YSU students participate in Ohio Export Internship Program

Nine students in YSU's Williamson College of Business Administration are working internships across Ohio this summer as part of the Ohio Export Internship Program.

Nine students in YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration are working internships across Ohio this summer as part of the Ohio Export Internship Program. They are, left to right, (standing) Daniel Hess, Conner Kesner, Mohammed Yusef, Silviu Mistreanu, Tibor Baki, Robert Grahovac, (seated), Jana Janson, Benjamin Smith and Hailey Strutz.

Nine students in Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration are working internships across Ohio this summer as part of the Ohio Export Internship Program.

Under the program launched by WCBA’s Center of International Business, with support from the Ohio Development Services Agency, students were recruited during fall semester 2014, completed a specialized exporting course during spring semester 2015, and last month were placed in internships that run through the first week of August. The ODSA will allocate funding to YSU to reimburse companies at the end of the program up to 50 percent, or $3,600.

The YSU Williamson College of Business Administration and the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University are the only two Ohio public universities that are participating in the internship program.

The following YSU students and companies are participating:

* Benjamin Smith of Youngstown, finance major with minor in entrepreneurship, works with River Consulting LLC, an engineering firm in Columbus. The firm delivers total project solutions for industries in energy, food, manufacturing and industry.

* Conner Kesner of Canfield, finance management major, works as an intern with Global Corporate College LLC, in Solon. GCC provides customized training for employees designed to meet specific learning outcomes in the hospitality, government, logistics, manufacturing, non-profit and retail industries.

* Daniel Hess as Cortland, major in business administration, is employed at A to Z Portion Control Meats Inc. For more than half a century, A to Z Portion Control Meats has produced a broad range beef and pork products for restaurant chains, retail outlets, and full-lined food distributors.

* Dumitru Silviu Mistreanu of Judetul Iasi, Romania, a bachelor of arts with a minor in advertising/public relations, works at Northern State Metals/Solar FlexRack with projects in Hondurus, Turkey, Canada and Japan. Solar FlexRack system adapts panel configurations along with a certified installer program guaranteed to meet a company’s solar needs.

* Jana Janson of Offengurg, Germany, with a major in business economics, is employed with Commercial Metal Forming, the nation’s leading manufacturer of Tank Heads and tank accessories with facilities in Ohio, Texas, and California. Since 1920, Commercial Metal Forming has evolved into the major U.S. supplier of tank heads and tank accessories for a wide variety of markets, including air receivers, petrochemical, LP Gas, oil field, construction equipment, rail and truck transportation, oil and gas separation, food processing and filtration.

* Mohammad Yusuf of Youngstown, major in accounting, works as an intern at Rain Drop Products LLC, in Ashland. The company features a product line of water play equipment including above ground and below ground spray ground/splash park features, slides and structures. Rain Drop Products exports to more than 14 countries.

* Robert Grahovac of Columbiana, major in business administration with minor in economics, works with Brand Castle LLC in Bedford Heights. The company has become the leader in innovative baking kits for children and adults with products in United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Australia. Brand Castle also operates an office in southern China.

* Tibor Baki of Canfield, major in management, works with TEGAM Inc. in Geneva. TEGAM Inc. specializes in the design, manufacture and support of a wide variety of test, measurement and calibration instruments with technical representatives and distributors in over 40 countries.

* Hailey Strutz of Youngstown, major in business economics, works with Altronic LLC, in Girard. Altronic is a subsidiary of HOERBIGER Engine Solutions from Austria specializing in the manufacturing of ignition and control systems for industrial engines.

Students in WCBA are exposed to international business through a number of venues, including Global Learning Experiences in Dublin, London and Prague. WCBA’s exporting course encompasses global learning experiences for students with research in international business, the study of emerging markets, and training/consulting services.

For more information on the Ohio Export Program, contact Mousa Kassis, trade advisor with the International Trade Assistance Center at YSU, at 330-941-2415 or mhkassis@ysu.edu.