2019 Fellowship Students

The club is delighted to recognize the following Ohio State students who were selected to be members of our inaugural Summer Fellowship Program. These students spent the summer interning in New York City at some of the nation’s foremost companies and institutions. The students were selected for this honor based on their academic achievement and service to the university.

As members of the fellowship cohort, the students received a financial stipend, were paired with alumni mentors, and invited to a series of club-sponsored events. This program will return in 2020.

If you’re interested in providing support to a future fellowship student, please visit the club’s fund page to make a gift.

Gabi Bewie

Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

Major: Finance; Math (minor)

Internship: J.P. Morgan

Favorite NYC experience: Getting last-minute tickets to Broadway shows or spending time in Central Park .

What I gained from the fellowship program: Through the fellowship, I was connected with a mentor in the company in which I am interning, and she was able to connect me with other Buckeyes in the company. She gave great advice and was a great resource throughout my time in New York.

Madalynn Conkle

Hometown: Ashland, Ohio

Major: English; Economics

Internship: Guggenheim Museum

Favorite NYC experience: I’m constantly amazed at the vibrant, affordable art scene around me. I’ve packed my summer with plays, readings, museums, concerts and so much more.

What I gained from the fellowship program: Meeting the magnificent and thoughtful alumni through this program has excited and inspired me to become an alumna who prioritizes helping future Buckeyes find happiness in what they do.

Rosie Conti

Hometown: Niskayuna, New York

Major: Sports Industry; Business (minor)

Internship: Radegen Sports Management

Favorite NYC experience: Eating the food.

What I gained from the fellowship program: Invaluable connections in the sports industry.

Elle Cooper

Hometown: Valencia, California

Major: Marketing; Strategic Communications

Internship: Miles Kennedy

Favorite NYC experience: The diversity in New York City makes me feel at home. There is diversity in food, fashion, and people. It would take approximately 22 years to eat at every restaurant in New York City; ranging from American fast food, authentic Chinese food and dim sum (my personal favorite), to Ethiopian, Greek, and so much more. This summer I have certainly started my quest so that by the age of 50, I hope to be well versed in different foods and cultures.

What I gained from the fellowship program: I realized the value of networking and the resource The Ohio State offers to everyone, as long as you take advantage.

Madolyn Desch

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Major: International Business; Fashion & Retail

Internship: Saks Fifth Avenue

Favorite NYC experience: My favorite experience has been finding the best bakery in the city (Levain’s by far is the winner).

What I gained from the fellowship program: I have gained access to not only Ohio State alums, but also their connections at my internship. These connections are invaluable.

Jackson Edwards

Hometown: Irvington, New Jersey

Major: Fashion and Retail

Internship: Allure Eyeware

Favorite NYC experience: The New York nightlife.

What I gained from the fellowship program: A lot of insight into the different industries and job opportunities that strike my interest.

Drew Factor

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Major: Law

Internship: Lyons and Salky

Favorite NYC experience: Getting to see a lot of great theatre, including recent Best Musical Tony winner Hadestown and the second preview of Moulin Rouge.

What I gained from the fellowship program: I gained the opportunity to connect with several very helpful and kind alums who shared valuable advice with me.

Akayla Gardner

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Major: Journalism; Strategic Communication

Internship: NBC News (Today Show)

Favorite NYC experience: My favorite experience so far was going to see “Ain’t Too Proud” on Broadway and going to the Smorgasburg food festival!

What I gained from the fellowship program: The Ohio State NYC Alumni Fellowship connected me with renowned CBS News journalist, Erin Moriarty. From the first conversation I had with her, I left feeling inspired and motivated. I learned about how she has changed the lives of so many people, including freeing wrongfully convicted and unfairly sentenced prisoners. My eyes were opened to see the kind of impact that I hope to make one day is achievable. Beyond gaining a mentor, a huge financial burden has been lifted off my shoulders because of the Ohio State NYC Alumni fellowship. The stipend alleviated much of my financial stress and made a difference in my overall experience in New York City.

Sydney Hill

Hometown: Palatine, Illinois

Major: Fashion and Retail; Business (minor)

Internship: Kohl’s

Favorite NYC experience: I love to walk to Chelsea Piers and spend time outside by the water there.

What I gained from the fellowship program: I’m from the midwest, so getting to meet so many fellow Buckeyes who have made the move to the east coast really made my goals seem attainable. Connecting with other young professionals on similar paths as me was really inspiring!

Colin Mortemore

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Major: Environmental Engineering; Entrepreneurship

Internship: Fahrenheit 212

Favorite NYC experience: I went gallery hopping through Chelsea. Really cool to see all the art exhibits.

What I gained from the fellowship program: A network of people here in NYC to help connect to the city in a way you can’t without mentors. And a way for me to build a small part of home in a large place.

Akane Ohara

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Major: Marketing; Psychology; Art History (minor)

Internship: Ross Stores

Favorite NYC experience: Walking around the parks and in the city.

What I gained from the fellowship program: The opportunity to explore my career and personal opportunities in the city by connecting with those that are at different points in their career/life that have once had to make the decision to move here as well.