Bid You Adieu
On Wednesday, July 25 the Bucks Go Pro Class of 2018 concluded our time in the internship program with our final presentations in front of coaches, staff, and supervisors. My group presented our final proposal for Buckeye Bash, and we heard from many of our peers on their research about everything from alumni engagement to changing attitudes around the use of e-tickets. We concluded the evening with food trucks in the parking lot and mingling with many of the individuals who have made the last eight weeks so special.
I think I speak for all of the interns when I say I am extremely thankful to Huntington Bank, Ohio State Athletics, SASSO and all of the people who donated their time to impact our experience this summer. Another ‘thank you’ to all of our supervisors who carved out time in their own workday to teach us a little bit about what they do and help us grow. A personal shout out to my supervisor, Kyle Kuhlman, and the rest of the Athletics Communications staff for allowing me to be a part of the team.
Besides the professional experience gained, the opportunity to meet other student-athletes in the program was extremely valuable. Because of the nature of teams, differing seasons, and spread-out training facilities, it is rare we get exposure to student-athletes outside our programs’ bubbles. Friendships were built and memories were made, and I am grateful for the community that being a student-athlete at this institution provides.
On a more personal note, I am very excited to be continuing as a student assistant during the upcoming academic year with Athletics Communications. I’ll get to assist the communications staff with the coverage of all things Buckeyes, and I’ll have the opportunity to assist specifically with the national champion Synchronized Swimming team. Bucks Go Pro led me to this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started!
Eight weeks came and went much faster than I anticipated. I could not have asked for a better summer internship program, and feel so lucky to be a student-athlete at an institution dedicated to our development in all facets. Thank you for following along throughout the program this summer. I guess there’s only one thing left to say … GO BUCKS!
Last Monday Blog Post 🙁
Today marked the last Monday professional development session of the internship program. It’s hard to believe we’ve covered everything from personal identity to financial literacy, but today we rounded out the latter by playing a game called Cashflow 101 to put our finance knowledge to the test. The game was a mix of Monopoly and Life and hit us with some financial curveballs we didn’t see coming.
Cashflow 101 is described as “a game designed by investor, businessman, and self-help author Robert Kiyosaki to serve as a tool for learning basic financial strategies and accounting principles.”
We were broken up into groups of six to play the educational board game. Each player randomly selected a profession, and was given a set of expenses, predetermined income, and liabilities. The goal was to balance our financial assets so our passive income exceeded that of our total expenses. There were various strategies to the game, like purchasing shares of stock at a low price and selling when profit was foreseeable and purchasing real estate.
There were also moves to make to decrease our liabilities, so we saved up some of our income to pay off basic expenditures that had been predetermined such as school loans, credit card debt, and home mortgage. Occasionally, a player even landed on a space where a child was thrown into the mix which predictably increased expenses by a significant amount.
The end goal of the game was to reach the fast track and be able to spend money less frugally and purchase our ‘dream’ which we selected at the beginning of the game. There were a few people who reached fast track status, but a majority of us spent three-and-a-half hours figuring out how to balance our assets and liabilities, a challenge we will undoubtedly face in the real world as well.
While I don’t expect to roll a dice and be gifted a child or suddenly be forced to purchase a $7,000 boat, this morning was a good test of our financial terminology knowledge and exposure to weighing the pros and cons of certain financial opportunities.
Wednesday will round out our summer internship program when we present our group projects to the athletics department and conclude our experience in Bucks Go Pro.
Today the Bucks Go Pro interns learned about the important and timely topic of financial literacy. Makena Lynch and Katie Chokreff led this morning’s session. Mackena was actually a Bucks Go Pro intern in 2014, and now works for the athletics department full-time as an Assistant Director of Camps & Clinics. Katie is an Assistant Director of Fan Experience and Promotions at Ohio State.
We were informed of tips and tricks to keep a balanced budget and be responsible about our money, an important topic considering we will need to budget and spend our summer income wisely since many student-athletes do not have the time to get a job during the school year.
