Orr Fellowship - An Experience Like No Other

Become a Fellow
and Establish Your Exciting New Career and Community

Career

A full-time paid position at an Indianapolis company. Companies provide hands-on work experience in high-growth environments and facilitate valuable connections and relationships with experienced professionals.

Commitment

Fellows and companies make a two-year commitment to the Orr program. Fellows’ #1 requirement is to do great work for their employers and companies are to provide well-rounded, challenging work experience. Fellows also commit to recruitment, active participation in Orr events and initiatives, and representing the Fellowship well in the community.

Community

Vibrant peer community as well as a robust alumni network. Orr Fellows lean on each other professionally and personally. Orr Fellows serve the Indianapolis community by connecting to a variety of causes.

Continued Learning

Orr Fellowship focuses on personal and professional development through workshops, skills enhancement, and business leader speakers. The Fellowship is mostly self-led by Fellows, which means countless opportunities for all types of leadership and experiential learning.

Career

Orr Fellowship is all about you and your two-year early career path. Your professional life will take twists and turns and you’ll be surprised at how much you will learn about yourself your first year out of school. Do great work and Orr Fellowship will be here with you along the way.

Where will you work? 130 Fellows have 130 different career paths – come find yours! Orr partner companies may be start-ups, scale-ups, or well-established. Their sizes range from five employees to tens of thousands.  

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Career (Option 1)

Commitment

You and your company will make a two-year commitment to the Orr program and each other. Fellows’ #1 requirement is to do great work for their employers and the companies are to provide well-rounded, challenging, full-time employment experiences. Fellows also commit to recruiting the next class of awesome Fellows, actively participating in Orr events and initiatives, and representing the Fellowship well in the community.

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Continued Learning

Community

Orr Fellows

You love being connected - so do we! Orr Fellowship is really like a 500-person family, and all Fellows are also assigned to smaller "Orr families" upon joining. Being a member means you have access to a variety of resources - the most important one being each other! Orr Fellows lean on each other professionally and personally across the two years and beyond.

Orr Fellow Alumni Network

Orr alumni are some of the greatest people you'll ever meet. You'll have the chance to learn from others who have been in your shoes and get tips on how to make the most of your first two years outside of college. The Alumni Advisory Council, consisting of alumni from most classes of Fellows since 2002, connects alumni for life and supports current Fellows. The MentORR program matches Fellows with alumni and resources outside of their current network.

Tech Business Community

The longer you work in the dynamic Indianapolis tech business community, trust us, the smaller and friendlier it will feel. It's a vibrant and quickly growing community of executives who support each other and love to help and mentor young professionals like Orr Fellows.

Diversity and Inclusion

Like you, we believe that black lives matter. Diversity and inclusion of black and brown communities are woven into Orr Fellowship and are vital to successfully performing its mission of recruiting and developing the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Examples of Orr focus include: Fellow and partner company recruitment, Fellow advocacy, programming and learning, and outreach. We have plenty of work still to do in this area and would love to hear your voice.

Civil and Philanthropic Engagement

Want to leave your footprint in the world? Orr Fellowship is committed to leveraging its members’ time, talent, and resources to make the community a more vibrant place to live and work. Orr Fellows cultivate lasting connections with professional organizations and nonprofits that are making a difference in Indianapolis and learn the value of servant leadership.

Beautiful Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a thriving city with a lot to offer recent college graduates like you. In fact, Indy was ranked as the "third best city for jobs" in 2020 by Glassdoor. In addition to the robust job market, the city offers tons of unique restaurants, sports venues, parks, and more that keep Orr Fellows busy when they are not at work.

Continued Learning

  1. Workshops
    Regularly scheduled workshops focus on developing you as a Fellow, both personally and professionally, through various offerings such as entrepreneurism, design thinking, Excel, personal finance, stress reduction, how to lead a meeting, graphic design, leadership techniques, etc.
  2. Skills Enhancement
    From marketing softwares to grad school test prep to coding languages, you will have the opportunity to spend a small stipend on exploring your interests further and become even more valuable to your employer. Often, Fellows choose classes or modules that equip them for a test or certify a learned skill upon completion.
  3. Leadership Opportunities
    You have leadership experience - Orr will provide more! The Fellowship is mostly self-led by Fellows, which means countless opportunities for management and experiential learning in areas like recruitment of new members, marketing, infrastructure and technology, engagement, diversity and inclusion, data analytics, finance, etc. Each year, Fellows elect a nine-member, peer-elected Fellow Leadership Team.
  4. Speaker Series
    Monthly events provide incredible opportunities to learn from some of Indiana’s most respected leaders and entrepreneurs. In the past year, we have heard from numerous C-suite executives, successful Orr alumni, and more.
  5. Personal Development
    You will benefit from two 1:1 sessions with a professional career coach during your two years. You will learn more about yourself through a personality profile assessment, helping you identify ways to become a better employee and create meaningful professional relationships. Orr also offers a variety of other personal development opportunities such as free access to a personal finance advisory service.
  6. Pitch & Case Competitions
    Similar to ABC’s Shark Tank, you will form pitch teams with other Fellows, receive plenty of instruction, and prepare original built-out business ideas. Teams then pitch to a volunteer panel of company executives. These exercises will encourage you to flex your competitive muscles while gaining valuable business skills. Case competitions are similar, but teams organize to attempt solutions to real-life challenges faced by actual companies, whose executives serve as the judges.

Life in Indy

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new city is to live right in the heart of it! You’ll be near all the bars and restaurants. You’ll have the luxury of being close to many of the downtown attractions.

Vibe: Mid-western feel with big-city amenities

Housing: Apartments or a house just north or east of downtown

What to do: Coffee shops are a common morning meeting place, go for a run on the canal, visit the zoo and the numerous museums and finish-up at the restaurants and bars on Mass Ave.

An up-and-coming cultural hub, many Fellows and Hoosiers are choosing to move here for the inexpensive housing and the music, art, and food scene.

Vibe: Creative, artistic, local

Housing: Variety of apartments but also historic homes, some recently restored (Fosq is home to HGTV show "Good Bones")

What to do: Many local breweries, arcade bar, line dancing at the theater, local music venues, and it's all connected to downtown via the Cultural Trail

A college-town vibe with affordable housing and a convenient main drag where all your coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are located. Easy commutes to both up north and downtown.

Vibe: College town

Housing: Plenty of rental houses and apartments

What to do: Breweries, college bars, running and biking on the Monon, coffee shops are a staple here too. Grab some Fellows and play a pickup game at some of the parks.

These Indy-adjacent cities are home to fewer Fellows but are home to many Orr companies. With attractions like TopGolf, wineries, and IKEA, you’ll likely find yourself heading out to them at some point.

Vibe: Midwestern small town suburb

Housing: Houses are a little more pricey than in Broad Ripple, but apartments with awesome parking and amenities are affordable

What to do: Eagle Creek Park, boutiques and restaurants on Main Street, Top Golf, IKEA

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