Washington Academic Internship Program

Interested in living and working in our nation’s capital while earning a full semester of Ohio State credit? Make the Capital your classroom! Become a John Glenn Fellow with the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP).

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WAIP is an Ohio State program that selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, DC as John Glenn Fellows. Students are placed with internships that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course in policymaking in Washington. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet professionals working in their field while in Washington, allowing them to begin to build a strong network. To learn more, visit the WAIP website, meet the current WAIP fellows, or follow WAIP’s Twitter. The deadline to apply for summer 2015 is January 20, 2015. For more information, watch our website for upcoming on-campus info sessions, or contact the Program Manager, Katy Hogan, at hogan.124@osu.edu.

Site Visit to Sherwin-Williams

On Tuesday, November 11th, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members loaded up onto an OSU bus and headed north for the day. We participated in a corporate site visit for the Sherwin-Williams company.

Here they are, looking super awake at 8:00am on their day off:

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When we first arrived at their headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, we took a few minutes to admire their gorgeous building. It has so much character, and we later learned that each of the countries flag hanging represents over $1.5 million in sales in that particular country. You can find their products in 122 countries currently, but look for them in about 150 countries within the next 5-10 years.

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Inside the office, we were given a tour of the Center of Excellence, which was kind of a mini-museum that discussed the history of the company, how they’re growing (and BOY, are they growing!) and the culture of the company.

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You could definitely tell that Sherwin-Williams is a values-based company. They have immense pride in what they do, and that pride is reflected in each and every employee.

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It was also really interesting to hear about the evolution of the products and services offered by the company, particularly in the last few years. Did you know they are the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States???

This showcase of collectors items was a glimpse into how Sherwin-Williams has been an icon in American culture.

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From the Center, we were treated to lunch (thank you S-W!) where students networked with professionals and each other. Then, we moved into a theater of sorts where our guide, HR Coordinator Desiree Gwynn, had lined up an impressive panel of speakers.

The students were amazed at how many senior-level professionals came to speak with them. The list included Ellen Stephens, VP of Human Resources-Corporate; Susan Keough, VP of Human Resources – Global Supply Chain; Allen Mistysyn, VP – Corporate Controller; and Thomas Liebhardt, Senior VP, Marketing – North America. As you can see, we had a room full of extremely talented, extremely successful individuals, and we hung on every word.

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The other amazing point to note was that for all except one of these folks, they all started out in entry-level roles with the company and worked their way up the ladder. This is an exciting concept, because it shows that not only does Sherwin-Williams have a positive culture that people want to join and stick around, but they promote from within and are committed to the happiness of their employees.

Fun fact: The CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, is an OSU Alum! GO BUCKS!

Though we wished we could stay longer, at that point, it was time to head back to Columbus. We want to thank Sherwin-Williams, Desiree Gwynn, and the entire team that helped make this day such a success.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sherwin-Williams and their job/internship opportunities, check out their website at http://careers.sherwin-williams.com/jobs/

(Hint: They start posting their summer internships in late February/early March)

Keep Calm and Prioritize On

College schedules are absolutely insane. I thought I was a busy girl in high school but I had no idea what was coming! College is a time full of opportunity and excitement which includes dinner dates with friends, company visits, endless hours of studying, professional development and more. How have I dealt with these constant calls for my attention?

Prioritizing. It is something we all must learn how to do at some point. Being a freshman in college, I have learned how to prioritize pretty quickly. Obviously, I am attending The Ohio State University to obtain an education. Therefore, my top priority is always my academics. After thinking about what test I have this week or what homework is due tomorrow, I often will think about my passions. I have a passion for business and building my career, thus I put effort towards my career goals when I can. These efforts include things like blogging, updating my website and improving my resume. Another one of my passions is working out and being fit. Honestly, working out has been a bit of a struggle to maintain as a priority since school started. Working out is important to me because it acts as my main stress reliever. How have I continued to make this a priority? Each week, I try to focus on getting myself through the threshold, literally. If I walk in the door of the gym with my headphones in hand, I am making the time to work out. We all have these stress relieving hobbies that always seem to escape our schedules. I think the importance of these hobbies is often underestimated.

As I end this blog, I am already beginning to think about my next priority! I hope you are too.

2015 Leadership Summit

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Want to stand out for job opportunities? The 2015 Leadership Summit is an annual, all-day experience that seeks to bring together aspiring student leaders from across Ohio State’s campus. This event will allow you the opportunity to uncover your leadership strengths and network.  The itinerary includes a VP of UPS opening speaker, break-out development sessions held by industry professionals and dinner with company recruiters.

The 2015 Leadership Summit will be held at the Ohio Union on January 31st from 1-7 PM.

Deadline to register is December 15th.

Find out more information and register online http://www.osuleadershipsummit.com/student-registration.html!

The Art of Politely Declining a Job Offer

by Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation & Programs

You’ve finally accepted a job offer – CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to celebrate!

BUT…before you do so…Hold up!…Wait a minute!

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Take some time to reach out to any employers you have received offers from or if you are choosing to remove yourself from a company’s candidate pool. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later, as it could help another candidate have an opportunity you are no longer interested in.

You might be saying to yourself, this all sounds good, but what is the best way to go about doing so? We thought you might ask, so we went ahead and pulled together some tips:

Pick up the phone. It is likely that a recruiter has gone out of their way to provide you with information and answer any questions you have had throughout the recruiting process. Show them the same respect and personalized approach by reaching out to have a conversation.

Be very appreciative. Declining an offer can be very intimidating to job seekers. Before cutting to the chase, it always helps to lead in to the conversation by showing your appreciation of their time and interest in you.

Avoid the one liner. Whether in an email or over the phone, nothing feels more like a “slap in the face” to a recruiter than when a student sends them a one line message declining the offer.

Be transparent. It can be very helpful for a recruiter to know why you decided to go with another company or opportunity. Students can either feel free to provide some information about their decision making process and why they chose the company they did or be prepared for questions about their decision. Recruiters often have to report back to their team when offers are declined and it can be helpful to have some context. Some factors may be out of their control, such as a geographic or industry preference, but other factors could be within their control, such as offering housing or relocation assistance.

Keep in touch. A company you decline today might be your target five years from now. It’s always good to keep in touch with people you met during the process. Chances are if they liked you well enough to want to hire you, they will have an interest in keeping in touch as professional colleagues.

Remember – It’s a Small World. Recruiters often change companies and they rarely forget when they’ve been burned. They’re human, right? You should be in good shape if you do the right thing, tell the truth, and always say thank you! Not only are you representing yourself, you are representing the Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University. Feel free to reach out to the Office of Career Management and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss anything more specific to your situation 292-6024.

Again, congratulations on accepting an employment offer!