ODI Corporate Relationships

In the early 1970s, the (then) Office of Minority Affairs began hosting its Career & Job Fair, running successfully for 41 years.

Despite the cold and blustery day, the 41st Annual Career and Job Fair brought over 1100 Ohio State students – upcoming and recent graduates from all majors – to the Ohio Union on January 29, 2014 for a chance to speak with representatives from over 85 different companies as varied as Land O’Lakes, Inc. and the United States Department of State. Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Job Fair Student Association at The Ohio State University, the fair was open to all students and is the largest such event at Ohio State and one of the largest in the region. The format of the Job and Career Fair allowed organizations to meet students on the first day theninvited promising candidates back the next day for an interview.

For some companies, it was the first year they participated in the Career and Job Fair; many other organizations have returned year after year, stating that at each fair, they always find highly-qualified candidates to fill positions within their organizations. Students who attended the 2014 event said that they were happy to be able to talk to so many different organizations in one place and that being able to interview the next day with companies that wanted to see them was invaluable.

In this academic year, ODI moves from a traditional “career fair” to a number of annual career building and networking activities - for ODI Scholars and other contributing students - that will connect them to corporations.  On January 28, 2015, ODI will host the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Corporate and ODI Scholar Symposium, an inaugural event that will cultivate meaningful exchanges. The Symposium presents our scholar students with a unique opportunity to network and mingle with role models who have “sat where they sit” and are now in successful careers. In addition, the Symposium will offer our corporate partners the opportunity to meet and network with some of ODI’s brightest scholars.


Photos courtesy of Greg Williams, ODI.