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Join students from Ohio State and central Ohio community colleges at Ohio State’s Innovation Lab for a Honda INNOVATE-O-thon; an internship over a week!


You will participate within an interdisciplinary team to create innovative solutions to support Honda’s future mobility needs. The weeklong event will provide opportunities to go from concept to prototype.


The INNOVATE-O-thon externship program welcomes a select group of students to give you the opportunity to participate in real business workshops, work with a global business leader, and put a nice touch on your resume.


All undergraduate majors and grade levels welcome.
The best innovations can be found in any discipline, from history to engineering and english to chemistry!


INNOVATE-O-thon Schedule


  • Monday, May 7th 9am – 5pm: Challenge Presentation, Ideation / Team Formation
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 5pm: Concept Refinement using Honda Processes, Proof of Concept Prototyping
  • Friday, May 11th 9am – 5pm: Finalize Content, Pitch Presentation, Awards

The Materials Innovation Lab is located in Room 218 at 1381 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


If you have any questions, you can contact Kari Roth (


  1. What is an INNOVATE-O-thon?
    An INNOVATE-O-thon gives undergraduate students from all majors a chance to get real-world experience and connections through the development of a unique product with a specific purpose. Each INNOVATE-O-thon has a particular “theme” that is chosen by the industry partners of the event and gives students the idea of the function of the product they create. At the end of the event, students are able to pitch the idea to the industry partners and receive feedback.
  2. What is an externship?
    An externship is a unique type of internship defined as on-campus partnership between students, the university, and potential employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work, which is typically of less than a week in duration.
  3. Who can participate?
    All majors and grade levels are encouraged to participate in the INNOVATE-O-thon.