Columbus, Ohio – Two Ohio State student-athletes have been selected for an internship this summer with Nike. Olivia Smith (track and field) and Alyssa Hoying (synchronized swimming) will have a chance to learn valuable techniques from the multinational corporation that is engaged in cutting edge technology to support its business.
The athletes endured a thorough interview process that included a virtual presentation, the submission of resumes and cover letters, and a final phone interview to be selected for the internship.
Smith, an operations and logistics management major, is ecstatic to get a chance to work with one of the most influential sports companies in the world; she will be working within the executive compensation group that is involved with the annual global performance rewards.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Nike this upcoming summer,” Smith said. “This internship program goes beyond the typical summer job and I can’t wait to experience the culture of Nike and the city of Portland (Oregon).”
Hoying, a sport industry major with a specialization in hospitality management, will be working alongside the global events staff to coordinate international events. The junior helped synchronized swimming win its 30th national title this past weekend in Columbus; she placed second in the duet and trio finals to go along with a gold in the team finals.
“I applied to Nike not really expecting too much, because I knew there were a lot of applicants,” Hoying mentioned. “But my experience with Ohio State event management is what gave me the upper hand throughout the process.
“It’s going to be a great summer in a place I’ve never been, with people I’ve never met, but I can’t wait to make the most of it and work for an amazing and encouraging company throughout it all.”
The internships go hand-in-hand with a deal that Ohio State signed with Nike in January of 2016. The 15-year agreement will benefit OSU with monetary support and products to enhance the student experience, a significant endowment for student scholarships and Nike internships for both athletes and non-athletes.
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