October 29, 2014
Summer Reflection Series: Rebecca Zook
By: Rebecca Zook @BeccaZook
This past summer I spent my time interning as a writer and photographer for the Southern Ohio Copperheads. For any sports fanatic this is the best situation for a summer internship, it’s in a relaxed setting while still getting the full-fledged sports experience. After all it is summer, what more can you ask for other than sun, baseball and great coworkers?!
The Southern Ohio Copperheads is a summer collegiate baseball team stationed in Athens, Ohio. As a staff writer for the Copperheads, I covered community events, wrote game recaps, as well as feature stories on the team’s history and the players. On game days that I was not stationed in the press box covering the game, I spent the day as a staff photographer interacting with the crowd and capturing the moments that make Copperheads games special.
Although I did spend time dancing with fans on the dugouts and joking around with coworkers, I still learned a lot about sports communications this summer.
- Always Be Willing to try New Things. Going into my internship this summer I was strictly a staff writer, but at the first game the staff photographer they originally chose was suddenly unavailable. I had my own DSLR camera and a little photography experience, so I volunteered to be the photographer for every game that I wasn’t writing – which was about 75% of games, since the recaps were split among the four staff writers. This was by far the best decision I made. Not only did I get great writing experience, but I also got to be a sports photographer for the first time. Granted I’m not an award-winning photographer by any means, but I definitely improved my skills. I also got to be a part of the communications staff that interacted with the fans, which was incredible.
- Become Friends with Your Coworkers. Your coworkers can be the best or worst part of your internship. They can either make you hate going to work or they can be the reason why you arrive to work early. In my case this summer, my coworkers were one of the many perks of working for the Copperheads. The general staff are all Ohio University Sports Administration Sports Management undergrads taking a summer course. For the course their assignment is to run the Copperheads organization throughout the season. My fellow “snake-wranglers” (as all the staff is affectionately named), were not only my coworkers at the field or classmates during the school year, they were also my friends. Having a good relationship with my coworkers made even the rain delays entertaining and fun.
- Find Passion in What You’re Doing. This is the best piece of advice I can give to anyone. Loving what you do is something that affects your entire life. If you can find passion in some small thing about your job or internship, it just makes that experience a hundred times better and gives you motivation to excel at what you’re doing. Personally, I am a huge sports fan and baseball is by far my favorite sport. Getting to go to the ballpark everyday to work with people who were just as passionate about their work as I was, made this internship feel less like a job that I had to go to, but more like an event with friends. My internship with the Copperheads was an amazing experience and the work environment is something I can only hope to find in my career in the future.
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame is Actually Very Hard to Sing on Key. The last thing I learned through my internship with the Copperheads may not seem important to the majority of you, however I had to get up on the dugout of every home game with all the staff and sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Now it may not seem like it, but this “simple” song is actually really hard to sing on key. As much as we like to believe that we sound like a classic recording of this tune, I can promise you that the thirty of us standing on the dugout sounded more like a mix between a walrus and an injured moose.
If you want to read my articles or learn more about the Southern Ohio Copperheads, check out the website at www.copperheadbaseball.com