Aug 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Senior women's basketball player Kody Burke spent a large portion of her summer working part-time in NC State's Athletics Business Office. She recently took a little time out of her busy schedule in preparation for her final season to catch up and talk about her work experience, and even talked a little about some stuff she did on the court as well.
GoPack.com: Why did you want to work in NC State's Athletics Business Office?
Burke: I know that as a student-athlete, it's hard to get a lot of work experience. A lot of my classmates were telling me about how they got internships and I kind of wanted to get my feet wet, too.
GoPack.com: What were some of your responsibilities working there?
Burke: On a daily basis, I was filing documents for things like cell phone orders, purchase orders and travel reimbursements. I also posted journal entries and invoices. Recently, I had to research through documents and compile information for the NCAA Annual Report. It was a lot of administrative stuff, and I loved helping them out.
GoPack.com: What did you want to accomplish working this summer?
Burke: I wanted to get my feet wet in athletics administration. I have always had a desire for getting into it, and this was a great opportunity to do that.
GoPack.com: Did your experience change or open your eyes to new career possibilities?
Burke: When I came into school, I was so focused on getting into something in accounting or finance, but this experience definitely opened my eyes toward working in an athletics department or working with basketball.
GoPack.com: How much basketball did you play during the summer months?
Burke: We were permitted to work with our coaches during individual workouts, so I incorporated even more basketball with that a lot more than I usually would. I played easily 5-10 hours every week.
Did you have any time to go on vacation?Burke:
Yes, I had a little bit of down time. The people I worked with in the athletics business office told me to take some time off, so I went to Burlington, N.C., and for the Fourth of July I had time to relax. I didn't get to see family this summer, but I had a good time even though I was away from them.
GoPack.com: What have you done with new head coach Wes Moore and his staff?
Burke: Coach Moore definitely knows basketball. For the first time, coaches were allowed to watch us play pick-up games over the summer, and there were times he would stop, give some advice and say, `Sorry, but that's just the coach in me.' They were small tid-bits of advice, but it all made sense. The coaching staff is very supportive of Coach Moore's philosophy and incorporates some of those things. He brings discipline and I think the team needs that. He's very up-tempo, which is my type of game because I like to run. I'm looking forward to that.
GoPack.com: What does it mean to you to be so close to so many statistical milestones in NC State women's basketball history?
Burke: It hasn't even crossed my mind. It's such an honor to be recognized among those people, but I'm just trying to get better and take it one game at a time. Coach Moore has told me to just focus on the present and good things will come, so if I just focus one game at a time I can look back and know I gave it my all. I'm trying not to think too far into the future. It's scary!