We also learned that a budget can change from month to month depending on specific expenditures. It caused me to reflect and think about my personal budget, or lack thereof. Luckily, we were also informed of an app called Mint that can connect to a bank account and monitor spending by categorizing purchases. The user can set a budget for each category including restaurants, clothing, and auto services, and once that budget has been exceeded receive a push notification.
We also created a sample monthly budget to practice planning ahead, a skill that makes all the difference when being responsible about spending. We estimated how much money we would realistically and practically need to spend on different areas such as rent, shopping, groceries, and fun activities.
One of the most entertaining activities was an adaptation of Price Is Right…. Home goods style. Many interns were shocked at the price of toilet paper.
“No one ever thinks of the practical ways to spend money, especially in college and it was interesting to hear different tips on how to be better prepared financially for when our college career ends,” CJ Jackson, Men’s Basketball player and Bucks Go Pro intern said.
Um, What is Your Presentation?
This morning we gathered at what has become home over the past few weeks, the Jack Nicklaus Museum, to learn from a master of presentation.
Dr. Mark Ankerman is a senior lecturer in the Fisher College of Business. He specializes in communication techniques and HR training and has an impressive resume to back him. One of the first things he did was make us hyper aware of our use of filler words like “um” and “uh.” Of course, using these filler words has become such a common practice it takes much more than a professional development session to fix. However, Dr. Ankerman invested his time this morning in developing our presentation skills and giving us tips on how to improve.
After spending two hours discussing strategy, we moved onto giving our mock presentations. Besides working in our internship areas this summer, the interns have also been assigned to a group project with other student-athletes in the program. At the culmination of the program next week, we will present our projects to the athletics department in the Fawcett Center auditorium. Projects range from researching student-athletes’ attitudes towards fitness performance monitoring devices in collegiate sports to planning Buckeye road trips for student-athlete development.
My group project this summer has been planning the annual Buckeye Bash. This is an event that takes place in August for all student-athletes with food, games, and giveaways to kick-off the year for Athletics and allow the Athletics community to informally meet. We have been working hard the past six weeks to improve upon the already successful event that took place last year and have a few fun changes we will present next week.
Dr. Ankerman and the SASSO team gave us very constructive feedback we plan to build off of to improve our presentation before next week in front of our coaches, peers, and athletics department staff. It was interesting to hear what everyone has been working on this summer, and I am looking forward to making the most of our last few weeks with the program.
Rogue Fitness Visit
We took a site visit to Rogue Fitness, a company closely affiliated with Ohio State Athletics. Much of the equipment in the weight training rooms come from Rogue Fitness, the founder’s wife was a former Buckeye basketball player, and wrestling legend Kyle Synder enjoys a sponsorship from the company. Rogue was founded on strong work ethic and commitment to quality, both aspects that have contributed to their success in recent years.
The company was created in 2006 and is a leader in manufacturing strength and conditioning equipment. With headquarters located in Columbus, Ohio, the company has deep roots in the community. They have had exponential growth in recent years, exploding to boast 600 employees in just 10 years. The growth is not done yet, however, and we heard all about the company’s commitment to excellence during our site visit this morning.
We were taken on a tour of the brand-new Rogue Fitness headquarters located just ten minutes from campus. Interns got the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the company and what makes it successful, seeing everything from the HR department to the area where the equipment for the next Crossfit Games are being designed and manufactured.
The company has a special culture, one that is centered around humility and a can-do attitude. It makes sense that multiple former Ohio State student-athletes are currently employed with the company, as our culture echoes those same sentiments.
We were educated on the career opportunities within the company and even got to hear from a few of the student-athletes that now work for the company. Rob, who was a member of the swim team at Ohio State, and Sydney, a former Bucks Go Pro intern and member of the women’s soccer team, sat down to talk to us and share insight after our tour.
