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
I just emailed a bunch of athletic communications departments at numerous colleges in the New York/New Jersey area hoping to find an internship.
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.
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.
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.
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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