Position Title: Athletic Communications Intern
Student Name: Avi Meta
Graduation Year: May 2019
Major: Business Administration
Type of Internship: Advertising, Media & PR
City, State: Piscataway, NJ
Semester: Fall, Summer
Hours: 30+ hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid
How did you find this internship?
I just emailed a bunch of athletic communications departments at numerous colleges in the New York/New Jersey area hoping to find an internship.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I assisted the full-time staff in the communications operations of the athletic department. I got to learn most of the software and programs that are used by sports information directors, which is the job I want to do after college. I also went on a road trip with the volleyball team to University of Iowa and Nebraska. We flew on private planes to each school.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
I got tons of hands-on experience. I was treated like a regular full-time employee by others in the department, so I was able to lean on them for information and mentorship.
What were the challenges you faced in your internship?
When I first started, I didn't know anything about the different programs that they use but the staff walked me through each one. That was really helpful to me. I would say to future interns that if you show up with a good attitude and the ability to learn, the full-time employees will help you learn and get acclimated to the job.
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?
First and foremost, use the resources at Towson as much as possible. I started working in the Athletic Media Relations department at Towson once a week while I was taking six classes, and it helped me learn about the industry. When I got to Rutgers, I had a general idea of what the job entailed, even though I did not know many of the intricacies.
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