FAQs

  1. How long does the Orr Fellowship last?
    Orr Fellows commit to a full-time, salaried position for two full years with their host companies. Spring graduation Fellows will begin working no later than June 16, 2018 and December graduation Fellows will begin no later than January 13, 2018.
  2. What majors can apply?
    Orr Fellows come from all backgrounds and areas of study. Current fellows majored in everything from business to engineering to English literature to chemistry. The Fellowship highly values passion and potential, so go ahead and apply!
  3. Can I apply if I didn't go to school in Indiana?
    Short answer: absolutely! While the Fellowship actively recruits in Indiana and Ohio at this time, it is always looking for talented individuals from any school. There are a number of Fellows from other states' schools. If Orr Fellowship sounds like a great fit for you, feel free to be a trailblazer and apply.
  4. Can I apply if I go to a school in Indiana not represented by current fellows?
    Applicants are happily accepted from all accredited schools. Reach out to us and we will connect you with a specific Fellow who will be a great resource for all of your questions.
  5. Can I be a part of the Orr Fellowship if I am an International Student?
    International students are welcome to apply, but are responsible for all costs to obtain and maintain a work visa for two years. Be sure to make a detailed investigation of the U.S. Dept of State's rules and requirements.
  6. What is the recruitment process to become an Orr Fellow?
  7. How will I be actually placed with my host company?
    After various Orr Fellowship recruitment activities throughout September and October, host companies review the finalists’ application materials and select those they wish to interview based on predicted fit, much like any other hiring situation. On Finalist Day in early November, candidates interview with four or five companies.  The companies rank their top choices (and you rank yours, for use when multiple companies desire the same candidate) and then the beautiful pairings of applicants and host companies begin. Offers are extended that very night.
  8. So I made Finalist Day. Does that mean I'll be an Orr Fellow?
    Unfortunately, not everyone who attends Finalist Day will be offered a position with a host company. In November 2015, 73% of the candidates at Finalist Day ended up forming the class of 2016.
  9. Who are these host companies and how are they selected?
    Orr Fellowship host companies are carefully vetted and selected by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The specific host companies selected for each year are announced at the Reception on the Circle (ROTC) in November. Current host companies can be seen here.
  10. How are Orr Fellows paid?
    Each Orr Fellow holds a full-time, salaried position with his or her host company. A Fellow’s host company is responsible for providing the salary and basic benefits, and all Orr Fellows are compensated evenly within each year’s class. The pre-set salary is non-negotiable, but rest assured that Orr Fellows are compensated competitively.
  11. Does the Orr Fellowship provide housing?
    Orr Fellowship does not provide housing. It’s common for Orr Fellows to live with other Fellows, and you can find them scattered all over downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple and the neighboring suburbs.
  12. What can I expect to be involved in as an Orr Fellow?
    As an Orr Fellow, you will have the opportunity to network with the top executives in Indianapolis through lunches, exclusive talks, and collaborations such as case competitions and business pitches. Orr Fellows also participate in a thoughtful curriculum to further your skillset, including personalized certification opportunities, business and leadership courses and workshops, community engagement, and service opportunities. Orr Fellows also tend to spend a lot of time together outside of Fellowship events. You can find more information about how they spend their days in Indy here.
  13. What do Orr Fellows do after their Orr Fellowship experience?
    Some follow their entrepreneurial dreams and start their own companies (often with other Orr Fellows), and end up hiring future Fellows. Most love their experience so much that they negotiate new positions within their same host company. Past Orr Fellows have also found jobs with other host companies and Indianapolis start-ups through networking during their fellowship, while others have sought to continue their education. Masters, PhD and Law programs are just some of the places Orr Fellows have landed. Check in with some of our Fellow Alumni over on the Success Stories.