2017-18 Legacy Internship Positions

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Admission

Legacy Intern

Supervisor: Rachel Branning
Email: rmbranni@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This internship will connect legacy students with prospective legacies, as well as current alumni parents, and alumni willing to help with various admission events.

Examples of assignments:

  • Writing letters to prospective legacy students.
  • Coordinating alumni fair coverage.
  • Maintaining legacy database.
  • Calling prospective legacy students.
  • Working at college fairs and events on campus.

Required skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Organization skills
  • The ability to multitask
  • Our students are generally very outgoing and willing to talk to prospective families about the University.

Career applications:

This internship provides our students with a general understanding of how an office works. Additionally, students gain knowledge in professional letter writing, strong oral communication skills, presentation skills and professional office behavior. Admission work is very similar to sales; we are in a way selling the institution. Students will gain an understanding of how sales works, and what strategic enrollment management is.


Alumni Relations

Regional Chapter Intern

Supervisor: Ed Lenane
Email: ewlenane@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This position will assist the Alumni Relations Office with the development and support of OWU’s regional alumni/parent chapters, regional events, BishopBox initiative and programs, and the development and implementation of a communication plan with regional volunteers.

Examples of assignments:

  • Create and update regional webpages and Facebook groups
  • Assist in the creation of invites (print & electronic) for regional events
  • Manage "BishopBox" requests

Required skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, database experience desired
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

Career applications:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Alumni Relations / University Advancement
  • Volunteer Relations
  • Program Coordination / Event Planning
  • Social Media / Website

Signature Events Intern

Supervisor: Patty Newby
Email: ewlenane@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This position will work to assist the Alumni Relations Office in the planning, implementation, and assessment of our signature events. This will include (but not limited to) Homecoming/Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, Regional Holiday Events, and Campaign kick-off/175th Anniversary.

Examples of assignments:

  • Homecoming/ Family Weekend
  • Reunion Weekend
  • Regional Holiday Event
  • Campaign kick-off/175th Anniversary

Required skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong proof-reading and editing skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, database experience desired.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

Career applications:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Alumni Relations / University Advancement
  • Volunteer Relations
  • Program Coordination / Event Planning

Social Media and Communications Intern

Supervisor: Ed Lenane
Email: ewlenane@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This position will assist the Alumni Relations Office with the implementation of our communication and marketing plan.  This will include use of Social Media, electronic and print newsletters, event invitations and follow up and website updating.  In addition this position will work with members of the University Communications Department and other University Departments to collaborate and coordinate messaging.

Examples of assignments:

  • Creating content and posting to Alumni Relations platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Assisting with content development of Alumni Newsletters and other communications.

Required skills:

  • Experience/knowledge with social media platforms –  Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Web site experience – creating/updating, knowledge of BigTree CMS desired
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong proof-reading and editing skills
  • Photography experience desired
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

Career applications:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Alumni Relations / University Advancement
  • Volunteer Relations
  • Program Coordination / Event Planning
  • Social Media – content development
  • Website – content development, creation of new pages and updating of pages

Athletics

Statistical Analysis – Technical Coordinator for Volleyball Team

Supervisor: Kirsta Cobb
Email: ktcobb@owu.edu
Term: Fall semester

Description: The intern will be responsible for recording volleyball statistics during practices and utilizing statistical software to create readable data. The coaches will use this data to analyze and make coaching decisions. There will be some freedom in the method of recording stats and creating readable data.

Examples of assignments:

  • An example of statistics that we would use would be to record each volleyball attack in practice, by person, the type of set that was attacked, who set the ball, and the result of each attack.
  • Another example would be to record each serve in practice, by person and result.

Required skills:

  • Volleyball language and some knowledge of the game.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Desire to find answers and knowledge from statistical data.
  • Some creativity in the ability to create, record, and get information from statistical data.

Career applications:

  • Sports statistical analysis and sport technical advising positions.

Donor Relations and Stewardship

Stewardship Legacy Intern

Supervisor: Natalie Doan
Email: nmdoan@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The Intern would work primarily with the Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship. The Donor Relations office works to properly recognize our alumni and friends who have supported Ohio Wesleyan through their philanthropy. Donors help provide Ohio Wesleyan students with many opportunities including scholarships, financial aid, OWU Connection experiences, internships, research opportunities, etc.

