DICE internships attract top students

August 9, 2012

DICE interns meet with Ohio State President Dr. E. Gordon Gee, discuss internships, university life. From L-R, Jessica Walker, Alex Rossman, Jessica Block, Jodi Wildermuth, Dr. Gee, Emilie Fetheroff, Ricardo Pena, Christine Donovan, James Larcus. DICE intern Marissa Cooper not pictured.

The Development Internship for Career Exploration (DICE) pairs Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students interested in public service and non-profit work with fundraising professionals across campus. The Ohio State University Foundation, the fundraising arm of the university, hosts the competitive application paid internship.

Now in its third year, the program is firmly established as a prestige experience and is attracting top-tier students from a wide variety of study areas. Students majoring in business, public policy, law, disability studies, education, social work, psychology, human development, and agricultural education make up the summer 2012 class.

"DICE introduced me to a professional work environment and I have learned a lot about how a professional office operates,” said Jessica Block, a class of `13 consumer and family financial services major working on fundraising projects this summer at the Max M. Fisher College of Business. “I’ve also developed stronger communication skills and learned how to structure my time efficiently."

The internship has a three-pronged approach to learning, including 16 hours per week working on fundraising projects in a Foundation office or academic unit, six hours per week of classroom learning, and opportunities to develop business etiquette skills.

“DICE interns get a huge benefit from working directly with professionals,” said Ann Metzler, training and recruitment manager for The Ohio State University Foundation. “They also learn how to apply knowledge by participating in the fundraising process. We want to create a culture of philanthropy at Ohio State and improve diversity in the profession; helping students start on this career path early is beneficial to them, and a great help to the host units. It’s a win for everyone.”

“The DICE internship has taught me a lot about how a university runs,” said James Larcus, a class of ’13 education and human ecology major working in Athletics fundraising this summer, “and how fundraising is crucial to the everyday success of students, faculty, and staff.” 

Alex Rossman, a class of `13 psychology major who spent her summer working for Donor Relations at Ohio State, credits DICE with introducing her to colleagues and peers she otherwise would not have met. “I am thankful to have worked with everyone this summer and know they will serve as a network for years to come.”

Mike Basford, manager of donor reporting for Donor Relations, served as Rossman’s DICE supervisor. “Alex brought a fresh perspective to donor relations and was a huge help to the department. She had the opportunity to meet individually with many of our staff members. That kind of broad-based exposure is invaluable to students and shows them how the work we do impacts all areas of the university.”

If you are a student interested in a DICE internship, or are part of a department that would benefit from this innovative, exciting, and engaging program, visit giveto.osu.edu/DICE

Read more about the 2012 DICE class. See how the DICE programs improved the academic experience of the interns