Ohio State Mansfield Student Wins "Best Intern" Award
A student at The Ohio State University at Mansfield is celebrating after receiving the 2018 Best Intern Award from the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE). Suzanna Hammond won the award on Wednesday during the NOCHE Expy’s award presentation. The Expys is NOCHE’s annual awards program recognizing and celebrating the best-of-the-best in Northeast Ohio’s internship and experiential learning ecosystem.
Hammond, 22, is a Child and Youth Studies major at Ohio State Mansfield. She has been interning at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in Mansfield, a non-profit focused on open-ended, imagine-based play, since May 2014. Little Buckeye Executive Director Fred Boll nominated her for the award.
“It has been an absolutely wonderful internship,” said Hammond. “I was exposed to a variety of different topics. I helped with the budget and learned how budgeting works with non-profits. I was part of meetings with community members and was able to network. I gained so much experience from this internship.
Hammond hopes the internship leads to a job after graduation.
“I grew up in Lexington, which is near Mansfield and I’m hoping to stay at Little Buckeye,” said Hammond. “In my career, I want to work with children, non-profits, and at-risk youth.”
Hammond has also interned at Mansfield City Schools and the Springmill Learning Center. Ohio State Mansfield has an internship program that helps connect students and employers with internships.
“Ohio State Mansfield has so many opportunities and resources for students to learn and grow,” said Hammond. “I love the atmosphere. I can walk down the halls and see a ton a familiar faces. It’s the personal aspect. It’s very friendly and very personal.”
Hammond is also very involved in campus life. She is involved in the Best Buddies student organization. Best Buddies is dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hammond is also a theater minor and is involved in many of the theater productions on campus.
“This is a really great campus,” said Hammond. “Students get the same quality education they would get at Ohio State in Columbus with all the benefits of smaller class sizes and working with professors who have done a lot of research in the field. I’m so excited to have won this award and am thrilled with the experiences I have been able to have at Ohio State.”
About Ohio State Mansfield:
The Ohio State University at Mansfield offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive as students become part of an academic tradition that leads the way in shaping tomorrow’s world. Students discover world-class teaching minds passionate about connecting to other disciplines while discovering new ways to see the world. With access to Ohio’s State’s more than 200 majors, Ohio State Mansfield is where learning comes to life. Research, internships, education abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.