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Ohio Export Internship Program

Jumpstart your career with a meaningful, paid internship in 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 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. 

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.

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 be a part of this award-winning program, please see the program details below. The application will reopen Fall 2022.

Ohio Export Internship: Program Details

  • INB 357 Export Management: (3 Credit)
  • Spring Semester Course, required
  • Held on Tuesday evenings, 6:35 p.m. - 9:20 p.m., starting Tuesday, January 11, 2022, through Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the University of Dayton.
  • 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 University of Dayton students and limited to 10 participants.

Program Contact

Janet Leonard: Director, Center for Business Student Engagement -

This program is open to all University of Dayton School 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 2022 Program will be evaluated on the criteria below:

  • Maintains GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Sophomore rank or higher
  • Previous work experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm required

Application Steps

Applications have closed but will reopen Fall 2022. 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 Janet Leonard in 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
  • Up-to-Date-Resume
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.

Once accepted into the OEIP program, students will be placed with a small to medium sized Ohio company during the spring semester of 2022.

All student internships will be in the summer of 2022 for 12 weeks and will be a paid internship with access to resources provided by the state and federal government, as well as The University of Dayton.

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.

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

Information Sessions
Thursday, 9/9/21 5:05 p.m. in MH 209
Friday, 9/10/21 3:30 p.m. in MH 209
Wednesday, 9/15/21 6:35 p.m. in MH 209


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 UndergroundPartnership Between State and OSU Trains Export-Focused Interns

Columbus DispatchOhio 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

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
Class Speakers
               Annual Export Report and Foreign Direct Investment Directory
  • 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; 614.255.5508;
  • 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 Entrepreneurship Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

Reed Van Tiem
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing
  • Minor: International Business Management
  • Hometown: Northville, Michigan
  • Member of Pi Sigma Epsilon professional sales fraternity
  • Assistant in University's Athletic Communications office
  • Interning at Control Bionics in Milford, OH
Leticia DeLeon
  • Year: Senior
  • Majors: International Business Management
  • Hometown: Bethesda, MD
  • Studied abroad in Madrid, Spain - Fall 2019
  • Member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity
  • Interning at US Bridge in Westerville OH
Cosette Debourbon
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Management with a Global Markets Emphasis
  • Minor: Business Analytics
  • Hometown: Dublin, OH
  • Member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, Epsilon Nu Tau business fraternity, and Alpha Phi sorority
  • Interning at Open Additive, LLC in Beavercreek, OH
Andrew Cahill
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Finance
  • Minor: MIS and Business Analytics
  • Hometown: Ft. Wright, Kentucky
  • Member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Sigma Nu social fraternity, and Quant Club
  • Interning at Elliott Tool Technologies in Dayton OH
Clare Murphy
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: International Business Management
  • Minor: Marketing
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, Gamma Epsilon Lambda, and Competitive Sports Supervisor for Campus Recreation
  • Interning at Eagle Elastomer, INC in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sophie Petras
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Operations Management
  • Minor: International Business
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Studied abroad in Paris, France second semester sophomore year
  • Member of OPSSA, GEL, and Campus Recreation
  • Interning at Checkpoint Surgical in Cleveland, OH
Alex Smith
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Marketing
  • Minor: Spanish and Management
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Member of Beta Theta Pi and Entrepreneurship Club
  • Interning at Hartzell Air Movement in Piqua, OH
Nicole Rose Albesa
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Entrepreneurship
  • Minor: Marketing
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines
  • Member Asian American Association and Social Affairs Director for OPSSA
  • Interning at Hartzell Hardwoods in Piqua, OH
Alex Ballou
  • Year: Senior
  • Majors: Entrepreneurship and Management with a concentration in Global Markets
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
  • Member of Epsilon Nu Tau
  • Interning at TrueChoicePack in West Chester, OH


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