A desire to work with people led Hannah Hill to choosing to be a public relations major at OU. Initially, Hill was interested in working in sports as an on-camera personality, but once she started the behind-the-scenes job in the OU Athletics Communications office, she realized it was a great fit for her as well.
During her freshman year, Hill met the sports information director for the OU women’s golf team when she was watching her older sister, Haley, compete for the Sooners. This is how she learned about the opportunities in the communications office, and she eventually interviewed and was chosen for one of the intern spots.
“It’s a lot of detailed work, but I noticed in the last three years that I like that more than being in front of everyone,” Hill shared. “It’s still the relations side of it because I’ve met so many media people that I get to talk to when they’re in press conferences or at post-practice interviews … It’s still very relationship based and just a different side of it.”
Hill helps with both men’s and women’s golf, writing recaps and previews for tournaments, taking players to media interviews, updating stats, and aiding with the social media accounts. In addition to her responsibilities with golf, Hill also handles extra duties for men’s basketball like updating the website with stats after road games and works a variety of other OU athletics home events, including for football, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, and tennis.
“I really get the opportunity to be involved in any sport that I want to,” Hill explained. “Being an intern is kind of nice because you can just put your toes in where everyone’s at and help out where needed.”
Hill, who is also involved on campus as a member of Soonerthon executive committee, as the public relations chair for her sorority, in the Native American Club, and in the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), said she has noticed that OU is really good about encouraging students to secure opportunities for hands-on learning.
“It’s really important how you do in the classroom, but it’s also important what you go out and do,” Hill explained. “I know if you go into business or if you go into public relations or if you go into another major, they’re encouraging you to get into an internship … I see people in my class that are on the field with me that weekend, which is really cool, and they’re all doing what they like, whether that’s the Daily or with OU Nightly or another opportunity. Everyone kind of finds an internship or finds something they want to get involved in, and then they have the support from the university to do that.”