Join the best and the brightest Buckeyes for an INNOVATE-O-thon externship: an internship over a weekend!


Our externship program gives you the opportunity to participate in real business workshops, work with a global energy leaders, and put a nice touch on your resume.


Your team will help shape OSU’s energy future by creating strategies and tactics focused on improving energy efficiency and advancing sustainable energy solutions on campus.


In January 2018, students gathered for a series of brainstorming sessions ahead of the INNOVATE-O-thon program, held Feb. 9 to 11.


Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and the student with the most out-of-the-box creative idea will win a prize. Food will be provided for the duration of the challenge and every student who participates will receive a T-shirt.


You will work in teams of 3 to 5 students to create an innovative design and compete for prizes. Students will get the chance to develop concepts and pitch to ENGIE representatives on the final day of the challenge. This challenge focuses on energy conservation and sustainability!


INNOVATE-O-thon Schedule


Friday, February 9th 5pm – 8pm: Challenge presented by ENGIE, concept brainstorming, team formation, and initial research session [dinner provided]


Saturday, February 10th 9am – 5pm*: Concept refinement, down selection, and development [breakfast and lunch provided]


Sunday, February 11th 9am – 3pm*: Finalize strategy and pitch to ENGIE [breakfast and lunch provided]


*Students are free to come and go throughout the day until 3pm when the pitch session begins for all teams.


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 (roth.570).


  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.


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