OCM Staff Spotlight: Jeff Rice

Jeff Rice is the Executive Director of the Office of Career Management.  He has worked in the OCM for 25 years.  When asked about his favorite part about his role, Jeff responded, “I work with a great team who are amazing in what they accomplish each and every day. They come to work with energy and optimism, and our students are the beneficiaries of a spectacular team of career professionals.”  His first job was delivering a weekly newspaper in a town of less than 5,000 residents by riding his bike.  It was not unusual for customers to invite him in for cookies when he came by to collect their subscription bills. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible – they enjoy theater, music, and simply hanging out with each other.  He also does a lot of cycling to stay well trained for Pelotonia, and enjoys golf and DIY projects around his home.  If he could be anything in the world, Jeff would be a professional golfer.  Getting paid to play golf – works for him!  Jeff’s favorite spot on Ohio State’s campus is the Grand Reading Room in Thompson Library.  The restoration from 1919 is spectacular!  You might not know, as a senior in high school, Jeff qualified for, and competed in, two events at the Ohio High School State Track and Field Championships which were held at Ohio Stadium.  His advice for Fisher business students is, “Always remember the sacrifices and investments you and others are making in your future. To get a return on that investment will require good decisions from you regarding your career plan. This is exactly why the Office of Career Management exists. Come see us often.”

OCM Staff Spotlight: Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Career Development in the Office of Career Management.  She has held this role for the last two years.  Her favorite part about her job is working with students during their first few years at Fisher, helping connect them to new resources, and then seeing them succeed by the time they graduate!  Her first job was at a Little League Baseball concession stand.  Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, exercising (sometimes), trying new restaurants, baking, reading, and watching Netflix.  If Katie could be anything, she would be the new Kathie Lee and Hoda with her friend, Hannah, an interior designer, or a graphic designer.  You might not know that she has traveled to 42 states, 18 countries, and three continents – she loves to explore new places!  Katie’s advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “take time to explore your options.  Stay open to new experiences because you never know how a new student organization, job, class, or connection will influence your career path.”

Intern Events: High Ropes and Welcome Dinner

I just finished my fifth week at Cardinal Health, which means my summer internship is already half over! Cardinal does a great job of providing challenging projects for interns, as well as setting up a multitude of opportunities to network with full-time employees and other interns.

Last week we had two intern events: attending Summit Vision, a high ropes course intended for team-building, and the intern welcome dinner. Although I was initially skeptical of the high ropes course, it turned out to be a fun challenge! It was a great way to get to know the other interns in a more informal environment and get out of the office for an afternoon. Nothing facilitates intern bonding quite like rock climbing in Ohio heat and humidity.

The intern class at Summit Vision high ropes course.

The intern welcome dinner was later in the week and included all the field interns, who flew in for the day. Cardinal Health brings on interns at many of their locations, from California to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between. It was interesting to meet and mingle with other interns and their managers to see how their experience differs in a location other than headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.

The intern welcome dinner had another exciting element: a visit from the CEO, George Barrett. Throughout the summer, the intern class has the chance to hear from several executives who share their career path and insight into the company and healthcare industry.

CEO George Barrett welcomed everyone to the intern dinner.

Opportunities such as the high ropes course and the intern welcome dinner are a major benefit to the intern program. In only five weeks, I have met numerous interns, networked with other full-time employees, and learned so much about Cardinal Health as a company.

How to Survive Your First Week

So it’s your first week at your internship. You’re undoubtedly excited about starting with this new company, or returning to a previous employer for another term, but you’re also probably a little bit nervous about being in a new environment. Here are a couple of tips I learned during my first week in my internship with General Motors to help me start off on the right foot:

  1.  People
    1. Reach out and meet as many people as you can. If there are other interns, find them! Or try and get your coworkers to show you the area. Not only will this help you network, but it will get you more involved in the company and simply have more fun throughout the duration of your internship. It’s more than just work!
  2. Listen and Learn
    1. It’s easy to let your mind wander and start daydreaming about all the fun things you’re going to get to do during your assignment, but try and stay focused and listen to all of the instructions and information you’re going to inevitably get.
    2. Depending on your department there’s going to be a ton to figure out once you start. You can look into the structure of your company, where all the locations might be, who’s in charge of what, and what other departments you’ll be working with. If possible, ask for a company dictionary or learners guide that you can read during your downtime.
  3. Ask
    1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It’s better to ask how to do something right, how to get somewhere, or what kind of culture your company has then pretend that you know something and get confused later. You can learn new things that your welcome packets might not contain as well as little tips and tricks that could prove helpful the longer you’re there.
  4. Coffee
    1. Or tea or chocolate, whatever your prerogative, find yourself some caffeine. Get used to your new routine and stay energetic and excited during your meetings. Avoid dozing off at all costs!
  5. Early
    1. Whether it’s your orientation, meetings, or training sessions, get to everything early. If possible, go to your location before your start date so you can find where you need to go so you can avoid getting lost or being late. If you’re early you can get to know the people around you and avoid making a bad first impression if you’re late.

