Get your feet wet and your hands dirty through internships and co-ops, research, study aboard, and service-learning. Recent grads and employers agree: there’s no better way to apply what you’re learning in class, test-drive a career, network with faculty and other experts, and build a more powerful and unique resume.
Internships and co-ops
Take advantage of what a large university can offer: well-connected faculty and partnerships with a wide variety of organizations in Columbus and beyond. Find out more from your College or explore Buckeye Internships.
"To see an idea I have in mind be put on paper, to [go] from design to creation—that entire process amazes me."
—Monica Okon, NASA intern
Watch: Monica Okon takes you on a tour of her NASA internship.
"One of the great things about research is that it opens a ton of doors for you."
—Tom Kaffenberger, undergrad researcher
Watch: At the Denman Forum, undergraduate researchers in all fields tackle major problems.
Change the way you see yourself and the global community. Ohio State offers more than 100 study programs in over 40 countries. Trips are designed to meet the needs – and budgets – of student travelers. University president E. Gordon Gee calls the passport “the driver’s license of the 21st century.” Don’t have one yet? Get a passport.
"[We were able to] observe how other veterinary schools teach their students and…experience the culture as well."
—Allison Lamb, veterinary student in Thailand
Watch: Thanks to vet med professor Nongnuch Inpanbutr, a native of Thailand, students get an authentic Thai experience.
As you help others, you help yourself: students in a service-learning course (Ohio State offers over 70 of them) work on a community project. Deepen your understanding of an issue, foster leadership skills, and get experience with problem solving in a group environment. Read about the Service-Learning Initiative.
Watch: Melissa Logue, an Ohio State academic advisor, brings students in her “Spanish in Ohio” class out into Columbus’s Latino community.