Story by Adam Piccin '16, public relations major
Otterbein University and the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) understand that one of the most important ways to learn is through hands-on experience and are committed to helping students secure internships. Recently, the CCPD recognized Otterbein student interns and gave them the opportunity to share their experiences with their peers at a Peer-to-Peer Internship Fair.
Twenty-seven students, representing 17 different majors and 32 different employers/organizations hosted tables at the event.
“The purpose of the Peer-to-Peer Internship Fair was to raise awareness about the variety of internship opportunities that are available to Otterbein students,” CCPD Internship Coordinator Ashley Strausser said.
Matthew Quinn, a junior marketing major, said the fair was helpful and encouraging.
“My peers made conversations about internships much easier and much more relatable,” he said. “I think the main message I got was to hustle hard and stay on top of things. No matter how intimidated you are, the opportunity of being in a professional environment will benefit you so much more in the long run.”
The event also served as the perfect opportunity for the CCPD to recognize this year’s outstanding intern, internship supporter and supervisor.
The Outstanding Intern Award went to senior psychology major Amanda Zamary, who interned with the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Science (SREBCS) at the University of South Carolina.
“I was elated and pleasantly surprised when I found out I won the award,” Zamary said. “I didn't need someone to tell me that I did well at my internship, but hearing all of the flattering comments about me and my performance, and receiving recognition was inspiring and helped confirm that I am going into the right field.”
Communication Professor Dan Steinberg won Outstanding Faculty Internship Supporter, and Otterbein Athletic Trainer Joseph Wilkins won Outstanding Internship Supervisor.
The CCPD also hosted an Internship Photo Contest and announced the winners at the fair. Senior, broadcasting major Cathryn Clark, who interned with Out N’ About Columbus, took first place with a photo of herself with a giraffe while out and about at her internship (at right).
“I was not expecting to win,” Clark said. “I had debated between a variety of pictures before I submitted the final three, and I'm glad I choose the three I did.”
Second place went to senior, sports management major Chelsea Gilman, who interned with the Columbus Clippers and submitted a photo of herself inside the stadium (above).
According to the CCPD and attendees, the Peer-to-Peer Internship Fair was a success.
“The feedback from attendees was very positive,” Strausser said. “They appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from their peers. This will definitely become an annual event.” Learn more about the CCPD here