Week of networking activities engages hundreds of students and industry members

Four students listen to an industry member

The Center for Aviation Studies’ 2023 Networking Week and Industry Night was held October 16-20 on the campus of The Ohio State University. The week of annual events involved hundreds of students seeking career-boosting information and opportunities. Eighteen sponsors – including top-level sponsors NetJets and Vista Global Holding – engaged students through tabling events, special presentations and more.

“Aviation industry night is one of the highlights of the academic year where we show off our students to their future employers,” said center Director Blake Stringer, PhD. “The students themselves organize, fundraise and execute this annual event. It’s such a great way for them to network and showcase their enthusiasm and talent!"

A group of five students standing together
Student event co-organizers, left to right: Jonathan Guo, Ellie Harper, Nathan Schmidt, Joseph Nowak and Sarah Long

This year’s offerings were once again expanded to be even more impactful than before. Students from aviation programs in the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences and Fisher College of Business attended. The gatherings also included alumni, faculty and staff participants.

During Aviation Industry Night, the largest event of the week, over 300 students were able to interact with recruiters from across the aviation industry, as well as glean insights from presenters during fireside chats. Sponsors shared scholarship opportunities, career pathway details and career and internship information.

“Aviation Industry Night is always the highlight of our Annual Aviation Networking Week, providing a bridge between students and the industry in order to inspire the professionals of tomorrow,” said Joseph Nowak, student co-organizer. “Getting quality time to meet with recruiters and build relationships with companies they are interested in is a great resource that we are able to provide students here at Ohio State.”

Students walking towards a business jet on display
Business aviation event

New this year was a business aviation event held at The Ohio State University Airport. Participants enjoyed networking with local professionals from multiple companies and a presentation by Priester Aviation. The evening also featured a tour of a Gulfstream G450 business jet.

Student co-organizer, Nathan Schmidt, shared his key takeaways from the week-long activities. "The most influential advice I received was how important the role of networking is in the aviation industry,” he said. “This week of events presents an amazing opportunity for students to learn about companies from all areas of the aviation industry and find their dream jobs."

Thanks to sponsors, the events were all admission free. In addition to turbine-level sponsors NetJets and Vista Global Holding, piston-level sponsors were Air Transport Services Group, Aviate by United Airlines, EJM and FlightSafety International. Glider-level sponsors were Air Line Pilots Association, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Delta Air Lines, Endeavor Air, Envoy, Machine Industries, Ohio Aviation Association, Ohio State Aviation Alumni Society, Republic Airways, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Tradewind.

Information about next year’s Aviation Industry Night will be available in autumn 2024. Questions or comments about the events may be sent to aviation@osu.edu.

An exhibit hall filled with people networking
Aviation Industry Night was held at the university's Fawcett Center


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