Sydney was actually connected with Caity Henninger, the former women’s basketball player for Ohio State, during the speed-networking event for Bucks Go Pro interns when she took part in the program. When she started looking for opportunities after graduation, she came across an HR opening for Rogue fitness and decided to apply. Contacting Caity from the email she had given her during the speed networking event, Sydney soon found herself with an interview and an eventual job offer from the company. She loves the community and investment the company has in their employees, and is thankful to Bucks Go Pro for giving her an internship experience that expanded her network and led her to where she is today.
Business cards were collected and networks were expanded as another week in the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program began. It’s hard to believe we are on week six of eight already. After developing skills to articulate our personal brand and identities in the previous weeks, our skills were put to the test in a speed networking event.
This morning we kicked off networking week with the SASSO team at the Fawcett Center. We talked about the importance of networking and changing up our routine to meet new people, but also the importance of keeping the relationships we create with individuals warm. By nurturing these relationships and keeping in contact, our connections are made more aware of our goals and ambitions and are better equipped to help us get there.
After we brainstormed ways to expand our network, we were assigned with the task of examining another intern’s social media profiles. We first had to write down three qualities we would attribute to them through our face-to-face interactions. We then had to analyze their social media profiles and see if our attributions remained consistent or not, and leave feedback for the student-athlete.
The HBGP class then participated in a speed networking event where different professionals from the community, university, and athletics department volunteered their time to talk to us about their career paths and learn a little about ours. We had the privilege of talking to seven professionals for seven minutes each in small groups. We were then allotted time to network with the other professionals, or continue to network with people we had talked to, over appetizers for a social hour.
Professionals ranged from Luke Fedlam, attorney at Porter Wright, to Dave Kaufman, the CEO of Motorists Insurance Group. While the backgrounds were diverse, they all had valuable information to share to us aspiring professionals. Many people emphasized the need to be open to career opportunities outside of our current visions, as many people fell into career paths they didn’t know existed.
Bucks in the Community
This morning all the Bucks Go Pro interns gave back to the Columbus community through three different service trips. We were split into groups that either went to the Van Buren Shelter for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, or Southside Learning and Development Center. Twenty-one interns and I had the privilege of working with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization that works across 50 states and approximately 70 countries to provide places to live to those in impoverished communities. We worked alongside retired AEP employees who are active with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Adan and his family.
Adan is an immigrant from Somalia and has been working alongside volunteers to help build his home. With four kids aged 11, 10, 8, and 1, Adan’s family will easily fill the four-bedroom home once it is completed. Working in a factory seven days a week, Adan finds any time he can to help the volunteers build his living space and one-car garage.
Once the home is completed, Habitat will work with Adan and his wife to figure out an affordable mortgage that will only take a portion of their household income so that the family has enough money left over for groceries and other necessary expenses.
We helped build the walls of the garage, a small portion of the work that will be completed by selfless volunteers to finish the home in the coming months. Interns hammered away all morning, assembling the support structure for the modest garage that will accompany the home.
“It was really cool to get the opportunity to help out a family in need and make a difference right here in Columbus,” Maria Coy, a member of the Women’s Swimming team, said.
At the Van Buren Shelter for the Homeless, half of the interns pulled fresh vegetables from the garden and washed them for the kitchen while the other half sorted through donated inventory, like towels and toothpaste, so that the materials could be distributed throughout the shelter.
Other interns worked at the Reeb Avenue Center, an institution that strives to transform lives of those in the community by offering different services and assistance to a community in need. The Southside Learning and Development program in particular works to educate children from six-months to six years old on one floor, adults on the other, and a houses a boys and girls club for preteens and young adults on the third to make an impact on every age group.
The community service day had an impact on every intern, and many said they were eager to find out how to get more involved in the projects they were assigned to. Working to make a difference in the community we call home was a morning well spent, and thank you to every organization working together to make Columbus a great place to live. We are all grateful to have been a small part it this morning.
Tips for Success
Today we heard from Ed Roberts, Kristin Watt, and Tom Bridgon. All come from vastly different backgrounds and professions but they all have one thing in common: success. They shared their stories with us through small group discussion.