This intern would interact frequently with University officials including the President's Office, Communications/Marketing, Athletics, Buildings & Grounds, Alumni Relations, Duplicating, and more.

Examples of assignments:

  • Donor Stewardship: preparing personalized reports for donors; proofing/editing Annual Report of Donors and individual endowment reports; scheduling campus visits for alumni, donors, and friends of the University; draft donor communications such as newsletters and thank you letters
  • Event Management: assist with building dedications; President's Circle events; Homecoming Weekend events
  • Program Management: coordinate scholarship donor thank you letters from student recipients; assist with Student Philanthropy Week events

Required skills:

  • Strong computer skills (Word/Excel)
  • Excellent research, writing, communication, and organization skills
  • Opportunity for creativity and project management
  • Independent worker

Career applications:

  • Event / project management
  • Non-profit management
  • Alumni Relations (collegiate or private schools)
  • Fundraising
  • Donor Relations & Stewardship

Early Childhood Center

Education Administration Assistant

Supervisor: Kellie Hall
Email: klhall@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: Intern will learn about the responsibilities of an education administrator through hands on experiences. He/she will assist in the planning and coordination of center activities. The student will also assist with child developmental screenings, state licensing requirements, parent involvement activities, and other administrative tasks.

Examples of assignments:

  • Coordinate parent and child orientations
  • Assist in planning and implementing curriculum night
  • Coordinate parent education evenings
  • Assist with child developmental screenings
  • Assist with registration and enrollment
  • Aid with planning of open house

Required skills:

  • Education and/or Psychology coursework
  • Knowledge of Excel and Picasa programs
  • Experience working with children
  • Strong communication skills

Career applications:

  • Education
  • Administration
  • Psychology

English

Social Media Intern

Supervisor: Zackariah Long
Email: zclong@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The English Department seeks a social media intern to coordinate the department’s message and brand across various social media outlets. The Department already has a strong web presence and Facebook community; however, we are interested in expanding our reach across new social media platforms and experimenting with new kinds of content (e.g., blog posts, podcasts, video, etc.). This position would work closely with English faculty and majors to foster a greater sense of community between prospective, current, and former students; strengthen ties to the department; and showcase the exciting things that our majors and alumni are doing, ultimately strengthening recruitment and retention and supporting the university “2020 by 2020” initiative.

Examples of assignments:

  • Generating content for the English Department’s various social media accounts
  • Writing blog posts
  • Profiling English students and faculty
  • Covering departmental events

Required skills:

  • Organization
  • Creativity
  • Cleverness, Wit
  • Writing
  • Facility with (or willingness to learn) social media platforms
  • Ability to learn social media management software

Career applications:

  • Social Media Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Webmaster

Fraternity and Sorority Life

FSL Leadership Recognition Intern

Supervisor: Dana Behum
Email: ddbehum@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The FSL Leadership Recognition Intern will create and implement a processes by which Greek Leaders may attend annual national leadership conferences. The intern will additionally work to improve and implement updated practices for the Greek Standards of Excellence program on campus for which all Greek organizations have requirements.

Examples of assignments:

  • Research Greek Leadership development conferences (national and/or regional) and create optimal schedule for attendance.
  • Create models for funding attendance to conference opportunities through known budgetary resources (Fraternity & Sorority Life office,  College Panhellenic Association,  Interfraternity Council, Alumane Panhellenic, Alumni Interfaternity Council, WCSA, etc.)
  • Serve as the point person for documents and submission processes related to the Greek Standards of Excellence program. This program needs updated formats for document submission (i.e.  excel spreadsheets to Google Sheet, or OrgSync forms to a submission form on the OWU website). The program needs constant maintenance, and the intern will serve as a visionary of how to  create sustainable yet comparable processes for evaluating the successes or challenge points of OWU Greek organizations.

Required skills:

  • Excitement about the promotion of Greek Life at OWU.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously and be organized.
  • Experience with Google Drive and Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to keep information confidential.

Career applications:

  • The student serving in this role will gain experience with program development and implementation, as well as create and  manage a budget.
  • This internship will provide an opportunity to further develop organizational skills.
  • The student will learn to conceptualize how standards and requirements create expectations for excellence.

