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, April 25, 2014

Sean Brewster '15 - AICUO

Name: Sean Brewster
Year: 2015
Major: Music & Business with a concentration in Fine Arts Administration and a minor in Business Administration
Hometown: Norwalk, OH
Internship: 2014-2015 Art Awards Coordinator at the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio (AICUO)
Location: Columbus, OH

Internship Responsibilities:
The Art Awards Coordinator position at AICUO is an intensive year-long internship that is teaching me the skills that are necessary to be an Arts Administrator. Through this position, I am in charge of planning the reception, coordinating the competition, obtaining grants and sponsorship awards for the program, and communicating with the executives of AICUO. This internship provides significant experience in administration, social networking, budget, grant writing, and event planning. It has also created opportunities for me to make connections throughout the Greater Columbus and Ohio arts communities.

What I learned:
I learned about the many different skills that it takes to successfully plan, organize and implement an event. In addition to these skills, I am actively refining my grant writing and sponsorship request skills. I am slowly gaining experience in using the Adobe Creative Suite; with a focus on learning the Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop programs.

Advice for the internship search:
I challenge you to CONSTANTLY be looking for internships. I am habitually perusing Cardinal Careers,, and to see if there are any internships that I may be remotely interested in. Even if I am unavailable at the current moment, I still reach out to the organization in the hopes that I can make a connection for the future. Also, do not be afraid to reach out to professionals right now and connect; these connections are what will help you to find internships later on. Another tip: cast your net wide so that you have options.

Advice for making the most of your internship experience:
Always make sure that you are putting your all into any internship experience! This is the only way that you are going to figure out whether you want to pursue this field as a career. Take every advantage to connect with professionals, organize events, and do research for the organization you are interning with. Your supervisor will notice this and be able to write a stupendous recommendation letter or recommend you to a fellow professional.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greg Moomaw '14 - Office of Admissions at Otterbein

Name: Greg Moomaw 
Class Year: 2014
Major: Sport Management with a Business Administration minor
Hometown: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Internship: Office of Admissions at Otterbein
Internship Site: Westerville, Ohio

Internship Responsibilities:
My primary and overarching responsibility as an intern for the Office of Admission here at Otterbein University was to be an ambassador for the University. I was the first contact for a lot of prospective students, and it was my ultimate duty to make a lasting and positive impression. I was in charge of planning and confirming a travel schedule for the fall and then executing it through high school visits and college fairs. I made multiple trips out of the state and to distant high schools which was a great opportunity to network and meet new people. Whilst being on the road, I also was in charge of maintaining a budget that covered expenses such as food, gas, hotel stays, and other purchases. It was my first experience managing a budget, and I was excited to learn the necessary skills. One of the other responsibilities I had was to help with our social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kaylee Cialella '15 - Delaware County EMS

Name: Kaylee Cialella
Year: 2015
Major: Allied Health
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Internship: Delaware County EMS
Location: Station 2, Sunbury, OH

Internship responsibilities: 
I am a certified EMT. On advanced runs, I observe the EMTs and the paramedics, but I can sometimes help by hooking up EKGs and assisting the paramedics on basic runs.

What I learned: 
I got to see how EMTs (step above a paramedic) deal with emergencies, because that is what I want to go into - Emergency Medicine. I learned how to be able to stay calm under pressure, and I've gained more patience. I've also learned how to be formal but caring at the same time.

Advice about searching for an internship: 
For the medical field especially, talk to your adviser and talk to their connections to find people who would be willing to train you and spend extensive hours with you. Also, talk to a student who is a year or two older than you to find out what they've done that’s helped them.

Advice about how to make the most of an internship experience: 
Ask questions because whoever you're working with will be more than willing to help you out and to talk about anything you have questions on. Also, if you see something that interests you within the field, do further research on it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Alana Gaither '15 - Nationwide Children's Hospital

Name: Alana Gaither
Class Year: 2015
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Internship Organization: Nationwide Children's Hospital, PR & Marketing Department
Location: Columbus, OH

Internship Responsibilities:
During my internship, I wrote and distributed five press releases which received coverage in print, radio, television and online media, facilitated interviews for physicians, patients and administration with local media, monitored media activity for the weekly update reports to the CEO, tracked daily incoming media requests for the media log and researched and developed a marketing plan for Cancer Awareness Month for an intern project.

What I Learned: 
It was a learning experience in itself being in a professional environment and I was ecstatic at how many responsibilities my advisers trusted me to complete. I gained a lot of confidence in my own writing skills and even with talking to professionals in the marketing, media and PR fields.