Roberts is the Chief of Staff for Columbus City Council President. Previously, he was the Development Coordinator for the Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers and Central Ohio Representative for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Growing up with a politician for a father, he thought he wanted to be as far away from the profession as possible. His undergraduate degrees were in Economics and English, but he slowly found his way back to politics. Roberts emphasized the need to be committed to your craft, to be able to listen and be open to ideas regardless of the source, and to keep the work ethic we have acquired as student-athletes.
Kristin Watt had a personal connection to the group. She played basketball at Ohio State, went to law school at Ohio State, and still remains active in the community through her role on the Board of Directors. Her career path was tumultuous; she had little work experience upon graduation, not a clear direction of what she wanted to do, and she did poorly on her LSAT. After utilizing her self-advocacy skills with the Dean of the Law School at the time, she was able to secure a spot to continue her education. She now practices environmental law, and credits a lot of her success to things she learned through her sport.
We also met with Tom Brigdon, CEO of North Star Realty. The number one skill he emphasized was the ability to be confident enough in ourselves to walk up and talk to anyone about anything. People skills are the foundation of success and the ability to stay humble is also vital.
All three individuals echoed similar lessons about our undergraduate degrees. Their messages all intersected at the realization they had come to that the majority of our knowledge will come from hard work and failure in the real-world versus the major on our diplomas.
Patrick Klein also walked us through an exercise to clarify our answers to the ever popular interview opener, “Tell us about yourself.” By being able to clearly articulate who we are, we can better set ourselves apart from other candidates and fluidly express what is important to us.
Presentation is Everything
This morning we met outside of Ohio Stadium and had the privilege of hearing from Patrick Klein. Klein is the Associate Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team at Ohio State. He is also an Ohio State graduate and an Ohio native. Beyond his coaching abilities, Klein has an impressive resume that includes starting his own business at the young age of 19, extensive charity work through his own foundation called iBELIEVE, and success in the real estate business.
To start the morning, we were split into teams of seven. Klein then began a mock draft before instructing us to come up in our draft order and take supplies from a host of diverse materials ranging from marshmallows to children’s puzzles. Without direction for what the materials were for, many groups chose blindly. We were then told to create a structure that would support the fall of an egg from a platform roughly 15 feet high while preventing the egg from cracking. Luckily, many of the groups had materials to cushion the fall like kitchen rags, paper towels, and cotton balls. Unfortunately, the puzzle pieces proved to be worthless.
Only one group successfully prevented the egg from cracking during the first round, largely due to the inability to aim accurately enough to get the egg to drop near the structure. The second time around, many more groups were successful.
The second part of the day was spent selling lemonade on campus. Each group was given two lemonade mixes and a Gatorade container with ice and water inside to mix the lemonade, with the exception of the losing team from the previous challenge, who only had one container of mix. Each teampicked a charity to raise money for, and carry the Gatorade container around campus testing our sales pitches while asking for donations. The charities ranged from Special Olympics to Make-A-Wish. The team who won got to donate all the money that was raised to their charity.
After walking around campus and facing the adversity that comes with the modern trend of not carrying cash, $597.87 was raised for the Special Olympics.
During our reflection, Klein asked us about our strategies for selling the lemonade. He asked if any of us led our pitches by introducing ourselves as student-athletes. Interestingly, no group utilized this strategy, possibly because we have spent two weeks exploring our identities outside of being athletes. However, Patrick challenged us to think whether or not this could have increased our sales and also challenged us to capitalize on our assets as individuals. Essentially, it is important to have diverse identities but also important to know when to emphasize specific parts of ourselves.
“Before you approach the sale, you have to think about what it is that makes you different — the single most powerful thing is presentation. So, what are you doing to build these skills?” Klein asked.
We will utilize these presentation skills Wednesday when we have the opportunity to meet different CEOs from around the Columbus area.
Peak of Influence
Day 2 of personal branding focused on storytelling, sharing our identities outside of being athletes, capitalizing on our influence, and the branding of our teams.
