Internships and Professional Experience
Internships (credit-bearing) and professional experiences (non-credit bearing) are experiential learning opportunities that help students synthesize, integrate, and apply academic knowledge in work settings and solidify career and life goals. Through internships and professional experiences learning becomes deeper, more meaningful, and ultimately more useful because students are putting theory into practice. These opportunities expose students to the reality of the work place and are integral in helping them prepare for the transition from student to professional.
Opportunities to Earn this Card
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- Students will connect theory to practice and vice versa.
- Students will adapt to dynamic situations; employ and develop a range of professional skills (such as technical, analytical, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills).
- Students will practice teamwork; demonstrate creative problem solving.
- Students will exhibit a strong work ethic and initiative; display integrity in decision making.
- Students will engage in reflection and demonstrate self-awareness; display a passion and openness for continual learning.
For more information on internship and professional experience opportunities visit the Center for Career and Professional Development webpage.
“We are fortunate to have the caliber of Otterbein University in our
backyard with talent in many professional disciplines. For the last 20
years we have hosted interns who gain hands-on experience in the
management of nonprofit and small business operations. We have also
been fortunate to convert several interns into full-time hires.”
Janet Tressler-Davis ’82
Westerville Area Chamber
“I am consistently impressed with the quality of students from
Otterbein University. They bring excellent public relations and
communications skills with them and can perform at a very high level
from day one. Otterbein
students also have the maturity and leadership ability we seek from
our interns, as they are often exposed to
mid- and senior-level executives.”