July 22, 2014

Bucks Go Pro Q&A

Kari Schmitt
W. Hockey
Info. Tech.
How has your experience as a Bucks Go Pro intern been so far?
I think it’s a good experience for all of us young professionals to go through. They have given us the opportunity to practice how to act and dress in a professional setting and we get to meet people working in the athletic department doing jobs we’d all like to pursue.

Explain your department and its role in athletics
I’m in the Informational Technology (IT) department so we handle all of the phones, computers and iPads within the athletic department.

What are some of the projects or tasks you’ve been working on in your department?
I go to a lot of meetings and am experiencing all aspects of IT. I am also learning how to transfer information when coaches switch phones and how to do iPad rollouts.

What are some skills you need to be a student-athlete that carried over to this internship?
Responsibility, listening and absorbing all the information you are being told and punctuality.

What are some teaching points you have taken away from the guest speakers? Such as Gene Smith, Patrick Klein, Tyler Jones, Pat Kindig.
Plan your day in advance and be prepared with your appearance so you are dressed appropriately for every situation. Also, that having a strong personal brand will bring you success and you will be reinventing your brand your whole life.

Makena Lynch
W. Swimming
Sports Admin.
How do you like the other people you are working with in your department?
It has been a pleasure working with everyone, not only in administration, but in the entire athletic department. They have all been very helpful and are more than willing to lend a hand when we are in need.

Explain your group project and its progress thus far.
The group project I am working on is the Buckeye Bash, which is welcome event for all of the student-athletes this fall. We are busy contacting a variety of companies to plan activities and games for the event, order shirts for the athletes and provide dinner for everyone in attendance. In the coming week or two, we will present a proposal for the event. Once that is approved, we will be able to finish the ordering process.

What has this internship taught you that you can carry with you to future schooling/ career work?
This internship has taught me the importance of networking. Nearly everyone I have talked to through this position has stressed the importance of building relationships and asking people how they got to where they are today. By learning other peoples’ experiences, I hope to have a better understanding of what I would like to do in the future.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am attending grad school here at Ohio State in the sport management program.

Maddy McIntyre
Sport Admin.
What projects/ tasks are you working on in your department?
Creating a Sports Administration Handbook for the Athletic Directors.

How do you like the other people you are working with in your department?
I really enjoy everyone I have met with not only in our department, but throughout the entire Fawcett Center – the home for the Department of Athletics. Everyone has been extremely helpful with helping us get acclimated.

Explain your group project and its progress thus far.
My group project is creating a video for the Athletic District that will be built in the future. We are in the process of interviewing different student-athletes, coaches, and trainers and learning their story here at Ohio State. From there we will put the video on a website so donors or the public can drag their mouse over different areas in Athletic District and find out why it will be helpful for student-athletes in the future.

What has this internship taught you that you can carry with you to future schooling/ career work?
It’s really taught me about getting out of a “Black and White” schedule. I have learned that you’re not always going to be given times to be at places, which is something we are very accustomed to as student- athletes.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on going to grad school for my fifth year of competition in Sports Management.

Nick Oddo
M. Hockey
Event Management
What tasks/ projects have you had to complete in your department?
Right now I am working on my gate 23 project and also had to update the visiting team guides for this upcoming season. I am also in charge of getting the food and beverages for the Buckeye Bash coming up in August. I also got to work the Special Olympics a few weekends ago at Jesse Owens.

What is your favorite thing you’ve done in your department or with the group so far?
My favorite thing I have done so far in my internship is getting to work the Special Olympics. It was such an awesome experience working with the athletes.

What has been the most important thing you’ve learned in this internship so far?
The most important thing I have learned so far in this internship is learning about how important networking is.

Out of all the facilities we toured last week (Crew Stadium, Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and the Convention Center) which one was your favorite and why?
I really enjoyed the tour of Crew Stadium. I have never been in a stadium that was built just for soccer. It was cool how we got to see the locker rooms and get a full tour of the facility.

Mike Henchy
M. Volleyball
Human Resources
What’s your favorite thing you’ve done working in your department so far?
The best part of my internship with Human Resources has been conducting phone interviews last week. It was great to get to hear the applicants explain a little more about themselves and it allowed our finalists to really separate themselves from the pack. It was the first time that I have been a part of a phone interview, so it was a bit of a relief that I was not the one being evaluated!

From last week’s resume and cover letter workshop, what is the most significant thing you learned?
I really got a lot of value from the resume and cover letter workshop. While the drafts that I had were not too bad, there were a few things that I was able to alter to make my resume stand out and allow my cover letter to really sell me as a top candidate. The workshops were perfectly tailored to enhance and not criticize our existing documents.

As soon as I arrived in the office I was given a project to work on; I am currently in the finishing stages of that same assignment this week. During this process I have learned how to critically review resumes, communicate proficiently with coworkers and applicants via email, schedule and conduct phone interviews, how to arrange itineraries, design interview committees and assign travel arrangements. I also have learned how to conduct myself in a professional environment and represent myself in a mature manner.

How will you use what you’ve learned in this internship so far in your future career?
Before this internship I had not considered Human Resources as a potential career path. I’ve been working there for five weeks and I have really enjoyed myself. This past week I began to strongly consider applying to Human Resources positions in the future. My primary goal is still to play professional volleyball after college, but when I return to the United States I will definitely try my luck with Human Resources.

How does this internship correlate with what you want as a future career?
My group is in charge of designing and hosting the annual Buckeye Bash: the welcome event for more than 800 student-athletes during the first week of school. We have not submitted our project proposal quite yet, but we are almost ready to present it to Mr. Smith next week. We have arranged quotes for food, entertainment, games, and activities

Can you explain what your group project is and how it is progressing? We are almost ready to submit our design for the T-shirt and as soon as we do that we will get our final estimate for the total cost. We are planning to have the event on Aug. 26, the day before everyone starts the autumn semester. I am really looking forward to seeing how this event evolves and unfold in the next month or so.