How to Set Up a Job Shadow

Here in the Office of Career Management, we’re constantly telling students to set up informational interviews. “They’re so important!” we say. “Do as many as you can!” we say.

But what happens after the informational interview? What if you want to know more? What if there’s a company you’re SO excited about that you just can’t even imagine working anywhere else? But you can’t yet, because you’re a freshman or sophomore and they won’t hire you yet? This is where a job shadow can swoop in and save the day!

By definition, a job shadow is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in a person’s career field of interest. In other words, that person has the job you want at the company you want it at. You follow?

So to learn more about this particular job (as in, what does this person actually do all day?!?), setting up a job shadow can be an excellent way to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of this individual, get a scope of the projects they work on, and even take a tour of the company.

The easiest way to initiate a job shadow is to find a professional with whom you would like to shadow and contact them in a professional manner. We recommend first reaching out to our office (The Office of Career Management) to see if any alumni have volunteered to have conversations with students.

From there, LinkedIn is your best bet. Start with OSU alumni in your chosen industry, and try to narrow your list down to 1-3 individuals. Reaching out to professionals in your chosen industry should always be in a professional, courteous manner. A sample email message to initiate the conversation can be found below.

Hello Mr. /Ms. Last Name

My name is Name, and I am currently a [year in school] at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and I am considering [field] as a future career path. After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, I was wondering if you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about [field].

I would be extremely grateful if you allowed me to quietly observe you for a half day as you go about your usual schedule. If possible, it would be helpful if we also had a short interview toward the end of the shadowing so I could ask you any questions I might have about [field] after observing your activities and actions.
Thank you for considering my request. I will follow up with you in two weeks to answer any questions you may have.
Best regards,
Your Name
See? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Check out our Informational Interviewing Guide for tons of other helpful tips, questions to ask, and how to prepare for future job shadowing opportunities. Now get out there and meet someone!

Fisher Spring Internship & Job Fair 2015 – Everything You Need to Know!

2015 Fisher Spring Internship and Job Fair
February 3, 2015
2pm – 6PM
The Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballrooms
  • There is NO admission fee for students
  • Get the OSU Career Fair mobile app to access the Company Major Charts and the Fisher Spring Job and Internship Fair Map now! Booklets with company information will NOT be printed
  • Bring your BuckID, as you will need to swipe to get in
  • $1 per item coat check –  located on first floor across from Station 88

Spring Internship & Job Fair Company Hiring NeedsGet the app!  Download the OSU Career Fair+ mobile app to research companies attending the event along with the majors and job types employers are recruiting.

Log on to FisherConnect to view attending companies and submit your resume before the event. There is no preregistration required; students will register as they arrive at the fair.

Internship & Job Fair Prep Workshops

Wednesday, January 28  12:30-1:30pm  Schoenbaum 315

Thursday, January 29  1:00-2:00pm  Schoenbaum 209

Friday, January 30  2:30-3:30pm Schoenbaum 209

Liberty Mutual Leadership Forum (for Sophomores!)

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Leadership Forum
Sunday, June 21  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 The Liberty Mutual Insurance (LMI) Leadership Forum is a three-day externship designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and careers in the insurance industry.

What to expect:
Students from diverse backgrounds, representing partnership schools across the country will travel to our corporate headquarters in Boston, MA to participate in workshops and activities geared towards bringing out leadership, team building, communication and negotiation skills.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to network and interact with recent college hires, senior leaders and recruitment professionals.  To see photos from last year’s Leadership Forum, click here.

Career exploration:
In addition, students selected to attend this forum will have an opportunity to interview for a summer internship in a function such as human resources, claims, underwriting, IT or sales the following year.  Summer interns, who perform exceptionally well, may receive a full time employment offer.

To be eligible for the LMI Leadership Forum, you must:

  • Be a current, full-time, undergraduate student in your sophomore year of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities on campus or in your community.
  • Have a strong interest in the insurance industry.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

When is the 2015 LMI Leadership Forum?
The LMI Leadership  Forum will take place Sunday, June 21 –Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Boston, MA.  Liberty Mutual will incur all costs for approved travel, lodging and meal expenses.

How to apply?
Applications will be accepted through, April 30.  If you would like to learn more about the opportunity and start the interview process, here’s how to apply:

  • Scroll down and click on “Apply Now”
  • Type in job number 57488  and hit “Search” for jobs
  • Apply to “2015 LMI Leadership Forum Externship”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Deloitte Battle of Ohio Competition

 by Patrick Goth, Yuan He, Levi Palmer, and Andrew Topinka


Following the end of the Deloitte Battle of Ohio Case Competition, my teammates and I were asked to write a blog post on our experiences. We were all excited to have the opportunity to share what we learned with our fellow Fisher classmates.

In order to participate in the event, we had to submit our resumes, case experience and why were interested in competing. Following a short interview featuring a market-sizing question, we were admitted and placed into two teams that would compete in Fisher’s name. Some of the more popular reasons that we stated why were interested in competing included:

  • Representing Ohio State and Fisher in a large statewide competition
  • Compete against top students from other schools in Ohio
  • Learn about the consulting industry
  • Network and hear from Deloitte Consulting

We all had a meeting with Dan Oglevee where he discussed the best practices for approaching a case. He worked with us in order to decide upon the following structure:

  1. Financial Results and Effect on Share Price
  2. The Strategy
  3. The Timeline for the Project
  4. The Cost of Implementation
  5. Risks

This structure was what we used to guide us through the case, and ultimately it was how we presented our solution in the live competition.

When working on our case in the beginning of the week, we worked mostly from the information provided and discussed what we thought the actual problem even was. We met in the evening after receiving the case to discuss what we thought the problem was and what our initial reactions to the provided information were. On the second day, we built a model that would work as our “baseline” for what the company would do without implementing any changes. It was not until the third day that we began to lay out our strategy.

We were lucky to have a PowerPoint template from Deloitte to work with, which allowed us to focus on our content, rather than our style. This was especially important in the last few days of the case when we were deciding upon individual roles and who would be presenting what. This way, we could create our slides individually according to the template, and they would easily fit together in the final presentation. In retrospect, it may have been better to divide our roles earlier in the week. However, we had one of our teammates focus on the introduction and conclusion of our presentation, so not splitting up the work early allowed everyone to have a hand in the strategy of the case.


Our case dealt with introducing a new manufacturing process to a company in the aerospace and defense industry, which opened up many doors in terms of points of research and factors that could risk our implementation. For example, the financial markets could change the rates at which a company could borrow just as much as international relations could change the sales potential of the company. Either way, it changes the bottom line and the share price for the company. We had to learn to make assumptions to build our case.


It was a relief when it came to the actual day of the presentation, as we all felt confident with the work we did over the previous week. There were six schools present, with eleven teams. The eleven teams were divided between three different rooms for the first round of judging, with one team from each room moving on to the second round. We were lucky to make it through the first round, and have the opportunity to present to the entire crowd. The panel of judges for the second round included several partner level consultants.


Following all the presentations, we waited patiently to hear the results of our effort. We ended up taking second place, which was fantastic considering the number of schools present and the caliber of students present. Overall, it was a great week and an awesome learning experience.

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).


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