March 22nd 2006
I often encourage students to seek internships and graduate assistantships to prepare themselves for a successful career in sports.
In February, we discussed strategies to take full advantage of internships, and in The Telios Group’s Question of the Day blog, I encouraged students to commit to an internship, consider joining NACMA, and seek graduate assistantship opportunities. These are all worthwhile experiences and opportunities available to students.
I recently read in a news story that UNC-Charlotte is in the process of approving what looks to be another terrific opportunity for students to earn a Masters of Sports Marketing and Management Degree. Students would be required to perform a one-year internship with a sports organization.
In another story, I read about Michael Beasley, who years ago earned a sports management degree and completed an internship, and now is a baseball general manager.
The opportunities available to students in the sports business today are aplenty.
Your turn to take a shot!
What recommendations do you have for students who have a desire to work in the sports business?
Ron Goch, The Telios Group
February 26th 2006
Here are five ways to take full advantage of an internship experience.
1. Define your learning experience, establish your internship goals and objectives, and communicate your goals to your supervisor before you start your first day. Be as specific with your goals and challenge yourself each day to achieve each one.
2. When you commit to your internship, commit to being the best intern they’ve ever had…each and every day.
3. Be a curious learner. Observe everything around you and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. If there’s something you don’t quite understand, ask so you can gain understanding and clarity. If you wonder why something is done a certain way, ask why. If you feel you can be of more assistance, ask what you can do to be more involved and assist in more ways.
4. Test and improve your oral and written communication skills. Interact with as many people as possible internally and externally as your internship will allow…in person, on the phone, via e-mail, send “thank you” notes, write proposals, send fax communication, and participate in meetings.
5. Have fun! Choose to have a positive attitude each day. Enjoy every experience and acknowledge the fact you don’t know everything, you’re going to make mistakes, and making mistakes is one of the best ways to grow and improve.
Your turn to take a swing…
What are other ways interns can optimize their internship experience?
All the best,
The Telios Group