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.

ABC Studios - Burbank, California

Brianna La Croix ’18 – Social Media Marketing & Production Assistant
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Woodland Hills, California
Campus Life: Volleyball, Student Government (WCSA)
OWU Connection Experiences: Internship at ABC Studios
Brianna says: “As a tour guide from California, I would always get the asked, ‘Why would you leave California and come to Ohio?’ My answer always was it was the best decision I have ever made in my life! OWU afforded me countless opportunities such as continuing my volleyball career as a student athlete, vice presidents of clubs, and participation in countless workshops on and off campus.”

Internships

American Physical Society - Washington, D.C.

Guillo Gutierrez ’18 – Science Policy Intern
Majors: Astrophysics and Politics & Government
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
OWU Connection Experience: Research project on identifying influentials in directed networks

Change Healthcare - Nashville

Charles Kottler ’18 – Accelerated Development Program
Major: International Business
Hometown: Fairfield, Connecticut
Campus Life:
Soccer, Delta Tau Delta
OWU Connection Experiences: Internship at WebMD in New York City; semester studying entrepreneurship and international marketing in Seville, Spain.
Charlie says: “During my time at WebMD, I became fully immersed in the world of digital health and worked on a number of initiatives to utilize WebMD's consumer base in new ways.”

Internships

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati

Hallie Sinko ’18 – Care Coordinator
Majors: Health Promotion and Psychology
Hometown: Copley, Ohio
Campus Life:
Basketball and Track & Field
OWU Connection Experiences: Summer in Italy studying the Mediterranean diet; working with United Way to start and teach a Cooking Matters children's cooking class; summer work at Cleveland Clinic as a patient service representative and physical therapy and care management intern
Hallie says:
“Through The OWU Connection I've been fortunate enough to build my professional resume through unique experiences in areas that I'm passionate about.”

Cooking Matters

Columbus & Franklin County Metroparks

Maddy Coalmer ’18 – Park Ranger
Major: Geography
Hometown: Canfield, Ohio
OWU Connection Experiences:
Connection grants to study the environmental impact of tourism in Iceland and to present her findings at the Association of American Geographers national conference in New Orleans; Travel-Learning course to study environmental impacts in Costa Rica.
Maddy says: “Field work, ethnographic research, research papers and projects, and interviewing methods have all prepared me for my job as a park ranger, as well as a future graduate student. Not only has OWU provided me with a greater understanding of the world and academia, yet it has also provided a place that I like to call home.”

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Culver Academies - Culver, Indiana

Meaghan Teitelman ’18 – French Teaching Fellow
Hometown: Concord, Massachusetts
Majors:
French and Sociology/Anthropology
Campus Life: Track & Field, Lacrosse, Residential Life, Kappa Alpha Theta, Leadership Fellow, Merrick
OWU Connection Experiences: Four Connection Grants to study in France and Peru; semester abroad at Institut d’Avignon; Travel-Learning course on French literature; teaching internship at Northfield Mount Hermon
Meaghan says: “I would not be the person I am today without the OWU Connection experiences I've had. The travel experiences I've been granted have made me more well-rounded, given me real-world experiences, furthered my language abilities, and provided me with important cultural perspectives.”

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu - Cincinnati

Caitlin Maggio ’18 – Tax Accountant
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Campus Life:
Soccer
OWU Connection Experiences:
Connection grant to study international accounting standards in Australia and New Zealand; Accounting Fellows Program
Caitlin says: “The Theory-to-Practice Grant is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The academic knowledge I acquired, the chance I got to look at accounting and tax across the world helped me not only put my studies into practice, but helped shape me as an individual at a personal and professional level.”

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Delta Gamma Fraternity (national) - Columbus

Alanna Henderson ’18 – Collegiate Development Consultant
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio
Campus Life:
Delta Gamma, Journalism & Communications Student Board, President's Club, The Transcript
OWU Connection Experiences: New York Arts Program internships working on film production; Connection Grant to attend Film Festival to see premiere of film she worked on; Travel-Learning course in France
Alanna says: “Studying in New York City has been the most rewarding experience. I was able to take what I've learned in the classroom and apply it to my internships, and I've been able to learn more about production and the film industry.  The OWU Connection has helped me understand the career path I want to pursue and meet several people who have helped me along the way.”

