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Ohio Preps to Support the Next Generation of Exporters

October 20, 2014

Todd Hiser is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Small map of U.S. Midwest with Ohio highlightedCall it a trend. For three straight years, Ohio has set records for annual state exports.

In 2013, the state exported $50.8 billion in goods, with transportation making up 32 percent of the export total.

It’s certainly something to celebrate, as those exports support more than 259,000 jobs. But rather than spend  time celebrating, Ohio is moving to prepare the next generation of exporters.

The Ohio Export Internship Program, a collaboration between the Ohio Development Services Agency and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration, is a special track for students looking to contribute to the future of global businesses in Ohio. The program features a specially-designed exporting course in the spring, followed by an export-related internship in the summer.

What does this mean for Ohio? It means we are helping create a global fluency among tomorrow’s business leaders. It means we are giving tomorrow’s workforce the skills necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s business environment – a global business environment. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has called for trade to become part of the DNA of our economy. This is how we make that happen.

There’s still time for students to apply for the internship, and any students interested in global business should apply.

As the world continues to seek out the quality products we make here in Ohio, I’m excited to see how the interns who graduate from this program enable more companies to meet that demand.