Ohio State Holds Bucks Go Pro Kickoff Event
Nov. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 100 student-athletes attended the second-annual Bucks Go Pro Kickoff Event Monday evening at the Fawcett Center to learn about the internship opportunities in the Department of Athletics, Student Life, Wexner Medical Center and others.
The Buckeyes had the chance to listen to career advice from former Bucks Go Pro Interns as well as took part in a job fair with more than 20 tables featuring a wide-range of internship opportunities that will begin next June following spring semester. New in the second year of the program, student-athletes will apply online (beginning Nov. 18-Jan. 15) and Janine Oman, Assistant AD sport administration, says there will be several benefits to this upcoming internship period.
“I think the online application will allow us gather more data in a more timely and efficient way, so that student-athletes will have the chance to have more opportunities even outside of athletics this year,” Oman said. “We also have added more structure to the internships based on feedback from staff and student-athletes to add more value to the program.”
Jamie Wood, a letterwinner on the football team from 2009-12, worked in the ticket office and gave his story from overcoming a career-ending shoulder injury on the football field to joining the Bucks Go Pro program in his pursuit of now earning a master’s degree in sports administration at Ohio State.
“After being a top recruit out of high school and dealing with that injury, it forced me to shift focuses,” Wood said. “I wanted to be successful in the long run and Bucks Go Pro provided me with that and began my process of being in the real world and getting a job in the future.”
Full-time members available to network with the student-athletes included from: event management, creative services, communications, development, Schottenstein Center, information technology, facilities, sports administration, SASSO, fan experience, human resources, business office, ticket office, video services as well as representatives from Student Life, the Wexner Medical Center and Huntington Bank.
Junior rower Dara Schnoll has worked in sports administration and shared her experiences and enjoyment with Bucks Go Pro as well.
“I think the biggest advantage for me has been the networking and getting to work with all the different people in athletics,” Schnoll said. “Even if you don’t want to work in athletics, there are full-time Ohio State staff members that know a variety of potential employers across the country. I got experience you can’t get sitting in a classroom and the program has helped jump-start my professional career after my competition days are done.”
A photo gallery of the Kickoff Event is available above as well as a link to the online application.
“The goal of this program is that when student-athletes come in, they need to have an understanding of what they would like to do after graduating,” Oman said. “Ohio State has the resources here to make that happen with networking and building relationships in the work-life environment.”