New York Arts Program

Facebook - Menlo Park, California

Lan Nguyen ’18 – Software Engineer
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
OWU Connection Experiences: Software Engineer internships  two summers at Facebook; departmental honors research project
Lan says: “I took many advanced CS courses, and they prepared me well for my work as an intern. I just finished my departmental honors research project, and I am sure it will follow me to the rest of my career.”

Internships

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Jake Kleinhenz ’18 – Credit Analyst
Major: Management Economics
Hometown: Columbia Station, Ohio
Campus Life:
Football, Economic Management Fellows Student Board
OWU Connection Experience: Three internships: Credit Risk Management Intern for the Cleveland Federal Reserve; Accounting & Finance Intern at Stride Tool LLC in Glenwillow, Ohio; Marketing & Event Planning Intern for The Woltemade Center of the OWU Economics Department.
Jake says: “My OWU experience has most definitely prepared me for the next step in my career.”

Internships

GovLoop - Washington, D.C.

Courtney Carmichael ’18 – Event Fellow
Major: Politics & Government
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Campus Life:
Sisters United, President’s Club, Black Student Union, Women’s Resource Center intern, Senior Class Council
OWU Connection Experience: Internships at Columbia University and Brown University; domestic exchange at Spelman College in Atlanta
Courtney says: “During my time at Ohio Wesleyan University, I have learned how to be an advocate for myself and how to advocate for others. Participating in workshops on-campus, such as the OWU Summit, as well as planning trips to conferences off-campus, namely the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference, have allowed me to better prepare for life beyond the classroom.”

Internships

Greif - Delaware, Ohio

David Robinett ’18 – Financial Analyst
Major: Finance Economics
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Campus Life:
Men's soccer, President's Club
OWU Connection Experiences: Internship at Greif; Internship at venture capital firm The Walnut Group in Cincinnati; Internship at Soccer Village in Cincinnati
David says: "From observing exemplary leadership within my team at Greif, Inc., during my summer internship, I’ve been inspired to develop my leadership style through further involvement in my organizations on OWU's campus."

Internships

Honda of America - Marysville, Ohio

Erin Cannon ’18 – Corporate Control Accountant
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Avon, Ohio
Campus Life: Volleyball
OWU Connection Experiences:
Connection grant to study international accounting standards in Australia and New Zealand; internship at NiSource, Inc.
Erin says: “My OWU Connection Australia/New Zealand trip taught me a lot about different cultures in a business setting. This trip has been a huge part in preparing me for my current job. With Honda being a Japanese company, some things are done in ways that you wouldn’t see in a typical U.S. business setting. Being exposed to Australian/New Zealand business culture has allowed me to absorb the differences at Honda. In addition, I’m able to take what I learned in Australia and New Zealand and integrate it into my job at Honda.”

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Jackson National Life Distributors - Franklin, Tennessee

Phoebe Bush ’18 – Career Development Program Associate
Major: Management Economics
Hometown: Poland, Ohio
Campus Life:
Delta Delta Delta sorority, Panhellenic Council, orientation leader
OWU Connection Experiences: Internship at Skylight Financial Group in Dublin, Ohio; Economic Department grant to work with Human Connections in Mexico
Phoebe says: “Ohio Wesleyan has helped qualify me for opportunities I never thought would be possible for me four years ago because of the connections and mentors I was introduced to during my time here.”

Blaine E. Grimes Grant Program

KIPP Academy – Lynn, Massachusetts

Laura Benson ’18 – Teaching Fellow
Major: Politics & Government
Hometown: Weston, Massachusetts
Campus Life:
Women’s Lacrosse, President’s Club
OWU Connection Experiences:
Internship at international school in Boston; travel-learning course to study social movements in Argentina; research project with Prof. Paul Dean presented at Student Symposium
Laura says: “My research project helped set me up for not only a stronger academic future but also in my career. I am now confident and well-versed in how to do in-depth research and present it to a wide audience. These skills helped me to present myself and the research I had done about KIPP to my interviewers to land my first job.”

