Through this blog, we will spotlight Otterbein students who are engaging in internships and professional experiences in a variety of industries and geographic locations. We will also share tips and advice on searching for internships and making the most of internship experiences.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Haley Young '14 - Denison University

Name: Haley Young (pictured front row on left)
Year: 2014
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Loudonville, Ohio
Internship Organization: Denison University, First-Year Programs, June-O (June Orientation)
Location: Granville, Ohio

Internship Responsibilities:
My internship in Denison University's First-Year Programs office is something I will never forget. I was given the opportunity to intern at a small, liberal arts institution like Otterbein, during Denison's June Orientation sessions. This allowed for me to interact with Denison faculty, staff, student leaders, new students and parents. This new learning experience let me see orientation through a different lens. The was very important for me to witness first-hand as I have only ever been familiar with how Otterbein presents orientation to new students. Through this experience, I researched liberal arts colleges, updated orientation related handouts, edited orientation schedules, assisted the office staff, participated in June-O staff training, shadowed a student leader and my supervisor during an orientation session, helped with morning check-ins, and filled in other areas when needed. I learned to be very flexible during my time at Denison, as I was the first to intern in Denison's First-Year programs office as a non-Denison student.

What I learned:
The June-O staffs were very welcoming and supportive of me being there. I never once felt excluded because I was not a Denison student and that is what made my experience so great. Even though I was only at Denison for a month, this college will always have a special place in my heart. The friendships I made and the experiences I had were very valuable. My time at Denison has made me more excited for what lies ahead in the future, and I can't wait to be a Student Affairs professional very soon!

Chelsea Gilman '14 - Columbus Clippers

Name: Chelsea Gilman
Class Year: 2014
Major: Sport Management
Hometown: Milford, OH
Internship Organization: Columbus Clippers
Location: Columbus, OH

Internship Responsibilities:
I was a Front Office intern for the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. My responsibilities include a wide variety of tasks, some of which include ticket sale processing, sponsorship activation, group outing organization, on field promotions, policy enforcement, crowd control, etc. I had the opportunity to sharpen many necessary skills for success during my time with the Clippers such as problem solving, delegation, customer service, collaboration, leadership, and organization. In the pre-season, I assisted with the assembly of season ticket holder packages. These included all tickets and promotional information for the entire season, as well as advertisements from our sponsors and a token of our gratitude. As the season began, we were assigned to different areas of the ballpark to assist with large party check-ins, answer customer questions, enforce policies, and offer our service for any needs of the full time staff members in our area. Each home stand we rotated to a new location, performing new tasks and interacting with different staff members. The rotations included guest services, the merchandise store, all entrance and exit gates, the club patio, the promotions team, the Tansky VIP table, the ticket office, kids club birthday parties, and media relations.

What I Learned:
Through my experiences, I have learned all about what happens behind the scenes in order for even the small aspects of a sporting event to take place. Much more detail than I ever imagined goes into assuring all processes will run smoothly. No matter how small a task may seem, it is crucial that it is performed effectively and efficiently to assist fellow team members. Overall my experience was extremely worthwhile, allowing me to access many different departments and find that my passion lies within marketing and promotions for a minor or major league baseball team.

Jonathan Hill '15 - BalletMet

Name: Jonathan Hill
Class Year: 2015
Major: B.A. Music & Business
Hometown: Wadsworth, OH
Internship Organizations: BalletMet
Location: Columbus, OH

Internship Responsibilities:
During my internship with BalletMet, I created press releases for Dracula, Romeo & Juliet, Young BalletMet, and The Rite of Spring. I Updated Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the company. I also wrote several articles for mass emails and mailings. I assisted with design work using Photoshop and InDesign, used The Raiser’s Edge for data entry, and sent mass emails using iContact Email Marketing Services. I coordinated and provided marketing support by attending events and assisting patrons, collaborated on the social media marketing campaign and calendar and created direct marketing packets sent to patrons and subscribers to increase sales for the upcoming season. I assisted with marketing research for the season and performed other administrative duties in the Marketing and Communications Department. Finally, I coordinated all volunteers and appearance requests for BalletMet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theater. 


Welcome to Otterbein’s internship blog! We are so excited to utilize this site as a place to share the amazing things that Otterbein students are doing and learning through their internship experiences. We truly believe in the transformative power that internships hold. They can help inform career decisions and expose students to professional work environments. Internships can also help students confirm their career direction and expand their professional network. There are so many benefits that come with completing an internship, but we believe that one of the greatest things internships offer is the opportunity to develop your professional skill set through hands-on work, thus helping Otterbein students “prepare to soar” in their future careers.

We will utilize this blog to highlight students’ internship experiences, profile unique opportunities, and share internship tips and advice. We plan to feature students of all majors, class years and interests along with employers from a variety of industries. We hope that our readers are inspired by the stories we post and that Otterbein students continue to share their internships and professional experiences (non-credit bearing internships) with us by completing our Internship & Professional Experience Reporting Form.

If you are interested in completing an internship or would like to speak to a staff member in the Center for Career & Professional Development about your internship search, feel free to make an appointment. We look forward to working with you as you “prepare to soar.”


The CCPD Staff