Internships are required for the Equine Business Management major, and are strongly encouraged for all other Equine Science majors. You are able to design an internship that fits your interests.
Our students have interned:
- at veterinary clinics and hospitals,
- training facilities,
- equine magazines,
- with massage therapists, and
- many other fields.
Why an Internship?
Internships are intended to give students the opportunity to experience work in their field of study, and to prepare them for life after graduation. It often gives students access to equipment and experiences that may not be available on Otterbein's campus.
The faculty of the Equine Science Department at Otterbein University strongly recommends that the students take advantage of any internship opportunity made available to them. An internship may be the contact that gets your career off the ground. Many students have found that an internship can turn into a job, even before graduation.
Student Internship Experiences
Lindsay Paulsen's Internship Incorporates Double Major
This opportunity to intern for Dressage Today has been surreal on a number of levels. For starters, the fact that I have my own desk, complete with a super trendy (but more importantly, functional) Mac computer and a phone with my own extension number makes me feel like I've reached a new level of legitimacy. Of course, I'm a long way from reaching Carrie Bradshaw status, but I am thrilled to be stepping outside of the realm of high school and university newspapers.
I am a rising junior at Otterbein, where I double major in Equine Business and Journalism. My horse, Kat, also "attends" Otterbein and we compete on the school's eventing team. I am a part of our Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team and as a requirement, I also help out at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows that Otterbein hosts. In addition to being an active member on Otterbein's equestrian teams, I am the News Editor for Otterbein's Tan and Cardinal Newspaper and due to my journalism background, I can frequently be found running around our horse shows with a Nikon D40 around my neck, jotting down notes in a Steno book.
Because I am the self-proclaimed journalism nerd of the team, our IHSA coach, Riyad Gandhy connected me with someone from Equisearch.com, which ultimately led me to write a piece for the website about a show that Otterbein hosted called The Tournament of Champions, which took place last year. Writing an article for Equisearch.com was thrilling in itself, but it also led me to this internship with Dressage Today .
The most exciting thing about this internship is that I'm seeing a whole different side to the equine magazines whose content I have hungrily devoured for years. The names that I have seen on the mastheads or read in the bylines aren't just names anymore- they are actually people, living and breathing, and working in their offices just down the hall!
Although the idea of working for Dressage Today has seemed a little unreal up until this point, I can't help but laugh at the fact that I already feel quite at home here, 611 miles away from my actual home in Savannah, GA. I'll attribute this to the fact that I'm not only surrounded by fellow equestrians, but due to my experience with the Tan and Cardinal Newspaper, I feel like I'm in familiar territory. Everyone seems to speak the same language here, as a blend of equine and journalism terms are the staples of the vocabulary!
I've spent my time here at Dressage Today reading a mass of articles that range from clever, tongue-in cheek columns about making it to the Olympics to highly technical explanations of the inner muscle fibers of a rider's body. I've also gotten practice selecting photos for some of the exercises featured in the August issue of Dressage Today , and I've had the privilege of reading a whole stack of “Ask the Expert” pieces in their more primitive forms. My favorite task that I have been assigned is updating an intern blog that I write for Dressage Today's online counterpart, Equisearch.com, where I get to describe all of the fantastic adventures I've had here in Maryland.
One of the great things about all of this is that I am basically reading the same stuff that I would read while sitting in sweatpants in my dorm, to procrastinate doing homework. This time, I'm seeing articles in their less polished versions and by reading them, I actually have a chance to make contributions to the pieces themselves.
Another exciting aspect of this internship in Maryland is that I've had the opportunity to take advantage of being stationed in prime equestrian country. My advisor and professor, Bruce Mandeville, helped to connect me with a great trainer in the area, so that I can refine my riding skills, as well as my writing skills while I am here!
The irony of this is that although I do hope to write professionally one day, I am currently struggling to find the words to express how incredibly grateful I am for this experience. I have many people to thank at Otterbein for helping me get here to the intern desk at Dressage Today , including Riyad Gandhy and my advisors, Hillary Warren and Bruce Mandeville.