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.  


Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean holding an officer position in a student organization. Leading an event (e.g., fundraiser) or holding a crew leader role at your place of employment can also count toward the type of leadership experiences sought by college recruiters. 

Much can be gained by holding leadership positions, including achieving a sense of accomplishment for the contributions you make to an organization or in the workplace.

Skills you can gain

Depending upon the level of the leadership position you hold, you can gain the skills needed to motivate others, manage a project from beginning to end, coach others on performance improvement, evaluate a budget and delegate effectively.

Starting your search

The best place to start your search is the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership & Service.