Business Students Support Regional Export Activities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fifteen business students have been selected to participate in the 2023 Ohio Export Internship Program in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.

Students selected for the program completed specialized coursework in exporting this spring semester and have been matched with an Ohio company for a full-time paid summer internship. Internship projects include export compliance, market research, market expansion and international business plans.

The Ohio Export Internship Program, created by the Ohio Department of Development and offered at YSU, The Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, the University of Dayton, Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, provides a unique opportunity for businesses interested in expanding their exporting activities.

In the nine years the WCBA has hosted the program, 104 students have completed the program, 16 have received full-time job offers and 15 have chosen to take and passed the Certified Global Business Professional exam. Each year, students are formed into teams to complete real-life company projects with Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network clients. In total, the YSU cohort has completed 33 company projects of either an International Business Plan or Export Compliance Manual.

This year’s participants from the YSU cohort include YSU students Kabir Abdullahi, Jamison Ball, Lugina Bassil, Jack Brant, Anna Buffone, Makenzie Callihan, Zakria Chandio, Christian Febinger, Nathan Hill, Matthew May, Collin Meehan, Alessandra Montanez and Zackary L. Shumaker; and University of Akron students Devin Maddox and Manmeet Singh.

Pictured at top: Ohio Export Internship Program participants include, back row from left, Collin Meehan, Manmeet Singh, Devin Maddox, Christian Febinger, Kabir Abdullahi, Jack Brant, Jamison Ball, Zakria Chandio, Zackary Shumaker, Matthew May and Nathan Hill; front row from left, Makenzie Callihan, Alessandra Montanez and Anna Buffone. Not pictured is Lugina Bassil.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.