Orr Fellowship - An Experience Like No Other
Become a Fellow
and Establish Your Exciting New Career and Community
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Orr Fellow Alumni Network
Tech Business Community
Diversity and Inclusion
Civic and Philanthropic Engagement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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