Gift Planning

Gift Planning Intern

Supervisor: Jenny Batchelder
Email: jajoerge@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: Assist with the identification and stewardship of planned giving prospects. Assist with planned giving marketing efforts. Help manage the database of planned giving information. Work with alumni and Tower Society members.

Examples of assignments:

  • Auditing, reorganizing and consolidating of files.
  • Redacting and scanning documents.
  • Updating and creating Excel spreadsheets.
  • Analyzing the efficacy of mailings.
  • Cataloging of marketing efforts.
  • Marketing analysis by evaluation of web site statistics.
  • Identification of Planned Giving prospects by profession.
  • Updating and creating electronic forms.
  • Electronic sorting and categorizing of information.
  • Making phone calls to alumni with regard to event attendance.

Required skills:

Quality writing skills, computer proficiency, positive attitude and professionalism in working with alumni and donors are required. Familiarity with marketing is a plus.

Career applications:

Any major is eligible for this position. Those which entail reading, analysis and writing are most relevant. Because of the estate planning work involved, this would be a good position for a student interested in attending law school. Any student interested in a career in fundraising or non-profit work is also encouraged to apply.


Health and Human Kinetics

Food, Nutrition, and Health Promotion Program (Cooking Matters) Administrator

Supervisor: Christopher Fink
Email: clfink@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The person in this position will help the Health and Human Kinetics department by helping to administer the Cooking Matters program. This program is a food and nutrition education program that focuses on individuals in the Delaware community who are dealing with issues of food insecurity. Under the guidance of the HHK department, this intern will help organize and manage the broader food and nutrition education program operating in HHK that is intended to support healthful eating behaviors.  This intern will communicate with Local Matters of Columbus, Ohio, and Share Our Strength in Washington DC to complete course paperwork, create reports on survey results, contact participants and track attendance and learning, and organize the budgetary expenditures and material logistics for operation of the course and related experiences.

Examples of assignments:

  • Work with student instructors in the OWU HHK Cooking Matters program to plan educational experiences and logistics of delivery of Cooking Matters program.
  • Work with Delaware Hunger Alliance in collaborating with funding agencies for support for Cooking Matters program.
  • Develop new sites for delivery of program, including on-campus opportunities with students and faculty/staff.
  • Help document program learning activities and objectives.
  • Help manage and support Cooking Matters instructors by developing materials, organizing schedules, and collecting data related to the program.
  • Work with Local Matters of Columbus, Ohio—who is our direct partner with Share Our Strength—in maintaining current contract paperwork and filing required documentation for course completion and participant tracking.
  • Work with Share Our Strength of Washington, D.C. in obtaining participant and instructor manuals, completing and submitting required course paperwork in a timely and precise manner
  • Be the primary direct point of contact for Cooking Matters participants in registration and reminders throughout the course
  • Help maintain all paper and digital files for Cooking Matters program
  • Coordinate course assistant duties during Cooking Matters course, including organizing take-home grocery logistics and food shopping and transportation.

Required skills:

  • Health and nutritional interest.
  • Interest in extending knowledge via coursework or off-campus exploration.
  • Demonstrated strong professional demeanor, excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong abilities in digital file organization.

Career applications:

  • Preventive health fields (health promotion, public health nutrition, dietetics)
  • Non-profit
  • Sport/wellness management or program development
  • Sport, fitness, health administration

International and Off-Campus Programs

International Education Intern

Supervisor: Dorota Kendrick
Email: dukendri@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description:

  • Support International and Off-Campus Programs in its Mission to promote international educational exchange and intercultural activity on-campus.
  • Support campus-wide internationalization efforts.
  • Duties and projects assigned will, within reason, be customized to fit intern’s academic program and career goals.
  • More than one project/assignment will be given.
  • A general introduction to tertiary international education will be provided; learning objectives and outcomes will be developed in first week of assignment in accordance with experiential education benchmarks.
  • General support of IOCP activities.
  • Interaction with multiple constituencies, especially in international services.

