Position Title: Sports Marketing Intern
Student Name: Kaylee Davis
Graduation Year: December 2018
Major: Art + Design
Type of Internship: Design / Art
City, State: Rockville, MD
Hours: 30+ hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, stipend
How did you find this internship?
I got connected with my employer at the Sports Industry Networking & Career Conference.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
During my internship, my main jobs were focused around graphic design. For example, I re-designed a resource manual for active duty and veteran military members. I also produced multiple marketing collateral including rack cards and infographics. Outside of graphic design, I contributed to a blog post for their website featuring an adaptive athlete, and represented DSUSA in Oklahoma at the Endeavor Games where I spoke to athletes about what DSUSA had to offer.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
The most rewarding thing about my internship was knowing that all of the projects that I worked on, no matter how big or small, were going to benefit someone with disabilities who wanted to play sports, like me. This internship was the first time I've worked for a non-profit organization, so I was not sure what to expect, but it was an awesome experience. Every day I walked into work excited because I knew I was educating someone.
What were the challenges you faced in your internship?
One of the biggest challenges I faced in my internship was being thrown into action right from the start. My first day was spent at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center speaking to active duty service members and veterans on what DSUSA has to offer to the military. After my first week, I was already in Oklahoma at Endeavor Games representing DSUSA and showing athletes the programs and benefits that come from DSUSA. This was challenging because I had to learn as much about the organization as possible so that I could be a resource to individuals.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
One major skill to develop if you want to work for DSUSA, is to learn how to multitask and reach deadlines. During my internship, I juggled multiple projects at once. In order to be able to multitask, you must prioritize by seeing which deadlines are rapidly approaching. Also, you must be able to adapt when projects have to be thrown together at the last minute. Sometimes, you may not get all of the information that you need until the week that the project is due. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
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