It’s Easy to Make the Cardinal Connection! Tips for Creating an Internship 1. Review Otterbein’s Employer Internship Guide at www.otterbein.edu/employer. 2. Develop a list of substantive tasks and projects an intern could assume. 3. Gain approval from management to develop an internship program. 4. Allocate human and financial resources. (If there is no funding to pay an intern, make sure the internship meets the criteria established by the DOL/FLSA for unpaid internships.) 5. Determine who will supervise and mentor the intern. 6. Develop a formal internship description. 7. Consult with Otterbein’s CCPD to post the internship and develop a hiring timeline. 8. Review applications, interview candidates and select intern. 9. On-board the intern; provide orientation and on-going training and feedback. 10. Share your Otterbein stories and enjoy mentoring the next Cardinal generation! To get started on setting up your own internship for a talented Otterbein student, call Otterbein’s Center for Career and Professional Development at 614-823-1522 or email Ashley Strausser at firstname.lastname@example.org. College Days, Reconsidered About 75% of all college graduates say taking at least one of the steps below would have enhanced their chances to land their ideal job. Leading the should-have-done list: gettting more work experience while still in school. getting more work experience: 50% studying harder: 38% looking for work sooner: 30% picking a different major: 29% Pew Research: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College, February 2013 18 | O t t e r b e i n To w e r s | Early Summer 2014 started working full-time in the front office of Minor League Baseball’s Columbus Clippers in January after serving an internship with the team last year. Gilman credits her professors with helping her develop the sort of creative thinking the Clippers look for in frontoffice personnel. She also has high praise for the resume and cover letter advice provided by Brechbill and Strausser, saying it helped her stand out among 450 applicants for the Clippers internship. The team hired 14. Otterbein interns always delivered for the communications department at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, says Dan Orzano, who managed the program during his 13-year stay with the insurer. He hired 11 interns from Otterbein during that period to pitch in on communications, web and design projects. He found them to have the writing and design skills needed by the department, as well as being well-prepared for the profession by the University’s faculty. “They all were great,” Orzano says. “I can’t think of one who wasn’t.” He is convinced that landing an internship is critical for students serious about getting a job in their chosen profession. Good grades and classroom experiences are important, he says, but the hands-on experience gained during an internship gives students an extra edge in their job searches. Alumni can play a key role in helping Otterbein students benefit from such on-the-job experiences, say Brechbill and Strausser. One of their responsibilities is getting alumni involved with the University’s career development efforts, including internships at their places of employment. As part of that effort, Otterbein administrators, starting with President Kathy Krendl, and faculty members regularly mention the need for internships when talking with alumni. Chelsea Gilman ’14 at Huntington Park, where she served two internships for the Columbus Clippers.