Examples of assignments:

  • Pre-Law or Pre-Public Administration majors: Analysis of international student compliance with federal regulations pertaining to their visa category.
  • Accounting Majors: Revision of OWU IOCP Tax publications for Non-Residents Aliens.
  • Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology Majors: Surveying international and American student perceptions of intercultural exchange on-campus.
  • Education Majors: Assistaing Assistant Director in creating lesson plans for UC 99- International Student Success course.
  • Journalism Majors: Updating IOCP website, improving printed/electronic resources.

Required skills:

  • Sophomore standing
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Interest in international education/international issues/cross-cultural

Career applications:

  • Accounting Majors
  • Education Majors (K-12)
  • International Studies Majors/Minors
  • Journalism Majors
  • Managerial Economics Majors
  • Pre-Law Majors
  • Pre-Public Administration Majors
  • Psychology Majors/Minors
  • Sociology/Anthropology Majors/Minors

President’s Office

Student Intern

Supervisor: Kim Eckart
Email: kfeckart@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The student intern will assist in various office tasks in the president's office per the intern's or the executive assistant's direction. Some of the duties may entail, but are not limited to:

  • Helping print and address correspondence.
  • Retrieving mail and taking outgoing mail to the mail room.
  • Making name tags for various events.
  • Helping to scan documents.
  • Running errands.

This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality, check his/her work for accuracy, have consistent attendance, and be punctual.

Required skills:

  • Basic knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Detail oriented.

Career applications:

  • Knowledge of how a higher education president's office works.
  • Greater knowledge of software applications (Word, Excel) which are needed in the work world.
  • Learning to work on a team.

Registrar

Catalog Coordinator

Supervisor: Shelly McMahon
Email: samcmaho@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: Assist the Associate Registrar with the implementation of Acalog, OWU’s new, digital catalog software. This project would provide the student with an opportunity to work with the academic divisions on campus and with faculty to update curricular information in the catalog. In addition, the student would work closely with the Associate Registrar to enter the curriculum information into the Acalog system.

Assist with the day-to-day functions of a Registrar’s Office including but not limited to alumni, student, and parent interaction on the phone, e-mail, and face-to-face; transcript request processing; general office organization; FERPA training; and transition of recent graduates to inactive status. In addition to learning about the university’s curriculum, the student would also receive hands-on experience with customer service and the inter-workings of a university.

Examples of assignments:

  • Enter curricular information in the Acalog system.
  • Create links in the catalog to facilitate future updates.
  • Work with faculty and staff to interpret the catalog and categorize the information.
  • Assist with the day-to-day functions of a Registrar’s Office.

Required skills:

The successful candidate will be detail oriented, organized, motivated, able to work individually and in a group setting, able to communicate with a diverse group of people with varying communication styles and methods.

Career applications:

This position will provide the student with experience in higher education, customer service, communication, and work in an office environment.


Senior Class

Senior Class Intern

Supervisor: Leslie Melton / Brad Ingles
Email: ljdelerm@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: Oversee planning, communication, and overall project management for senior class affairs. Work closely with the offices of Alumni Relations, Development, and Career Services in organizing programs, scheduling events, maintaining budgets, and ordering and storing supplies. Assist with planning of Countdown to Commencement, Commencement Rehearsal, Yearbook, and Senior Class Photos. Work closely with the Senior Class President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and standing committees.

Qualifications: Junior or Senior Legacy

Majors: All

Examples of assignments:

Reservations, communication with alumni, vendors, faculty and staff, data input. Budget management. Administration and planning of major events i.e. Real Life Series, Commencement Rehearsal, etc.

Required skills:

Students must have a strong interest in event planning and overall organizational management. Strong attention to detail, time management, writing, and budget management are essential.

Career applications:

Project management, program management, HR, Higher Education Administration


Student Health Center

Health Services Intern

Supervisor: Marsha Tilden
Email: matilden@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The position will work with the Health Center Director and staff to promote health, become familiar with office related duties and provide the leadership needed to plan a Health Fair and other health related events on campus.

