real Ohio company. The aspects of the course come together to provide a valuable network of trade professionals, hands-on experience and unrivaled opportunities to develop confidence and professionalism. The required spring semester class is a closed course, and students will be enrolled in the class upon selection to join OEIP.

Students will also be enrolled in the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Student Pathway Program in preparation to complete the Certified Global Business Professional micro-credential.

Note: Please leave room in your spring schedule to accommodate this three-credit required course. The course start and end dates reflect Ohio University’s spring semester calendar.

Summer Internship Placement

Students will be carefully evaluated during the spring semester course and matched accordingly with a small- to medium-sized Ohio company. Students will provide an internship profile, which will be used to guide the company placement process. Internships begin in mid-May and conclude in mid-August.

The internship experience includes access to resources provided by the state and federal governments, as well as Ohio University. During the internship, students are expected to leverage their relationships with classroom guest speakers, who are subject-matter-experts, and resources shared during the course during. Internships can be in any sector or industry and will focus specifically on international trade efforts.


This program is open to all current OHIO business students, both international and domestic. Space in the program is limited. All applicants are carefully evaluated, and viable candidates will be interviewed by the program director prior to admittance to the program.

Application Evaluation Criteria for the 2022 Program

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more
  • Sophomore rank or higher
  • Previous work experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm required
  • Access to a car for summer internship transportation is required
  • Experience abroad is preferred, but not required

Learn More and Apply

Before beginning an application, interested students are encouraged to attend an information session.

Application Process

The application closing date will be announced at a later time. Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  1. Complete all questions on the application
  2. Complete and upload the required documents and supplemental materials (learn more by reading the Application Documents and Two-Minute Video or Short Essay sections)
  3. The College of Business will reach out to applicants 1-2 weeks after applications are submitted
  4. Applicants selected to advance to the next round in the interview process will receive instructions to schedule an interview by email

Application Materials

Updated Resume

Upload a current resume as a PDF attachment with your application. Since resumes will be used as a starting place for internship placements, make sure it accurately reflects your competence and experience in the best possible way.

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Ohio Export Internship: Additional Program Details

The Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) began in 2012 as a way to demonstrates the positive impact of partnerships between the state of Ohio, its universities and private industry. The goal is 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 learn more about the program and its impact in the state, visit the Ohio Department of Development's OEIP website.

Contact Information

Have questions about the Ohio Export Internship Program at OHIO? Send an email to Don Hackney.