Business Students Seek Export Internship Opportunities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Nine business students, seven from Youngstown State University and two from the University of Akron, have been selected to participate in the Ohio Export Internship Program this year.

The YSU students are Mitchell Barcey of Canfield; Ahmed Elkhafif from Cairo, Egypt; Faith Gaffney of McDonald, Pa.; Joshua Gianoutsos from Howland; James Greenawalt of Hubbard; Adam Hauser of Andover; and Hunter Miller of Poland. Jackson Gagne and Prad Georges were chosen from the University of Akron.

The Ohio Export Internship Program was created by the Ohio Development Services Agency and is offered at Youngstown State University, The Ohio State University and Cleveland State University. It provides an opportunity for businesses interested in expanding their exporting activities.

Highly motivated students apply for and are selected for this competitive program. Students complete specialized coursework in exporting and are then matched with an Ohio company for a full-time paid summer internship. Internship projects include export compliance, market research, market expansion and export feasibility studies.

In the six years of the statewide program there have been 190 student-company matches, resulting in more than $31 million in expected global sales, 35 full-time job offers to students and 50 extended internships, according to YSU.

For more information on the Ohio Export Internship Program, contact Mousa Kassis, export assistance network director with the Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU, at 330-941-2415 or

Pictured at top: Seated from left are Hunter Miller, Faith Gaffney and Joshua Gianotsos. Standing: James Greenawalt, Prad Georges, Jackson Gange, Mousa Kassis, Ellen Chittester, Mitchell Barcey, Ahmed Elkhafif and Adam Hauser.

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