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April 22, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics held its Huntington Bucks Go Pro kickoff breakfast Tuesday morning at the Fawcett Center, welcoming 20 student-athletes from 12 different sports who will be interning within the athletics department this summer.

“We welcomed our new class of interns this morning and are excited to have them join us for the summer,” associate athletics director Janine Oman said. “We look forward to providing an opportunity that prepares them for life after sport.”

The intern class had its first chance to network with the supervisors from each office in the department of athletics, while also introducing themselves to their fellow peers. Executive athletic director Miechelle Willis was in attendance and welcomed the class to start the kickoff event, while John Bugner, assistant director from event management gave an overview of the summer program. Former Bucks Go Pro interns Jamie Wood, Kat Dabrowa and Dara Schnoll also spoke with the 2014 class on what to expect within the summer internship.

The internship has been restructured this year with week-to-week topics that range from “Developing Personal Brand” to “Learning to Lead.” Throughout each week, the student-athletes will listen to featured guest speakers, collaborate together to work on group projects, while also working in their specific area internship as well.  The group also will be taking a trip downtown this summer to tour Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park as part of “Meet a Professional Monday.”

The second-year intern program aims to give student-athletes valuable experience working within a university athletics department and helping them in their desired career paths. They will be working a minimum of 100 hours and will be paid $1,500 for their duties.

The five goals for the summer internship:

1. Provide the student-athletes with meaningful work experience in a professional setting;
2. Help enhance student-athletes’ resumes;
3. Teach student-athletes how to develop a network of colleagues;
4. Expand our student-athletes’ references beyond their professors and coaches; and
5. Help our student-athletes be better prepared for life after college and represent Ohio State with class in their professional endeavors.

“The ultimate goal is to supplement classroom learning with real world experience to better develop the skills needed to transition into the next phase of their life once their athletic careers are over,” Oman said.

The Class of 2014 includes: Makena Lynch (women’s swimming and diving, sport administration); Maddy McIntyre (softball, sport administration);  Alyssa Gary (women’s track and field, compliance);  Michael Henchy (men’s volleyball, human resources); Christine Easton (women’s lacrosse, development);  Nick Oddo (men’s ice hockey, event management);  Elleni Avila (spirit, camps);  Khara Walker (women’s track and field, LiFE Sports); Stacy Danczak (women’s ice hockey, athletics communications); Lauren Axcell (spirit, fan experience); Anna Lind (rowing, creative services);  Kari Schmitt (women’s ice hockey, IT);  Rowan Williams (men’s swimming and diving, business/travel); Andrew Lutz (men’s volleyball, sport performance); Travis Statchuk (men’s ice hockey, facilities); Alex Kimura (rifle, ticket office);  Ivy Horn (women’s track and field, SASSO); Billy Price (football,  golf course); Melissa Rennie (softball, Schottenstein) and Remington Lyman (rifle, Blackwell).

To view the photo album from this morning’s kickoff breakfast, click above.