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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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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Highlights

The Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute

Programs

BUCKS GO PRO 1.0

The internship is a 10-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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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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LEAD LIKE A BUCKEYE

Lead Like a Buckeye is led by former Ohio State Football Head Coach Urban Meyer. The program exposes team leaders and captains to different styles and techniques of leadership within their current team and for preparation beyond their athletic careers.

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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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MICRO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM/JOB SHADOW

Ohio State Athletics partners with more than 20 companies including Covelli Enterprises, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter and Merrill Lynch. These shadowing experiences last between two to five days where our student-athletes receive a brief, thorough experience related to their major or intended career path.

SUNDAYS IN THE SHOE

Sundays in the Shoe is a speaker series that was created to enhance student-athletes’ education on topics affecting them off the field.

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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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