Alyssa Jacobs, an Athletics Communications intern and member of the Ohio State dance team, is diving deeper into the internships of fellow Huntington Bucks Go Pro participants this summer. This edition circles around Michael Chan (gymnastics) and his time at ‘The Schott.’
Michael Chan is a redshirt sophomore on the Men’s Gymnastics team with distinctive career aspirations. In a world of career rigidity, Chan is fitting into his own professional mold.
Chan is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Music Media Enterprise. Although the two degrees together may seem like an odd combo, they complement each other quite nicely for Chan’s career plan.
“My three main interests are business, the music industry, and environmental protection. If I could find a way to merge all three that would be perfect, but right now the goal is to plan music festivals and deal with the event logistics or work with record labels,” Chan said.
The Huntington Bucks Go Pro program is helping Chan explore this industry. In his position at the Schottenstein Center, Michael is working with Gary O’Brien helping with video and podcast editing and planning concerts. This past weekend, Chan had the opportunity to assist the marketing staff with the Sam Smith concert. In the future he will be helping with marketing, booking, security, and production for other large-scale concerts like Taylor Swift and Radiohead.
“One of my favorite parts of setting up these concerts and working behind the scenes is seeing all the work that goes into bringing everyone together to have a good time at such high-profile concerts.”
The music industry is really hard to break into and, just like anything else, it’s all about who you know. It’s really hard to just reach out and apply for internships like this online because they are filled internally. The opportunity to be involved at The Schott and network with other venues in the Columbus-area is an opportunity I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” Chan said.
Chan spent May studying his third interest in Australia: the environment. There he took a Human Impacts and the Natural Environment class studying climate change, wildlife, history and culture as well as other related topics. Chan said that because Australia is such a unique environment, there are special things that happen in relation to climate change that he would not be able to study in America.
Both of Chan’s parents attended Notre Dame, and although it was hard to choose anywhere over his parents’ Alma Mater, Chan fell in love with the OSU environment. In a time where many institutions have one claim to fame in either the athletic, academic, or social scene, Michael was impressed with Ohio State’s rankings in all three.
One of Chan’s favorite memories as a Buckeye is attending the TTUN football game his first year at Ohio State. Experiencing ‘The Game’ with his teammates and seeing Ohio State pride and culture firsthand was something he will never forget. His other favorite memory was hosting Oklahoma last year. The meet came down to the last event and although the Buckeyes fell to the No. 1-ranked Sooners, Chan noted it was fun to see them sweat and to watch the team band together.
As a member of the Men’s Gymnastics team, Chan learned a new kind of social intelligence. The ability to read a room and adapt professionally to talk to diverse individuals has been something that the team has instilled in him. He has also appreciated the leadership programming Ohio State offers, as he believes that is a crucial skill to have.
Chan is looking forward to running for team captain of the Men’s Gymnastics team this fall and stepping into a leadership role as an upperclassmen. He is also looking forward to getting to compete in the state-of-the-art Covelli Center set to open in March.