Undergraduate Programs
Industry Immersion Program

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FROM EXPLORING INDUSTRIES, TO EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS


Preparing leaders of tomorrow to make impacts in today's top industries.

The Industry Immersion Program is the first of its kind in the nation, and is designed to help students dive into a specific industry and stand out in a crowded marketplace. With a year-long focus, C-suite executives and Fisher College of Business experts take high-achieving undergraduate students deep inside the industry of their choice for a full academic year. The result is depth of material and live business experiences typically found at the graduate level.

Our sought-after students are uniquely prepared to step out of the classroom and into the practice of business. To date, 80% of eligible Industry Immersion students have secured full-time internships or jobs with leading companies across the nation and around the world.

APPLICATION FOR 2022-23 is closed. Application for 2023-24 Academic Year will open in fall semester. 


Information Sessions and Office Hours to learn more will re-open in fall semester

Industry Immersion Programs

  • Business Analytics
    Business Analytics

    Familiarize with the concepts of Big Data, Analytics and the applicability of both in a business environment while developing an understanding of tools and techniques available and how they can be used in an analytic process.

    Faculty Coordinator: Ralph Greco, M.S., Director, Business Analytics Initiative

  • Business of Sports
    Business of Sports

    Introduction to the business decisions made by various departments/divisions of a sports business. Develop an understanding of the tools and techniques used by these businesses to make strategic, data-driven decisions that will maximize business performance and efficiency.

    Faculty Coordinator: Ralph Greco, M.S., Director, Business Analytics Initiative

  • Consulting
    Consulting

    Understand the consulting role, client engagement process, solution development and presentation techniques while learning the applicability in a diverse client business environment for any industry.

    Faculty Coordinator: Chip YorkLecturer, Management & Human Resources Department

  • Consumer Packaged Goods
    Consumer Packaged Goods

    Learn the best-practices and processes of some of the largest brands in the world by hearing directly from industry leaders about their core strategies in the areas of marketing & branding, shopper insights, innovation, operations, finance and human resources

    Faculty Coordinator: Scott LaCross, MBA, Senior Lecturer, Marketing & Logistics Department

  • Energy & Sustainability
    Energy & Sustainability

    Learn innovative use of resources essential for business survival by managing risks and opportunities associated with climate change, resource depletion, population growth, etc.

    Faculty Coordinator: Ardeshir Contractor, MS, Director I&E for Eng and Bus,, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • FinTech

    FinTech (starting in Autumn 2022)

    Students will acquire an understanding of industry terminology, concepts, and technologies used and their applications; partner with companies in various areas of fintech to work on corporate projects. Students will be more familiar with overall industry (including insurtech) and technologies that drive fintech.

    Faculty Coordinator: Taner Pirim, PhD. Pirim.2@osu.edu  Senior Lecturer, Finance Department

  • Middle Market
    Middle Market

    Introduction to the concept of a mid-size company while learning characteristics of high-growth middle market companies and challenges/opportunities unique to this segment, versus large and small businesses.

    Faculty Coordinator: Doug Farren, Associate Director, The National Center for Middle Market

  • Retail
    Retail

    Dive into retail from a unique perspective. Gain in-depth knowledge about the industry--from raw material development to maximizing consumer experience

    Faculty Coordinator: Doug Farren, Associate Director, The National Center for Middle Market


 

  • Participation Benefits

    Participation Benefits

    Student who participate in the Industry Immersion Program will:

    • Receive a total 6 credit hours for year-long program (3 credit hours in autumn, 3 credit hours in spring semester)
    • Participate on real world company partner projects.
    • Have unique opportunity to interact with Industry Leaders as guest speakers and via company site visits
    • Travel to major metropolitan city to network with companies
    • Option to travel internationally to Milan, Italy with fellow Immersion students and become familiar with specific industry abroad.
  • Application Criteria

     

    Program Application Criteria

    Students who are interested in participating in the Industry Immersion Program must meet the following criteria by the start of the program in Autumn semester:

    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative OSU GPA
    • Open to all majors at OSU
    • Earn a minimum of 61 credit hours 
    • Not enroll in an activity that prevents the student from completing the one-year program commitment 

    Be prepared to submit resume and answer the following questions when completing the Industry Immersion Program Application:

    Essay Questions:

    1. Please explain your interest in your (2) RANKED immersion experiences, why you are interested in the program, and summarize any experience you may have within specific industry. (3200 character maximum)  *Lack of experience will NOT hinder your application*
    2. Discuss how the Industry Immersion Program will support your college journey and career aspirations.  (3200 character maximum)

     

    Resume upload.

    1. Resume must be submitted as a PDF and the file MUST include your first name and last name.         
    2. Resumes uploaded in other formats or without the appropriate file name will not be considered and your application will be considered incomplete.
  • Program Expectations

    Program Expectations

    Active Participation
    Students are expected to actively participate in co-curricular opportunities to enhance their professional development, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Engage with Industry Partners
    Active participation is expected of every Industry Immersion student. Company executives take time to guide students throughout projects and enlighten Industry Immersion students. Active participation is expected of every Industry Immersion student.

    One-Year Program Commitment
    Enrolling in activities that hinder the completion of the program is strongly discouraged. Students who are accepted should not enroll in an outside activity that would prevent you from completing both semesters of class (e.g. internship/study abroad).

Fisher student

"Participating in the Business of Sports Immersion Program has allowed me to gain a deeper knowledge into the sports industry. It's been valuable and eye opening to learn about data analytics and the financials of such a popular industry I've always had an interest in. "

Amanda ChmielFinance major

 

 

Fisher student

"The Consulting Immersion Program allowed me to use concepts learned in class to work on hands-on projects. In these projects, I gained real-world experience by finding unique solutions to problems companies face and presenting the solutions to the executives. I used my experience in the program to secure a full-time job in consulting after graduation."

Jared YeeReal Estate & Finance major

 


Are you a company interested in partnering with one of our Industry Immersion Programs? 

Learn more about Industry Partnerships here 

Industry Immersion Program Contact

For additional information about the Industry Immersion Program, please contact:

Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office
Fisher College of Business
309 Schoenbaum Hall 
210 W. Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1144