Internships & Careers in Business, Accounting, & Economics

Otterbein’s perfect location and close proximity to Columbus, Ohio, provides a terrific opportunity for students in the Business, Accounting, and Economics Program. Multinational and Fortune 500 companies send representatives to serve as guest speakers, on career panels, and act as course clients.

Huntington Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, and Abercrombie & Fitch are just a few of the companies who have sent employees to serve in these capacities. Small companies and non-profit organizations also participate in the department’s courses and interact with its students.

In turn, students find a wealth of opportunities for paid internships, giving them an opportunity to apply their new business knowledge in a corporate setting. Students have interned with companies such as Worthington Industries, Pusateri, J.P. Morgan Chase, Nicolas & Co., CPA, UBS Financial Service, Steve Madden, Décor & You, Deloitte & Touche, Fifth Third Bank, Honda R&D Americas Inc., Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Department of Commerce, The Columbus Zoo, and Volvo Group North America, Inc.

For a complete list of companies that offer internships to Otterbein BAE students please contact Allison de Nijs 614-823-1310, Academic Administrative Assistant for the department.

Otterbein’s perfect location means that many of the industry-leading companies where our students find internships are also very close to campus.

Some of our graduates got started on their careers through positions they held as interns. Others find that just having experience makes them more confident in their job search and interviews.

National and international opportunities for internships are available as well. Some organizations who employ Otterbein interns include Battelle, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Fifth Third Bank, National City, Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Department of Transportation, The Department of Defense, Worthington Industries, and Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

According to the Bureaus of Labor Statistics, projected growth of jobs from 2016 to 2026 will be in the following ranges (by occupations):

  • Accountants and Auditors 10%
  • Administrative Service Managers (General Management) 10%
  • Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers: 10%
  • Economists 6%
  • Financial Analysts 11%
  • Human Resources 9.1%
  • Labor Relations Specialists 8%
  • Management Analysts (Consulting) 14%
  • Marketing Research Analysts 23%
  • Operations Research Analysts 27%
  • Personal Financial Advisors 15%
  • Public Relations 9%
  • Sales Managers 7%
  • Training & Development Specialists 11%
  • Wholesale & Manufacturing Sales Representatives 5%
  • Securities & Commodities and Financial Services Sales Representatives 6%

*Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and updated April, 2018.

My advice to new business students is to get your foot in the door early to discover the right fit for you. Even if it doesn’t work out, the experience of being in a professional environment is always valuable…

Andrew Watson '14