Research & Independent Study

Makena Capital Management - Menlo Park, California

Trey Olsen ’18 – Investment Analyst
Major: Finance Economics
Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
Campus Life:
Men’s soccer, Phi Gamma Delta
OWU Connection Experience: Internship at Makena Capital Management
Trey says: “My summer learning experiences were more of an extension of my classroom learning that took place at OWU. My finance and economics knowledge provided a background for me to learn more specific and practical aspects more easily while on the job.”

Internships

National Republican Senatorial Committee - Washington, D.C.

Tom Dolan ’18 – Staff Assistant
Major: Politics & Government
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Campus Life:
Student government, Alpha Sigma Phi, tennis
OWU Connection Experience: Wesleyan in Washington internship with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner; summer internships with U.S. House of Representatives and Ohio Republican Party
Tom says: “I take the ‘theory to practice’ saying seriously and believe that I have been able to implement what I’ve learned in the classroom into the real world.”

Wesleyan in Washington Program

Ohio Wesleyan University -

Catie Kocian ’18 – Assistant Director of Young Alumni and Student Engagement
Major: Music
Hometown: Pittsford, New York
Campus Life:
Campus Programming Board, Kappa Alpha Theta, OWU Radio
OWU Connection Experiences: Connection Grants to attend opera workshop and to study waste management from a cultural perspective in Taiwan; Travel-Learning chamber choir course to Italy
Catie says: “My OWU experience gave me leadership abilities and fire to continue learning as a lifelong pursuit. I will take the skills and passions I gained from my time working in many areas of Ohio Wesleyan with me for the rest of my career.”

Internships

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Ohio Wildlife Center

Karis Lowrie ’18 – Education Staff Member
Majors: Zoology and Classics
Hometown: Oregonia, Ohio
OWU Connection Experiences:
Internships at the Columbus Zoo and working in animal rehabilitation at the Ohio Wildlife Center; receiving the Herbst Prize grant (Classics) to travel to Rome, Florence, and Pompeii
Karis says: “The Wildlife Center offered me the opportunity to turn theory into practice as I utilized the content from my classes in real-world animal behavior situations.”

Internships

Red Capital Group - Columbus

Sam Van Dyke ’18 – Assistant Auditor
Major: Finance Economics
Hometown: Bellville, Ohio
OWU Connection Experiences:
Internships at Red Capital Group, Delaware County Board of Commissioners, and Hastings Water Works.
Sam says: “My internships throughout my time at Ohio Wesleyan provided me with a solid foundation for success in the real world. My last internship at Red Capital Group eventually turned into a full-time offer.”

Internships

Tandana Foundation - Otavalo, Ecuador

Ellen Sizer ’18 – Environmental and Horticulture Intern
Major: Geology
Hometown: Mariemont, Ohio
Campus Life:
Vegetarian Club, Sustainability Task Force, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Peace and Justice House, Leadership Fellow
OWU Connection Experiences: Connection grant to study environmental conservation in  Chile; Connection grant to present human geography research in New Orleans; Travel-Learning Course to Mexico; internship at Vegan Outreach
Ellen says: “I am able to connect my traveling with my passions with interconnected relationships on a global scale. Interacting with people within a community and the environment are two of the most important interdisciplinary skills/experiences that I've gained through The OWU Connection.”

Theory-to-Practice Grants

Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF) - Metz, France

Sarah Kennedy ’18 – Language Assistant
Majors: International Studies and French
Hometown: Webster, New York
Campus Life:
French Club, OWtsiders A Cappella, university orchestra
OWU Connection Experiences: Semesters in Paris and Brussels; internship in the European Parliament in Brussels; Connection grant to do interviews in Washington, D.C., for an independent research project; Interfaith Service Trips to Nicaragua and Cuba.
Sarah says: “My OWU Connection experience really allowed me to live the things I study and understand that my passions are things that it is possible to follow. TAPIF is a common program for American French speakers with a lot of experience abroad. I never would have found it, nor have been qualified for it, had I not had the ability to spend a full year in French-speaking locations.”

Study Abroad

Weber Shandwick Public Relations - Chicago

Isabel Cherry ’18 – Project Management
Major: Sociology/Anthropology and Women's & Gender Studies
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Campus Life:
Lacrosse
OWU Connection Experiences:
Internship in South Africa helping students with math and English skills; special-events internship with OWU Advancement

Internships