Examples of assignments:

  • Work with the Director and Health Center staff to coordinate Health Center's annual Health and Wellness Fair.
  • Work with the Director and Health Center staff to coordinate the Health Center's annual "Flu Clinic".
  • Work with the Health Center staff and Athletic Training staff to help coordinate annual "sports physicals" for all athletes.
  • Maintain the Health Center's bulletin boards with up-to-date information regarding health/wellness issues.
  • Plan and Implement a health related program for all students, for fall and spring semesters.
  • Keep the Wellness Center stocked with appropriate educational materials.
  • Work on self-care guides that students utilize on a regular basis.
  • Work with the Director to complete a grant proposal for the Ohio College Health Association.
  • Work with staff to do quality control checks in the laboratory and assist with sterilization process.

Required skills:

  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, Social Media
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to follow projects through to completion
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to honor CONFIDENTIALITY requirements
  • Upbeat and motivated attitude
  • Dependable
  • Ability to interact with students, faculty, staff and the Delaware Community

Career applications:

  • Health/Wellness Education
  • Program Coordinator
  • Medical/Health Related Profession
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Office Management
  • Student Affairs Positions

University Advancement

50th Reunion Program Intern

Supervisor: Emily Alonso-Taub
Email: ebalonso@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The 50th Reunion Program Legacy Intern will provide instrumental support to the Associate Director of the 50th Reunion Program, to plan and execute the 45th, 50th and 55th Reunions in May 2018. Responsibilities include: assisting with the management of the Reunion Volunteer committees, comprised of OWU Alumni; creating both print and email communications to share news and updates with reunion-year alumni; and assisting in the planning and execution of many event-related functions in preparation for Reunion Weekend.

Examples of assignments:

  • Oversee social media: create monthly Throwback Thursday emails and periodic Facebook posts to promote alumni engagement and encourage participation in Reunion Weekend
  • Coordinate mailings to committee members, i.e. reunion save-the-date postcards, fundraising and attendance reports, alumni spotlight letters, etc.
  • Coordinate requesting and receiving submissions for the Golden Key Yearbook
  • Coordinate Monthly Planning Calls: prepare the agenda and supporting materials for committee members
  • Prepare follow-up notes and materials for committee members after monthly call
  • Work with the committees to create the speaking programs for the three reunion dinners
  • Enter "actions" (meeting notes) in Raiser's Edge (database)

Required skills:

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially excel, powerpoint and publisher. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills. This position will involve email and phone communication with alumni and donors.  Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information as this position will have access to the alumni database.

Career applications:

  • Alumni and fundraising event management
  • Volunteer management
  • Alumni engagement
  • Fundraising strategy and execution
  • Communications and social media strategy and execution
  • Use of Raiser’s Edge

This internship will also provide the opportunity to interact and build relationships with OWU Alumni, which would be helpful in networking for future job placement.

Annual Giving Outreach Intern

Supervisor: Lauren Vermilion
Email: levermil@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This internship would be a communications position for the Ohio Wesleyan Fund.

Examples of assignments:

  • Write thank you notes
  • Create personal ways to thank donors
  • Make stewardship calls/notes

Required skills:

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Phone etiquette/ability to make phone calls
  • Legible handwriting
  • Willingness to promote Ohio Wesleyan University's mission

Career applications:

  • Communications
  • Marketing

Ohio Wesleyan Fund Intern

Supervisor: Lauren Vermilion
Email: levermil@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: This internship would assist with upper level projects for the Ohio Wesleyan Fund.

Examples of assignments:

  • Create presidential briefings
  • Make stewardship calls/ notes
  • Develop marketing information for a range of projects
  • Complete research and enter information into database

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft word
  • Ability to make phone calls
  • Willingness to promote Ohio Wesleyan University's mission

Career applications:

  • Alumni/community outreach
  • Marketing

University Communications

Digital Content Intern

Supervisor: Lindsay Mauter
Email: lamauter@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The Office of University Communications seeks to hire a student for 2017-2018 to support efforts to keep current and continually enhance the OWU website. The ideal candidate will have an interest in website content development, as well as a demonstrable interest in writing for the web.

Please send resume, cover letter, and any applicable links (to webpages and/or writing samples) by the Legacy application deadline to Ida Mostofi, icmostof@owu.edu.

Examples of assignments:

The student will collaborate in a creative team environment and assist with duties including: auditing owu.edu web pages for content quality/accuracy; writing new content for the web; building new pages and features using the BigTree content management system; evaluating user experience; and implementing new photography and video onto the website.

