Ohio Program Harnesses Intern Power to Boost Its Export Market

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Exports are critically important to the state of Ohio. Goods exported from the Buckeye State to foreign markets totaled $50.8 billion in 2013. In 2011, more than a quarter of Ohio jobs were dependent on exports, especially those in the transportation sector.

So it’s not surprising that the state tries to do as much as it can to bolster its export market. And those efforts extend to tapping the power of highly motivated interns.

One relatively new state program, the Ohio Export Internship Program, pairs up business students from Ohio State University with companies in the state looking to export for the first time or improve their existing export business, while providing a 50 percent reimbursement for intern wages, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Columbus Dispatch reported on the program, now in its third year, in January:

“Exporting is not rocket science; it’s not harder than doing what they already do,” said Tim Sword, an export-assistance manager for the Ohio Development Services Agency. “But it does require a little more attention to detail, which requires someone to focus on it.”

That’s where the college student comes in.

Watch how the state of Ohio is connecting those students with export-oriented businesses in this new video:

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