THE EUGENE D. SMITH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

The institute provides leadership, character and career development for all Ohio State student-athletes in order to best prepare them for life after graduation.

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A Month in Review: Summer 2022

The summer has wrapped up and we were able to provide an exciting summer full of opportunities for our student athletes.

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NIL Resources for Student-Athletes

Name, Image, and Likeness Simplified

Learn more about NIL and how the Department of Athletics is supporting student-athletes.

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GENE SMITH

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director

Ohio State’s student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and on the fields of play under the leadership of Gene Smith, who directs the nation’s largest and one of its elite athletic programs.

Smith is proud of the high-performance culture that has developed with the leadership of what he often refers to as “the best coaching staff in America.” Record achievements by individuals, teams and the entire athletic program attest to Ohio State’s commitment to the development of the total student-athlete in a holistic way.

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Real Life Programming

BUCKS GO PRO 1.0

The internship is a 8-week, paid program designed to provide both an internship experience and professional development learning opportunities.

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BUCKS GO PRO 2.0

This program is a 10-week, paid internship experience with an employer in the United States developing skills to succeed in the business environment.

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Micro-Internship Program

We are excited to have the launched the Bucks Go Pro Micro-Internship program during summer of 2022!

This two-week program aims to provide an opportunity for our student-athletes to gain greater perspective into their intended career, or explore careers that they may have an interest in learning more about.  Student-athletes participated in a week of professional development seminars to polish up their professional skills prior to a second week of shadowing with an external company. We are very excited to have launched this program in conjunction with our other Bucks Go Pro Programs this summer.

The program was held at the beginning of the summer May 16th-May 27th.

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Buckeye Futures

Buckeye Futures is a networking event that features industry and graduate program professionals that connect with student-athletes to share their journeys, passions and various career opportunities.

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BUCKEYE ROAD TRIP

The Buckeye Road Trip is a two to three day experience for freshman and sophomore student-athletes that provides a well-rounded opportunity to explore different career paths. The Road Trip visits cities and sites throughout various industries.

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Dress to Impress Program

The Dress to Impress Program is an incentivized career development plan. Alongside our 4 Year Career Plan, student-athletes are encouraged to complete a resume, cover letter, and more.

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Live Life Programming

COMPLETE ATHLETE PROGRAM

This program prepares elite student-athletes for the next level. Experts in the field provide education to assist players with managing family relationships, personal brand management, as well as asset and financial planning.

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Leadership Programming

LEAD LIKE A BUCKEYE

Lead Like a Buckeye is a leadership development program for team leaders and captains across all sports.

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WOLSTEIN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Wolstein Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program crafted to assist our student-athletes on their personal leadership journeys.

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The Gene Smith Podcast

Each month, the Ohio State Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director sits down to talk about the current state of OSU Athletics.

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