The State of Ohio’s Export Internship Program will now assist Ohio businesses hoping to expand their exports initiative, according to a recent Ohio Development Services Agency news release.

The Development Services Agency is currently accepting applications from companies interested in taking part in the program.

The Ohio Export Internship Program creates opportunities for businesses to increase exports by matching businesses with “highly motivated” college students who have completed export-focused coursework.

52 students from 12 universities in Ohio have been chosen to participate in the Ohio Export Internship Program.

“The interns are a tremendous benefit for the businesses,” said the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, David Goodman. “It’s a great win for Ohio because we’re getting an educated workforce, we’re getting businesses that are productive, and we’re creating jobs.”

The Ohio Development Services Agency offers a 50 percent reimbursement of wages for an intern (up to $3,600) to participating small and medium-sized businesses.

In the program’s seven-year history, 231 company-student matches were created, which resulted in 63 internship extensions, 44 new employment positions, and 303 new international markets, customers or distributors.

Companies should apply soon. The final deadline for filing applications is February 1, 2019. The summer internship program will run from May 13 to August 9, 2019.

Ohio companies can apply for the Ohio Export Internship Program at eip.development.ohio.gov.

For more information about the Ohio Export Internship Program, visit youtube.com/watch?v=XsB1TcRDK5g.

The Ohio Export Internship Program is a partnership among The Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

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