The biggest takeaway of Day 2 was to have a story regardless of how deep, compelling, or unique that story is. Sam Silverman, a member of the OSU FootbalL Creative Media team, talked about the curve of influence we have as student-athletes. Many people who care about our social media presence now, may not upon graduation. By utilizing our network, we can use social media as a tool to amplify our message if that’s what we want to do.
Maddie McIntyre, a former Ohio State Softball player and current Assistant Director of Development, echoed these thoughts and spoke about strategically pivoting interview questions to expand on our identity outside of sports. The team stressed that social media can be a useful tool, but it is not integral to success. Regardless of if our current followers may have connections to advance our goals, the simple act of retweeting could expand our audience tenfold.
“Your level of influence is unreal right now. I go to watch the softball team and no one even remembers I was shortstop for four years. The influence goes away the day you walk off. People are listening to you right now, and it may be the only time in your life you will have such a broad group of people doing that,” McIntyre said.
Professionally, the team stressed the need to make our goals known in the workplace. If your coworkers know where you want to go, they can better assist in getting you there. Attending a university with a living alumni network of over 500,000 also offers its own unique benefits. Even if we don’t know what the exact end goals of our careers are yet, it is just as important to figure out what we do not want to do. It takes the weight off of student-athletes’ shoulders during performance if we know what we want in other spheres of life.
We also had a discussion on culture and team brands of our athletic teams. The group agreed that the most successful team cultures are player-driven and deliver on the promises made. It has less to do with a fancy logo, and more to do with a reputation.
What’s Your Brand?
Branding is extremely important in today’s professional world. Ohio State, and specifically Ohio State Athletics, may arguably be one of the most successful entities at this trade when compared to the competition. The Ohio State is known world-wide as an elite institution that breeds successful scholars, professionals, athletes, and entrepreneurs.
Today we got to hear from a few different individuals that play a role in the branding of Ohio State Athletics. We heard from Sammy Silverman, an industrial design graduate of Ohio State, responsible largely for the branding of the football program and the student-athletes within it. Tyler Jones, Assistant AD of Fan Engagement also offered insight on building our personal brand. Silverman created the program called Brand U, originally created as a recruiting tool, has helped football players to identify and create their own brand in preparation for post-graduate life. The program is now expanding to impact all student-athletes on campus.
The topic of personal branding built upon the foundation we created during Identity Week. By already identifying who we are and who we want to be, we were able to process the assistance the Brand U team provided about best practices and finding ways to promote ourselves. They talked us through the process of creating our brand, and how to break out of the rigid box that can sometimes come with being a student-athlete.
Social media is a large component of personal branding, and Dana Lewin and Dani Dean from the digital media team shared their knowledge on this topic with us as well. The two and their team are in charge of overseeing all Ohio State Athletics and Brutus Buckeye social media accounts.
“You don’t just represent you. You represent THE Ohio State University, you represent your team, you represent your family, and you represent your coaches.” Lewin, Digital Visual Specialist, said.
Dana and Dani reminded us to treat every social media interaction as a potential job interview question. With this in mind, reflection becomes a key step in deciding whether or not to post.
Combining the information from both teams, it becomes apparent that there is a need to be intentional about how we present ourselves in all facets of life to make sure we are maintaining a consistent brand and representing ourselves, and our University, well. Changing our demeanor or level of professionalism in different environments is not only okay, but natural. However, the overarching persona we embody should be something we can be proud of.
Who Will You Be?
As promised, this morning’s programming focused heavily on our ideal self. By being able to articulate who we want to be, we can better give purpose to our everyday lives, even when it seems mundane. We utilized what we discovered about ourselves Monday (June 11; see below) by contrasting that with who we want to be in order to better understand how to bridge the gap. We began the day’s activities by writing our own eulogies. While this was a heavy start to our day, it helped set the tone for the discussion.
“Are you living for your eulogy? Or are you living for your resume?” was the question Jamie Woods posed to the group.
The sports psychology team and Woods talked about the need for balance. While we cannot be continually focused on our legacy and living life to the fullest extent flamboyantly, we also should not make decisions strictly based off advancing our professional image. There needs to be a give and take so that we can achieve our mission statement, something we also crafted in this morning’s sessions.
