The OWU Connection provides the ideal mix of broad knowledge, critical-thinking skills, and practical experience to prepare you for your first job and a successful career.

Battelle – Columbus

Ben Farynowski ’17 – Financial Analyst
Major: Finance Economics
Ben says: “The trip to New York City after freshman year to meet with successful OWU alumni was an amazing learning experience. It was on that trip I decided on majoring in Finance Economics.”
OWU Connection Experience: Economic Management Fellows Program, with trip to New York City.

Economic Management Fellows Program

Brukner Nature Center – Troy, Ohio

Kelly Summers ’17 – Six-Month Intern
Major: Zoology
Kelly says:I am extremely excited to face the next chapter of my life. I feel truly prepared thanks to the knowledge gained and incredible opportunities I have experienced at OWU.
OWU Connection Experience: Attending the Animal Behavior Conference at Indiana University and exploring the impact of handling stress on their physiology and behavior in a social setting.

The Small Grant Program

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) – Madrid, Spain

Natalie Wynne ’17 – English Teacher
Majors: Spanish and Health & Human Kinetics
Natalie says: “In Salamanca, I matured as an individual and grew a newfound appreciation for traveling and different cultures. Excited is an understatement when I think about my future, and a thank you isn’t enough to this university.”
OWU Connection Experience: Study Abroad in Salamanca

Salamanca Program

Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – Western Australia

Maddie Presley-Wolff ’17 – Wildlife Rehabilitation
Majors: Zoology and Dance
Maddie says: “I love working with animals and helping them in any way that I possibly can.”
OWU Connection Experience: Marine Biology and Mathematical Modeling Travel-Learning Course in U.S. Virgin Islands

Travel-Learning Courses

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute – New York City

Gabriel Caldwell ’17 – Assistant Technical Director
Major: Theatre
Gabriel says: “OWU and the Theatre & Dance Department never pigeon-holed me. I’ve built sets, I’ve designed lights, I’ve written plays, I’ve directed, I’ve acted. I know my industry, inside and out, and now that I have the opportunity to work in it professionally, I find myself more than prepared.”
OWU Connection Experience: New York Arts Program

New York Arts Program

Mount Carmel Health – Columbus

Ifa Abduljelil ’17 – Technician
Major: Zoology
Ifa says: “Going into Mount Carmel, I feel very confident. I will be applying to medical schools for the 2018 cycle year, and it’s a great way to stay in the medical field, gaining patient care experience.”
OWU Connection Experience: Summer Science Research Program with Dr. Lance and an internship in the Emergency Department of Grady Memorial Hospital

Summer Science Research Program

Ohio Auditor of State – Canton, Ohio

JT Knoble ’17 – Assistant Auditor
Major: Accounting
JT says: “I was able to spend a week with two other students and a professor in Ireland studying Irish GAAP. Not only was I able to learn more about accounting in Ireland but also explore a beautiful country.”
OWU Connection Experience: Theory-to-Practice Grant to study at Ireland’s Financial Reporting Council

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Teach for America – Cleveland

Lee LeBoeuf ’17 – Teacher
Major: Psychology
Lee says: “I’m looking forward to using what I learned at OWU to impact the lives of children in a positive way. Teach for America is an incredible program, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to grow while fighting education inequality in Cleveland.”
OWU Connection Experience: Travel-Learning organic chemistry course in Germany

Travel-Learning Courses

United States Army

Ashley Tims ’17 – Air Defense Artillery Officer
Majors: Zoology and Environmental Science
Ashley says: “Giving back to the nation I love and protecting the people I love is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
OWU Connection Experience: Biology of East Africa course in Tanzania.

Travel-Learning Courses