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Recent Graduate Uses Internship as Springboard to Job in NYC

Bobby Moody ’16 was majoring in health promotion and fitness, now known as exercise science and health promotion, his senior year when he landed a coveted corporate fitness internship in New York City. He made the most of the opportunity, turning it into a full time job teaching fitness classes at major corporations.

“Last winter break, I was interested in working in corporate wellness and I was considering what internships I wanted to do,” Moody said. “I knew I was going to be in New York for the American Dance Festival intensive at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, so I reached out to Otterbein alumna Kristen Espinosa, who works at EmblemHealth. I asked if I could visit, tour and pick her brain.”

After speaking with Espinosa, Moody was more resolved in his career path. He applied for an internship with HealthFitness, a company that creates health management and fitness programs for employees at corporations, including EmblemHealth.

He spent spring semester interning with HealthFitness and impressed the company so much that he was offered a full-time job beginning after graduation.

“I work for HealthFitness, and they have programs at places like NBC Universal, SONY, MetLife and others. Currently, I am teaching group exercise classes at EmblemHealth, NBC Universal and MetLife,” Moody said.

According to Moody, the most challenging part of his internship-turned-job is living in New York City.

“This is my first time being fully independent, living on my own as an adult, and having to do that in such a demanding and expensive place is really terrifying,” he said.

Despite the challenges, Moody’s internship prepared him for life in the fast-paced city.

“Describing a single day is hard, because every day is very different. There isn’t too much monotony other than travel in NYC, because something is always going on, every minute of every day. There’s so much to do, it’s almost difficult to get bored or have the same day.”

After graduation, Moody and his fellow recent graduate and current roommate, Natasha Natraj ’16, are moving to Washington Heights, a northern Manhattan neighborhood that is just a short subway ride from Midtown Manhattan and Central Park. 

Moody has some advice for current Otterbein students looking for career advice and options.

“I strongly advise other students to find out what alumni are doing and reach out to them, because I probably wouldn’t have gotten this internship without the help of Kristen.”

Learn more about Otterbein’s Department of Health and Sport Sciences.