If you can do all of these things and stay focused and committed during your first week, you’ll be well on your way to finding your PLACE within your new company!

Packing for Your Internship…ABROAD

Hello Everyone!

My name is Sarah Bowe, and I just finished my second year at OSU. I’m a Marketing major in the Fisher College of Business, and this summer I secured an internship with Shorts International through the Summer Global Internship Program here at Fisher. They are a company specializing in short films, and I’m super excited to be working for them because I want to do entertainment and media for my career in the future. I will be working for them in London, England for all of June and July. See this link if you’re interested in learning more about my company: https://shorts.tv/corporate

This is my first post, and in all honesty, it’s probably going to be the longest because I’m going to detail how I packed for TWO WHOLE MONTHS in not much more than a carry-on and backpack.

  1. My carry-on luggage
Fig. 1: Carry-on outside view


  • Fig. 2: Carry-on inside
    Fig. 3: Carry-on inside unzipped

    My carry-on luggage is the best thing ever–honestly. It’s a Brookstone that my aunt got me for my birthday, and I love it. I’ve already taken it on several trips and it’s so great. It’s so light, easy to move (the wheels move so effortlessly it’s ridiculous), and it fits SO MUCH STUFF. Here’s the link if you want to check it out more in-depth for yourself: http://www.brookstone.com/pd/DASH-4-Wheeled-Expandable-Carry-On-Luggage/315221.html?bkeid=compare%7Cmercent%7Cgooglebaseads%7Csearch&bkeid=compare%7cmercent%7cgooglebaseads%7csearch

    Here’s everything I was able to put in my carry-on as seen in Fig. 2:

    Also, ROLL YOUR CLOTHES!!! Saves so much room!

  • 8 nice tops for work
  • a trench coat
  • a light jacket
  • blazer
  • black dress pants
  • blue dress pants
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 bras (1 strapless, 1 black)
  • jewelry
  • 12 pairs of underwear
  • 3 casual tops (kinda like graphic tees, not for work)

Everything seen (and not seen = buried) in Fig. 3:

Okay… So I listed everything that I was able to pack in my carry-on luggage. Now, lucky for me my family and I are going over to London a week early for vacation. Because of this, my mom bought another large luggage so that I can have more room for when I come back (I’m obviously going to buy things while I’m there… I’m a shopaholic…oops). So, because I had a little more room, I put some overflow in this luggage, but not much.

2. Larger (checked) Luggage

Fig. 4: Larger Luggage

In this luggage, I put a couple overflow items:

  • light rain jacket
  • nude heels (short height for work, bought at Payless)
  • another pair of jeans (ripped, not for work, just casual)
  • outlet converters (a MUST for your international travel! Amazon, super cheap)
  • hairbrushes (one large, one comb, one teasing comb)
  • cosmetic things (my razor, tweezers, acne products, perfume)

Items that I would have bought in London, but because I’m checking this luggage, I packed them to save money:

  • facewipes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • contact solution
  • hair products (heat protectant, leave-in conditioner)
  • my mom also put a lot of snacks and food in this bag to have for our apartment when we get there (We are doing Airbnb)

3. My bookbag

Fig.5: Bookbag
Fig. 6: Makeup case
Fig. 7: Makeup Case Opened

In my bookbag I’m packing the following:

  • laptop (with charger, and wireless mouse for work)
  • iPad
  • Folder with important travel documents (also, I put copies of the most important things, my passport/visa/COS/driver’s license/insurance card in each of my bags)
  • Coach wristlet (wallet, containing passport, cash, credit cards, etc)
  • ziploc of my medications and other important things like contacts
  • sunglasses
  • prescription glasses
  • more meds (Aleve, NyQuil/DayQuil, Tums, cough drops)
  • chargers (iPhone, Fitbit)
  • headphones (iPhone and Beats)
  • Kleenex
  • EmergenC
  • hand sanitizer
  • travel pillow for the plane
  • extra outfit (yoga pants, tee shirt)
  • toothbrush
  • my makeup
    • foundation, applicator, powder, contour kit, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipsticks, makeup brushes

4. My Outfit for the Trip

Fig. 8: Travel Outfit

I’m wearing a Fisher College of Business (gotta rep) tee-shirt, a hoodie (didn’t pack in my luggage because it’s big, and also wanna be comfy on the plane), Victoria’s Secret Sport yoga pants, socks, and my Nike tennis shoes (which will double as my workout shoes when in London).

Okay! We made it! This is everything that I packed… it’s a lot.. I know. But TWO MONTHS! I think I did pretty well. One note I would like to make is that I DID NOT pay a lot for the things I bought for this trip. I like to think I am a bargain shopper. For example, I LOVEEEE the Tanger Outlets in Columbus. They have super great deals. I got my Coach wallet, Aldo pumps, and lots of my business clothes there (I love Ann Taylor and Loft for clothes). Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx are great too! I got my Nine West bag there for $30.

Preparing for my internship was stressful, but it was also super fun! If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!


Sarah Bowe