Required skills:

Knowledge of BigTree CMS or any content management system is helpful, though training is available. Strengths in organization and attention to detail are helpful. A strong knowledge of spelling and grammar is preferred. Writing samples are welcome but not required.

Career applications:

The Digital Content Intern position is a phenomenal opportunity for new Communications majors! Students from any major are encouraged to apply, especially if seeking a career path in digital content development, writing, and/or web design. The student will complete the internship with a digital portfolio of work.

Photojournalist

Supervisor: Sara Stuntz
Email: shstuntz@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: The Office of University Communications is seeking to hire a student for 2017-2018 with experience in photography (shooting and editing) to cover assignments and provide campus candids on a weekly basis.

Guidance on preferred shooting and editing styles will be provided, but the ideal candidate will have demonstrable proficiency in both photo journalism as well as a nose for news. Camera equipment will be provided, if needed.

Examples of assignments:

  • Covering student/campus events such as Student Involvement Office spirit events and Day on the JAY.
  • Taking photos of guest lecturers and/or awards ceremonies.
  • Taking campus candids (without ties to a specific event) for use on the OWU website and/or social media.
  • Editing photos stored in University Communications archives to weed out unusable images, tag photos with relevant information to improve search capabilities.

Required skills:

Proficiency in photography and photo editing required. Applicant should provide links to samples of photography and list any relevant software proficiency and relevant coursework. A "nose for news" is always helpful.

Career applications:

This internship is ideal for any student with a career interest in photography, photojournalism, and/or marketing.


Zoology

Fish Care Assistant

Supervisor: Shala Hankison
Email: sjhankis@owu.edu
Term: Full-year

Description: While not glamorous, animal care is an essential part of studying animal behavior (along with other fields) or working with animals in general. This position involves the maintenance of over 50 aquaria of fish (primarily sailfin mollies). Duties include cleaning, feeding, water quality testing, record keeping, rearing fry (babies), and general fish and aquarium upkeep. This background in animal care may be particularly useful for students with interests in zoology careers, including, but not limited to, veterinarian, zookeeper/aquarist, animal husbandry, wildlife rehabilitation, animal trainer, and in preparation for animal care care in graduate school.

Examples of assignments:

  • aquarium cleaning
  • fish feeding and general care
  • water quality testing
  • records keeping

Required skills:

Because the project includes care of live animals, the student must be reliable and self-motivated. The student should also be comfortable working around water and the possibility of getting wet. No prior experience with fish care is required, but an interest in animals is a must.

Career applications:

  • Animal husbandry (zoo, aquarium, etc.)
  • Veterinary
  • Graduate school preparation (for working with animals)
  • Wildlife rehabilitation

Zoology Museum and Departmental Collections Curator

Supervisor: Lisa Tabak
Email: lmtabak@owu.edu
Term: Spring semester

Description: In the spring of 2018, we will continue to curate the specimens in the teaching and research collections of the OWU Zoology Museum, located on the first floor of the Schimmel Conrades Science Center. Additionally, the printed and three dimensional educational materials on display in the public area of the Museum need to be updated. We are particularly interested in hiring a student who is motivated to design a way in which we might make at least part of this display more interactive.

Examples of assignments:

  • Review storage locations for the department's preserved samples not currently housed in the Museum and add those samples to the appropriate Museum shelves and databases.
  • Photograph specimens.
  • In collaboration with Zoology faculty and staff, determine which of the department's frozen bird specimens have highest priority (i.e.: which should be processed into study skins by trained personnel).
  • If desired, learn how to prepare bird study skins (sewing, anatomy, or art skills not required, but would definitely be helpful).
  • Rewrite/redesign the printed and laminated educational materials on display in the public area of the Museum.
  • Explore the possibility of installing a small screen capable of playing video content in one of the Museum's display cases in the area open to the general public.

Required skills:

  • Completion of at least one BIOL or ZOOL course, OR experience in identifying birds, insects, and/or fish OR experience in the preparation of preserved samples in ethanol OR experience in the preparation of bird or mammal study skins.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access and/or Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

Career applications:

  • Biologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Physician
  • Environmental Educator
  • Teacher
  • Writer