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The Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute August 2019

The Institute provides leadership, character, and career development opportunities for all Ohio State student-athletes in order to best prepare them for life after graduation. This has been a successful summer for student-athletes within The Institute. Students were actively engaged in professional development sessions hosted by industry professionals, involved in networking workshops, site visits, and worked collectively on group projects. Student-athletes gained full-time work experience while interning with internal and external partners in both the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 and 2.0 programs. We hope you enjoy catching up on what has happened within The Institute this summer.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

Where are they now?

Buckeye Road Trip

The Buckeye Road Trip is designed to educate student-athletes on the potential career paths available to them based on their major and overall career aspiration. During the 1-3 day trip, student-athletes traveled to public and private companies, non-profits, and/or professional sport franchises to explore a variety of career options.

May 9th: Student-athletes from 5 sports took a trip to One Strawberry Lane to visit Smucker's. They learned about the expectations and values a Fortune 500 company looks for when hiring interns and entry level employees.

75% of participants indicated that by participating in the Buckeye Road Trip they have been exposed to new career paths that they didn't know were available to them.
Pictured left to right: Men's Lacrosse members Omari Deberry, Griffin Hughes, JT Bugliosi. "I was able to learn the different career pathways within a specific major. So for someone who is majoring in marketing which is a very broad field, hearing the different positions some of these employees work within marketing was very helpful. It showed me the jobs that are within marketing."

July 9th: The Buckeye Road trip headed north to Cleveland, OH to visit with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Cleveland Cavaliers Holding, LLC.

Student-athletes started their day with the Cleveland Clinic connecting with their professional staff and learning more about the medical field.

The following Cleveland Clinic staff members provided knowledge in the medical profession:

  • Lydia Pitts (RN, Director of Talent Acquisition)
  • Rachel Hipp (Manager of Inpatient Pharmacy)
  • Valerie Slusarz (Cardiovascular Perfusionist)
  • Scott Euype (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
  • Karoline Lubbeck (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
Pictured left to right: Selina Vickery (Women's Soccer) and Marissa Birzon (Women's Soccer) learning about the University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center.
Women's Ice Hockey group photo(Pictured left to right): Liz Schepers, Addi Scribner, Emma Maltais and former Women's Ice Hockey member, Stacy Danczak at the Cleveland Cavaliers Holding LLC.

"My favorite part of the trip was listening to a range of people from all different companies. The two hours spent at each visit was a perfect amount of time to hear from the employees, ask questions, and move on to the next. I liked that it was a one day trip, but I was able to see 3 companies and not feel rushed at any of them. I really liked the itinerary and set up of the whole day and the combination of majors you were able to include on the trip."

Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0

The Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 program is an eight-week summer internship funded by the Department of Athletics exclusively for student-athletes. The 45 internships are offered within the Athletics Department and across various campus offices.

The five goals of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 summer internship program include

1. Providing student-athletes with meaningful work experience in a professional setting.

2. Enhancing student-athletes’ resume.

3. Teaching student-athletes how to develop a network of colleagues.

4. Expanding student-athletes’ references beyond their professors and coaches.

5. Helping our student-athletes be better prepared for life after college and represent The Ohio State University with class in their professional endeavors.

Program Feedback
  • 94% agree that this internship provided them with meaningful work experience
  • 97% of interns indicated that HBGP 1.0 helped them develop skills that will help them be successful in their desired career
  • 100% agree that they feel better prepared for life after college after completing HBGP 1.0
Columbus Blue Jackets staff providing the HBGP 1.0 interns with tips on how to grow within the sports industry.
Professor Marc Ankerman educated the HBGP 1.0 interns on how to professionally present an idea to a large group.
Columbus Crew staff providing insights on their day to day responsibilities.

The Following Columbus Crew staff connected with HBGP 1.0 students:

  • Arica Kress-Marketing & Communications department
  • Meredith Ley-Stadium Operations Manager
  • Kelvin Jones-Academy Head Coach
  • Colt Berry- Director of Community Relations & Foundation
  • Nick White- Director of Premium & Ticketing Sales
  • Stephen Gerhard- Director of Season & Inside Sales

Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0

The Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 program is a corporate internship program exclusively for Ohio State student-athletes. The internships are offered at various organizations and companies throughout Columbus that provided real world experiences for student-athletes.

The HBGP 2.0 interns had between May 2nd - August 8th to complete 240 hours. Interns may work up to 240 hours (minimum 160) over the course of their internship. The opportunities are designed to enhance the intern’s professional development and personal growth. Interns attended a networking event where they were given the opportunity to engage with local employers and professionals in efforts to enhance their networking skills. The event was held in conjunction with the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 program, allowing the interns to network with other student-athletes and athletics staff, as well.

Pictured left to right: Austin Gerwig(Men's Volleyball), Nick Musci(Men's Lacrosse), Jack Rennillo(Men's Lacrosse), Justin Inacio (Men's Lacrosse). Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 and 2.0 students participating in the art of networking professional development session.
Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 Spotlight- Marissa Birzon and Kyle Skinner

Marissa Birzon

Women's Soccer

HBGP 2.0 Company: The Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Intern Title: Marketing Intern

Kyle Skinner

Men's Volleyball

HBGP 2.0 Company: The Up Company

Internship Title: Video Production

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP: Jordan Fuller & Brock Davin(Football)
Program Feedback
  • 92% indicated that the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 program helped them develop skills that will help them be successful in their desired career
  • 97% agreed that the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 Program helped them obtain references for the future, beyond my professors and coaches
  • 92% feel better prepared for life after college after completing the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 internship

Wolstein Leadership Academy

The Wolstein Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program crafted to assist our student athletes on their personal leadership journey. They were exposed to programming that will help define who they are as a leader and develop essential leadership skills by participating in a variety of personal and professional development activities.

In conjunction with the Department of Athletics Mission Statement, the Wolstein Leadership Academy aims to prepare student-athletes to achieve excellence in life. We will develop leaders through an appreciation of life-long learning that will prepare them to become influential, positive role models in the community.

High ropes course focused on a team, individual’s attitude and motivation. In the low ropes course, groups exercised communication skills and trust to complete the task.
During the day, student-athletes learned about and shared the results of their Strength Finder test (which was completed prior to arriving a WLA).
Pictured left to right: Christian Harter, Matt Kiley, Haley Walker-Robinson, Blair Cowan, Osman Fofanah,Leo Kossaka, Mitch Bergman( Men and Women's Soccer)

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