Our students study abroad and conduct field work on every continent, have access to internship experiences at any scale, contribute to leading-edge research and scholarship, and participate in service-learning that makes a difference in our communities.
Just as getting a degree consists of classes that build upon one another, moving successfully from the classroom to the workplace is also a process that requires effort and reflection.
- Take action now to build a strong resume
- Take action now to establish professional relationships with those who can serve as your references
- Reflect on how your experiences are contributing to your career development
Research, study abroad, internships, and all the forms of experiential learning detailed below offer opportunities to deepen your knowledge, explore career options and make meaningful connections with people who can support your career journey.
Internships are short-term training programs that involve participation in planned, supervised work. Because internships center upon the application of classroom knowledge to the workplace, employers typically seek those who are further along in their degree programs, most often focusing their recruitment efforts on sophomores and juniors, for their internship programs. Find out more and read what our students have to say about their internship experiences.
For a life-changing experience, you may choose from more than 100 education abroad programs. Students who participate in education abroad programs are two-times as likely to find a job within six months of graduation; receive 25 percent higher starting salaries; and 90 percent are accepted by 1st or 2nd choice graduate schools. Read what students have to say about their study abroad experiences.
Undergraduate Student Research
Undergraduate research can be conducted independently, as part of a team, in collaboration with faculty, here at the university or elsewhere. All Arts and Sciences majors are encouraged to consider how participation in research supports their career goals — research isn’t just for science majors.
Learning how to present your work is an important part of the undergraduate research experience. Future employers will view your research presentations as evidence that you have developed valuable written and oral communication skills. See what some of our students have to say about their undergraduate research projects.
Many undergraduate students who aren’t yet qualified for internships find that volunteering is an easy step they can take early in their studies at Ohio State to strengthen their resumes. And, for those students who are pursuing occupations that don’t provide direct pathways into their fields via undergraduate internships (e.g., therapists, lawyers), volunteering will allow you to work with the populations of people (e.g., children, elderly, differently abled), or in the same work sectors (e.g., nonprofit, education), that align with your career goals. With the large number of nonprofit organizations in central Ohio, it is easy for Ohio State students to find a volunteer position! (Ohio ranks 7th in the number of registered nonprofit organizations.)
There are many options for participating in service activities. You can enroll in a service learning course or participate in programs like Buck-I-SERV. Service learning combines the best of active learning and citizenship by immersing students in service projects that help the community.
There are a variety of peer mentor programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Just to list a few: psychology majors serve as peer mentors for entering majors; math majors tutor their peers at the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center; Honors students at the sophomore, junior and senior levels serve as a resource for first-year students in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
It’s no secret that Ohio State has A LOT of student organizations. Currently, there are over 1,200 registered student organizations.
A lesser known fact is the importance of leadership experience in comparison to other factors during the employment selection process. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an organization that tracks selection practices among college recruiters, leadership and the ability to work in a team are tied for the number one attribute that employers screen on after they have evaluated a candidate’s academic qualifications and related work experiences.