Athletics Communications intern Maddy Humphrey has ventured around campus this summer, checking in on some of her Bucks Go Pro peers and sharing their internship story. This final edition features lacrosse student-athlete Mackenzie Maring.
Mackenzie Maring is a junior Buckeye from Penfield, N.Y., majoring in Accounting and is located at the Ticket Office inside the Schottenstein Center for her Huntington Bucks Go Pro internship.
The OSU Ticket Office is responsible for the ordering, processing, distribution and reconciliation of all ticket purchases to Ohio State University athletics events. The sports the Ticket Office works with include: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, women’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball and wrestling.
Maring has been fortunate enough to have a plethora of jobs and projects throughout her time at the Ticket Office. Early on she learned how to use Archtics, one of the softwares the Ticket Office uses to assign the seating locations, especially for group seating arrangements. Some of the other projects that Maring has worked on was helping design the new 2017-2018 parking permits for home athletics games. Maring also found all the visiting team football tickets, so that she could mail them out to each university visiting us in the fall. Throughout those two projects, Maring was able to learn more about the background finances and budgeting behind each sport. She really has enjoyed getting to know the team working in the ticket office and learning more about what they do day in and day out to make sporting events possible for fans and Buckeye Nation to enjoy.
“One really exciting thing I got to experience was the Buckeye Super Country Fest concert, held in the Shoe, the football stadium. I was able to see what goes into preparing an event in the ticket office, how to allocate seats, what sections to offer, and how to make the stadium as full as possible,” Maring said.
Kate Nushart, Maring’s supervisor for the Bucks Go Pro internship, is the Associate Ticket Director of Operations and has been influential to Maring in allowing her to gain hands-on experience through sitting in on many meetings, including interviews. Nushart’s specialty is football ticketing, which involves thorough preparation and creativity. Maring expresses what she has gained from working with Nushart, “Kate has taught me so much during the internship. I have learned how much work goes into making each game possible and creating an experience for every fan and ticket holder.”
Maring’s career goals entail working for an accounting firm upon graduation and continuing to grow throughout her career to eventually become a CPA.
Ever since Maring’s freshman year she has seen action and been impactful on the lacrosse field. Maring is a midfielder for the Buckeyes and is an offensive threat. In 2016 as a freshman, Maring played in all 16 games and tallied six goals. The following year, in 2017, she more than doubled her goals with 13 and recorded 16 assists, which was the most assists on the team. Maring finished fourth on the team in total points for the 2017 season. Lucky for the Buckeyes, Maring still has two more years to go to continue to making an impact.
Maring has truly found beneficial information to allow her to positively further her career, professionally and athletically. She hopes to carry over what she has learned this summer with Bucks Go Pro and at the Ticket Office over to her lacrosse team, “I have learned a lot about work ethic and communication throughout the internship. One thing that has stuck with me throughout this experience is the quote Gene Smith said week one, ‘Be the intern that people miss when you are gone’. This is true for lacrosse sport and for the rest of my career in the professional world.”