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Non-profit job and internship fair brings students opportunities Feb. 17

Non-profit job and internship fair brings students opportunities Feb. 17


By Alli Bates ‘16

Experiential learning and hands-on work experience are major components to an Otterbein education. In a 2015 study, USA Today College found that a student’s level of experience in the workforce ranked as one of the two most important characteristics for a job candidate by recruiters. It is important to meet those industry needs and continuously offer students resources to acquire those much needed skills.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Center for Community Engagement and Center for Career and Professional Development are welcoming students to attend the non-profit job and internship fair. This event will take place in the Campus Center from 3-5 p.m.

“The Center for Community Engagement invites our campus partners along with organizations who have attended the fair in year's past. The event is open to non-profit organizations and government agencies. There are 29 organizations that will be in attendance,” said Ashley Strausser, Associate Director/Internship Coordinator at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Otterbein will be co-hosting this fair for students who have an interest in non-profit work to learn about available internships, full-time and volunteer opportunities. The event is also a wonderful opportunity for students to speak with organizational representatives about available career paths within the non-profit sector.

“It's about creating exposure to opportunities in the non-profit sector and connecting students to potential employers,” said Strausser. “Students are encouraged to review the guidebook in advance to know which organizations they want to target at the fair.”

Students come to meet company representatives, express interest in available opportunities and promote themselves to potential employers and internship supervisors. Students are welcome to bring copies of their resume to give to organizations they are interested in. Students should dress professionally and come prepared to talk about their skills and experiences.

“This is at least the fifth year for this event. It's a wonderful partnership between the Center for Career & Professional Development and the Center for Community Engagement,” said Strausser.

Also, following this fair on the same day, the Center for Community Engagement and Center for Career and Professional Development will partner with Otterbein Association of Fundraising Professionals to host the Third Annual Non Profit Career Panel at 5:30 p.m. in the Courtright Memorial Library room 118. Representatives from four non-profits will discuss their organization’s mission and available job opportunities. Panelists will also share their personal career paths and advice.

Find more job and internship resources, including open position postings, on the Center for Career and Professional Services website.

Visit the Center for Community Engagement page for more information on how to get involved in and around campus.