I really had fun at the animal park in Auckland. My job was to showcase some of the animals for the visitors. We handled domestic animals like lambs and goats which the kids really liked. But we also got to show off the iguanas and work in the butterfly garden. My supervisor was really nice and had amazing experience working in different zoos. I liked meeting people from around the world. It was a fun experience and I recommend it to anyone who likes animals.
The best part of my experience in Hawaii was undoubtedly being able to engage with the girls I worked with one-on-one. While I met with the girls in a group of 10 to run the program every day, I had opportunities to spend time with them individually before and after. I still keep in contact with the majority of the girls through e-mail, and their continued eagerness to discuss some of the very topics we covered in the “Smart Girls” program I ran proves to me the importance of mentorship. I also can’t emphasize enough how wonderful the staff the way. They went out of their way to invite me along to do activities with them- trips around the island, picnics, etc. Having done other internships before, I also appreciated how much responsibility they gave me. I was encouraged to design my own program and club activities, not simply instructed what to do. I really think that being able to take such initiative as a college intern is unique.”
There are few internships as rewarding as teaching younger people sportsmanship and competition. This internship matches the particular sporting interests of the participant to specific teams. We offer placements that range from assisting coaches at the university level down to working with little leaguers. Our coaching opportunities are not just limited to the traditional sports of football, basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey.
We can also work to facilitate placements in the field of your choice. Swimming, tennis, track and field . . . you name the sport and we will match you to the best organization possible.
In the past we have paired interns with both inner city and suburban schools in traditional sports such as soccer and basketball. We also work with at-risk youth organizations that run their own after school athletic programs. We have had great feedback on this option as the kids’ gain so much as their home life is lacking in interaction and nurturing.
Depending on the length of your stay and your past experience, you will either serve as a full coach or assistant coach.
Placements with university-level and even some professional level athletic programs are likewise available. Here you will have a chance to assist head coaches with all aspects of running a team. This is a great way to gain coaching skills and learned from seasoned professionals both athletic skills as well as management skills.
Assistant Coaching duties at this level will include
Our Sports Management internships place participants with top rate athletic clubs ranging from soccer, football, basketball, softball, in-line hockey, among other sports. These are custom placements where we take your specific interests and talents and match them with a club in your ideal location. The main goal for all of our placements is to provide interns with a broad introduction into all aspects that compose sports management.
Specifically, you will learn the structure of an organization from the top down and the roles and daily duties from president of the club to ball boy. This is an opportunity to learn business models as well as in the field skills.
This is a general placement whose mission is to ensure that interns are exposed to the daily duties that go into running a club. Should the intern have a specific are of interest that will be presented to the club and an emphasis will be placed on including job duties in that particular area.
Our sports marketing internships focus on team promotion. We place interns with specific teams or clubs based on the type of marketing experience you want to gain. We can approach national teams, professional clubs, university teams, even community or High School teams. All major sports like football, basketball, soccer, hockey and others are in the field of play. This is a custom-designed internship where we take your interests and background and market you so you can market the team. Emphasis will be placed on learning and implementing the marketing strategy for the club through immersion with all levels of the organization.
As fierce as the on the field competition, are the behind the scenes marketing strategies to fill the seats and pay the salaries. The importance of Product, Price, Promotion and Place will be paramount to the intern’s understanding of operating a successful organization. The other four P’s that will be incorporated into the placement: Planning, Packaging, Positioning and Perception. Together you end up with a sports marketing machine.
One element of promoting the club will be the portion of individual players. Athletes that are brand loyal and fans that are loyal to their favorite athletes and teams are an important component in the advertising process. As a subset of these phenomena, teams and players get paid to wear or use equipment or products and their fans thereby develop a loyalty to the products on behalf of the team.
Your internship duties will be working to keep all the spokes on the wheel of promoting the team in good order. Interns will promote the team and individual players through a wide array of mediums.
Product placement in bars/hotels/businesses
The ability to interact with team members and the general public and to learn how to create “hype” and generate interest both in the club in general and specific matches in particular will be key to the internship.
Learning how to market to different socio economic groups will be a lesson as well. Strategies to fill the high roller boxes are different than putting bodies in the nosebleeds. You will have exposure to all levels of marketing and learn from experts in their fields the techniques used to achieve both goals.