The facilitators of Identity Week also challenged us to think of these concepts outside of our athletic identities. Because our sports have offered us such a wide range of opportunities, challenges, and experiences, it is easy to revert to our athletic identities when spending time reflecting.
We were given a worksheet in which we had to identify what gets us up in the morning and what keeps us up at night. It was hard to conceptualize, and then simplify, the reason for these two things. Many interns stated their pursuit of excellence or desire to get incrementally better for getting up in the morning, I decided on the opportunity to do something new and exciting.
Appropriately, we ended the morning by talking about the act of reflecting; how we need to set time to intentionally do it and how to effectively do it. There are steps to this process beginning with identifying something we do well, what we can do better, and how to learn from it. Dr. Houle brought to our attention that as athletes we tend to spend an outrageous amount of time in the second step, picking apart our failures rather than moving on to how we can learn from it. “There is value in understanding yourself — knowing who I am, knowing how I got to where I’m at, and knowing where I want to go,” Woods said.
What Are Your Values? What Are You Grateful For? What Are Your Strengths?
We all may have been asked these questions before in several different venues of life. Many young professionals have struggled to conjure up an adequate answer in an interview setting either because it is hard to encompass who we are in a few short sentences, because they lack diversification, or simply because they haven’t given the question enough forethought. This morning’s HBGP programming was focused on how to fluidly articulate who we are outside of our athletic identity, but also how to use who we are to our advantage in our athletic competitions.
Members of the sports psychology team facilitated the process of identifying who we are. All of the individuals leading us through discussion were once Ohio State student-athletes, which added an additional level of understanding to the process. Dr. Graef and Jamie Wood were members of the football team, Kelsey Wood and Makena Lynch were members of the women’s swim team, and Dr. Houle was on the men’s gymnastics team. Jamie and Makena were also interns for Huntington Bucks Go Pro in the first and second year of the program, respectively.
“What I can tell you from my experience being on the other side of an interview, when someone wants a job, when they are able to talk about who they are, their identity, and can tell me, fluidly, what they value is usually when I step back and say, `Wow, this person is on it,'” Dr. Houle said.
Jamie led us through our first activity; creating vision boards using magazine cut-outs, paper, and glue to define us. After sifting through magazines, I was able to find pictures that represented parts of who I am. I chose text words such as American, because I come from a very patriotic military family, and squad, to illustrate the importance of friendships in my life.
Next, we were given a stack of cards with different values on them. We were instructed to sort them into very important, important, and not important piles. Words such as independence, humility, family, world peace, and industry all were among the stack. We were then challenged to rank the values in our most important category, and settle on a top three. Through process of elimination and critical-thinking, all of the interns identified their three core values, and discussed it with a student-athlete sitting next to them.
We also took a test called the VIA Survey of Character Strengths Assessment, a 240-question assessment that utilizes positive psychology to identify strengths such as zest and enthusiasm, humor and playfulness, kindness and generosity, and social intelligence. In small group discussion we talked about how to use our top five strengths in our athletic, academic, and professional lives.
To end the day, Dr. Houle talked about being thankful, and we were challenged to write a letter of gratitude. This letter was to be addressed to someone who may not know the impact they have had on us. The list of recipients ranged from college coaches who had not offered athletes scholarships, leading them to their home at Ohio State, to moms and dads. I wrote my letter to my coach, who has impacted me both athletically and personally and has been unwavering in her investment in my growth.
This morning’s programming was an opportunity to better define who we are as individuals and introspectively think about what we value not only as athletes, but as people. Wednesday’s programming will focus on who we want to be, and look forward to the legacy we want to leave behind.
HBGP Interns Spend the Morning at the Outdoor Recreation Center
Today all the interns gathered at the Outdoor Recreation Center on campus for our second day of programming. The “ARC”, as many students call it, is a hidden gem on campus that houses a workout facility as well as rock climbing walls. Thankfully for our athletic trainers, we spent the day doing much less strenuous activities.
