Nia Lambdin | Managing Editor
Dean of the College of Business Jennifer Percival welcomed Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik and Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, to announce the new business partnership between Bowling Green State University and the Ohio Department of Development in the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center on Sept. 30.
The partnership will establish a new export-focused class and internship program for the Spring 2023 semester. Students who participate in the class will be eligible for export-related internships as early as the beginning of May 2023.
BGSU will be joining five other universities in hosting the Ohio Export Internship Program. Those who the university is joining include The Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University and the University of Dayton, along with Ohio University later today.
Ohio Department of Development Director, Lydia Mihalik spoke about the ways in which BGSU is playing a key role in the development and expansion of the program.
“We are so excited that Bowling Green State University has decided to join our export internship program. BG is a key edge. Of course, till today there were two parts of the state that did not have direct involvement in the Ohio export internship program and by the end of today, we’re going to have that issue resolved and we’re very pleased that we now have a university partner here in Northwest Ohio,” Mihalik said.
This program will help the students from BGSU and the surrounding universities get hands-on experience in the workforce while also strengthening the existing exporting goals of the small businesses where students will be interning over the summer months.
“In the 12 years of this particular program, students have helped businesses open 400 new markets, distributors and customers. More than 400 students from 19 universities have worked for 232 companies throughout the state,” Mihalik said. “Businesses have had such success that 136 internships have been extended and 69 new positions have been created as a result of these internships.”
The Ohio Department of Development will be reimbursing the companies that are working with the export internship program for half of the interns’ wages.
BGSU President Rodney Rogers spoke briefly about how this program will increase student success and Ohio’s workforce needs while pushing Northwest Ohio forward.
"As a public university for the public good, BGSU is committed to supporting businesses, our communities and to help drive economic vitality. We are so pleased to collaborate with the Ohio Department of Development to provide robust opportunities to our students and help move our region and Ohio forward,” Rogers said.
Students interested in joining the program should contact the associate dean of the Schmidthorst College of Business and professor Zubair Mohamed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’ve experienced some really big wins as of late and certainly, more are coming. We have been striving to be very bold, very diverse and responsive and solution-focused in the expansion of this program,” Mihalik said.