OSUAA Ohio County Internship Program – Buckeyes in your Backyard


The Ohio State University Alumni Association is excited to announce the second year of Buckeyes in Your Backyard! This summer internship gives you a chance to engage with Ohio State graduates in your hometown. It is an opportunity for current students to connect with alumni, share Buckeye experiences, provide information on what is happening at Ohio State and the Alumni Association, and raise money for the university. Interested in fundraising, marketing, communications, higher education, sales, or other career paths? Buckeyes in Your Backyard is for you! 

Selected students will act as summer ambassadors who meet with graduates who may not already be involved with the Alumni Association to share information and collect/update their data. Interns will be assigned to select Ohio counties and tasked with securing 5-10 visits per week with local alumni/potential donors. The intent of each visit is to share updates on the university, exchange campus experiences, present engagement opportunities, and ask alumni for annual gifts of $75 to support Ohio State. Each intern will create a personal fundraising web page and give weekly updates about interactions with alumni.

Successful interns must be detail-oriented and possess excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with donors, alumni and volunteers, and be able to share their positive Ohio State experiences with others. This position requires frequent travel and may include evening and weekend work. The program runs May through August with students working a maximum of 30 hours per week. One 38-hour week of training will be included in May.

Why should you apply?

  • Work with the Alumni Association’s best and brightest on a resume-worthy project that demonstrates meaningful outcomes.
  • Give back to Ohio State while gaining experience in fundraising, relationship-building and alumni engagement.
  • Participate in one week of professional development training that will help you hit the ground running upon graduation.
  • Receive a competitive wage of $13/hour while earning a $500 BONUS after completion of the program – all while working from your hometown during the summer!
  • Receive Alumni Association-branded apparel, mileage reimbursement for travel, and a company credit card for approved program expenses.  Education/Experience:

Active enrollment as a student at Ohio State; GPA of 3.0 or greater; proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel; ability to provide own transportation to visit alumni 

University call center experience; prior fundraising or sales experience; prior paid working experience requiring customer service skills; good decision-making capabilities and judgment; general understanding of databases; excellent verbal and written communication skills; former Office of Advancement intern

We are accepting applications now!

Please contact Katie Wells, Associate Director of Annual Giving, Ohio State Alumni Association, to submit your resume/cover letter. Applications reviewed and selected on rolling basis. Phone: 614-247-8479 or email: wells.1426@osu.edu

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.