We started out the morning by what our ARC leader affectionately referred to as “breaking social boundaries.” He announced that we would be nose jousting to start our day off, and the room fell silent with confusion. As it turns out, nose jousting involved placing a piece of rolled tape to each of our noses and then challenging a fellow intern to touch the pieces of tape together. This was done repeatedly to see which intern would end up with the biggest collection of tape. Although we were quite confused by the objective, it definitely broke boundaries.
Since many of us are still getting to know each other, the next activity was created with the goal for us to learn more of our peers’ names. After we had been split into two groups, each group stood on either side of a tarp that was being held up by two ARC leaders. The challenge was to send one teammate from each team to the front of the group. Once the tarp was dropped, whoever could identify the individual’s name standing on the other side, won. After many unsuccessful rounds, the group started to match faces with names.
The rest of the three-hour morning was spent playing games that challenged our communication, problem-solving, and teamwork abilities. The amazing race got quite competitive. This was a series of stations set up around the building with the goals of accuracy and speed to advance to the next station. I hate to inform everyone that my group finished dead last after a difficult start on the tricycles. I would like to note, however, that we believe our bike was defective and we made up for our lack of speed in style and enthusiasm.
The events of this morning pushed us to get to know our fellow student-athletes in the program and think about challenges differently. By the time the morning had culminated, each of us had undoubtedly laughed a little and learned a lot about the Bucks Go Pro intern class of 2018.
Huntington Bucks Go Pro Class of 2018 Kicks Off Summer Internship Program
Ohio State has been a leader in expanding the inclusivity of the word `sport’ as it relates to university opportunities. Thirty-six sports, nearly 1,200 student-athletes get to wear the Block O and represent this great university across America in their respective competitions, one of the largest Athletics departments in the nation. The Athletics department is so widely renowned that the chance for us student-athletes to learn what makes it special at the foundational level is an amazing opportunity for aspiring professionals and professional athletes alike.
That is exactly what the Huntington Bucks Go Pro internship offers. Forty-five student-athletes across 23 different sports, both program records, were lucky enough to be selected for the opportunity to be a part of the sixth class of Huntington Bucks Go Pro interns. Spread across departments to learn skills applicable to our future careers, we will be working to gain real-life experience from several supervisors generous enough to share their knowledge with us. We will get the chance to become acquainted with renowned professionals, brands, and companies, as well as fellow student- athletes, to expand both our professional and personal network.
Today we met at the Jack Nicklaus museum to begin the eight-week journey.
My name is Alyssa Jacobs and I am entering my junior year at Ohio State and my third year as a member of the Dance Team. I am majoring in Public Affairs Journalism and minoring in Political Science and Business, and will be working within the Athletics Communications department this summer.
The morning was filled with ice-breakers and activities to get to know our peers. We also had the privilege of hearing from Scoonie Penn, Director of Player Development for the Men’s Basketball program and Diana Sabau, Executive Associate Athletics Director. Both echoed similar messages of the value of the program and advice for young professionals.
Scoonie spoke about his personal experience entering into the professional world. After playing basketball at the professional level for 11 years, when it was time to enter the workforce he felt 11 years behind. He ended with a piece of advice for us.
“Ask questions, take notes, and never take the opportunity for granted,” Penn said.
Diana composed a list of tips for us to take into our professional lives. Among them were to manage our energy, not our time, challenge people to think differently, and to read the room to be successful. She emphasized the uniqueness of the program, as most universities that have similar student-athlete internship programs have built them off of HBGP.
“This opportunity for you is a chance to stretch yourself, for you to squeeze yourself, and for you to make sure you can reach down and pick up people below you, because life is truly about service and relationships,” Diana said.
On behalf of all the interns I would like to extend a huge thank you to Huntington Bank as well as Ohio State Athletics, and all the people involved in the planning and implementation of what it takes to keep a program of this scale running and thriving. Stay tuned this summer to keep up with the HBGP class of 2018!