Zennon Black

Staff Assistant
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Athletics Department
Harvard Employee since 2013

Zennon Black profile

Q: What is one of the best parts of your job?
A: I really enjoy getting to work with the athletes and students. Harvard has the largest athletics program in the country, and each year we hire between 150 and 200 students to work for us—taking tickets at games, lifeguarding at the pool, checking IDs at the gym—and I’m their welcome wagon.

Q: What made you decide to work at Harvard?
A: During college I had a yearlong internship in the Athletics Department. I’d never actually been to Boston prior to my interview, but during my time here I fell in love with the city and the University. I believe in Harvard’s model of education through athletics. When I finished my internship, I returned to school to complete my degree, all the while hoping I’d be able to find a job in Harvard’s Athletics Department after graduation. This job became available, and the pieces fell into place.

Q: What is your favorite perk or benefit of working at Harvard?
A: The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). I’ve been taking graduate-level classes in accounting, economics, and organizational behavior. I’m working towards my master’s degree, and it only costs $40 per class—you really can’t beat it.