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Ottership LogoThe Ottership Job Shadow Program is designed to provide Otterbein students with an opportunity to gain in-depth exposure to an industry or occupation of interest. Site hosts plan a unique, half-day shadowing experience that introduces students to their profession and allows them to see how the theories and skills learned in the classroom are applied to the world of work.  

Program Details for Students

Ottership Orientations (mandatory to attend one of the sessions)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Chapel
Friday, Oct. 7, 11:00 a.m. Noon, Chapel
(If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please email rbrechbill@otterbein.edu)

Ottership Job Shadow Day, Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Central Ohio

  • 11:00am-1:00pm: Lunch (on your own) & Travel to Shadow Site
  • 1:00pm-4:30pm: On-site Job Shadow
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm: Dinner & Debrief (on-campus)

Student Information 

Before submitting your application, please review the Ottership Program Outline for students so that you are aware of important dates, program expectations and learning outcomes. All students MUST have their own transportation.

How to Apply: 

Complete the Ottership Application Form and email your resume to career@otterbein.edu by Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Please note: Space is limited to 35 students; therefore,the essay portion of the application is highly important. Please take time to consider how participating in the Ottership Program will benefit you and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your answers should be reflective and will weigh heavily on the selection process. 

Site Host Information 

Please review the Ottership Program Outline for Site Hosts so that you are aware of important dates and expectations

If you are willing to serve as a site host, please complete the Ottership Host Interest Form by Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Matches are not guaranteed and depend upon the interests of the students that apply.

  • Trevor McDonald '17 (Public Relations & Health Communication) shadowed at The Ohio State University-Office of the CIO with Randi Honkonen, '10
  • Kirstyn Federer '15 (Human Resources) shadowed at MPW with her site host, Tyler Tatman, '09
  • Kayla Bean '16 (English, Literary Studies) shadowed at LifeBio, Inc. with her site host, Beth Sanders, '91

Participant Feedback 

Post-Ottership evaluations indicated  that one of the most striking participation benefits was the increase in student’s confidence with respect to their career paths.  Pre-Ottership, 45.9% of students ranked their confidence in their career path as “Confident” or “Very Confident”.  After participating in Ottership, 83.4% of students were either confident or very confident in their career path.  Additionally,95.8% of students felt that the Ottership program was a worthwhile program. 

“This program made me realize the path I needed to be on to reach my goals in life. I also had the opportunity to meet some people who would are valuable contacts if I need advice or help. Because of this experience, I can say I am confident in my career choice and even more sure of the right path to take.” –Allied Health major

“The Ottership Program helped me discover a path I may be interested in taking. Without this experience I don’t think I would have ever realized I could do both of my interests instead of having to pick one over the other. I can positively say that I will use the connections I made to better my future learning experiences and to help build my resume.”- Athletic Training major

“The Ottership Program was a great way for me to learn about an aspect of business that I had no previous knowledge about.  It allowed for me to see what a work environment is like, specifically at an insurance agency.  I gained a lot of knowledge though meeting many people and asking a lot of questions.  Overall it was a great experience that helped me learn a lot.” -Accounting major

“The Ottership program was valuable for me because of the ideas I gained of what I could do with my major. The Otterbein alum I shadowed gave me good advice concerning where I could take my major and how to form it in an area of interest.”  -English major

“I believe it is a great way for students to see what they could be doing for a living. There are many different paths to go with any major, and this gives you a sense of maybe something you didn't know you could do.” -Global Studies & Public Relations double major

“Experiencing the work environment first-hand allowed me to picture myself there and see if it was a good fit.” -Undeclared

/ Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development is located on the corner of Grove and Home streets near the center of campus behind "The Rock."

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours
M-F: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ryan Brechbill, Director
e/ rbrechbill@otterbein.edu

Taylor Sutton, Assistant Director
e/ tsutton@otterbein.edu

Molly Scharping, Career Advisor
e/ mscharping@otterbein.edu

Sara Yinger, Administrative Assistant
e/ syinger@otterbein.edu

p/ 614.823.1456
f/ 614.823.3052

Center for Career & Professional Development
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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