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A Columbus State student got worldwide experience after landing a world-class internship.
Jeffrey Tsai finished up his Business Management degree at Columbus State by being accepted into the ultra-competitive Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP). He was the only community college student accepted, and he worked alongside MBA and bachelor degree-seeking students from other state universities.
“The internship gave me a lot of confidence,” says Tsai, who graduated in August with an associate degree in supply chain management. “It also gave me an inside look at a company where logistics was a key part of the operation.”
Tsai was paired with Hague Quality Water International, a water softener manufacturer located just south of Columbus in Groveport. Each participating company pays the interns $15 an hour, which is reimbursed by the state. During his internship at Hague, Tsai provided strong support for the company’s existing international markets.
“Jeffrey took on a difficult task of communicating with distributors in Germany,” says Shelia White, International Sales Manager for Hague. “We had been trying to get a product certified in Germany and were having a tough time. Jeffrey was able complete part of that complex process. He also helped prepare products for shipment to China, communicated daily with an office in France and helped streamline and condense owners’ manuals written in several languages.”
“He’s an excellent communicator and excelled in the classroom,” said Lee Blyth, a Logistics professor who recommended Tsai to the program. “The fact that he was chosen during the very selective process shows the quality of students we have at the college.”
The OEIP is a unique partnership among the Fisher College of Business/Center for International Business Education and Research at The Ohio State University, Youngstown State University and the State of Ohio Development Services Agency. Students attend an intense 12-week course at Ohio State or Youngstown State that prepares them to hit the ground running when they're matched with a full-time summer internship at an Ohio business.
Tsai says the classroom component of OEIP was vital. “The class projects, combined with professional speakers connected to logistics, helped prepare us for our various internships.”
His Spanish classes in high school and Chinese classes at Columbus State also came in handy on numerous occasions.
Tsai received college credits for his internship and it helped him land a job. He’s now working full-time at XPO Logistics in Dublin as a logistics coordinator. His job includes tracking trucks, drivers, and packages.