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The Oct. 3 event, hosted by the Sports Management Department, offered insight into how the students spent their summer months gaining real-world experience in the sports industry.

As he recalled his summer internship as a fan ambassador for his beloved Boston Red Sox, Adam Faberman ’23 shared an anecdote he can barely comprehend.

Associate Professor Cara Lucia welcomes more than 70 attendees to the Sport Management Internship Forum on October 3, which began with an hour-long panel discussion with students who completed their internships in the summer of 2022.

Supervisors of the sports management major tasked him with carrying the 2018 Red Sox World Series trophy to a local community event. And he did it using his personal vehicle, securing the priceless gear in his back seat.

“In hindsight, it’s as absurd as it sounds,” Faberman told the more than 75 attendees of the Sports Management Internship Forum held Oct. 3 at the Turner Theater. “And people at the event actually thanked me for being there.”

As part of the Sports Management Department’s 400-hour internship requirement, 30 sports management majors gained real-world experience this summer with sports industry organizations. Internships have taken place with professional sports teams, league offices, media companies, university athletic departments, communications agencies and non-profit organizations. The department offered a glimpse of how its students spent their summer months at the annual forum, which began with Farberman having the ultimate Red Sox experience and driving the team’s ninth World Series trophy.

Photos of the Internship Forum are available on the School Flickr account.

While a panelist at the 2022 Sports Management Internship Forum, Adam Faberman ’23 (with microphone) recalled telling Associate Professor David Bockino in his first class that his goal was to work for the Red Sox. In the summer of 2022, the Sports Management major did just that.

The forum began with a panel discussion with a candid conversation with students sharing details about their internship experiences, how they landed their roles, and any advice they have for students also interested in the sports industry. The hour-long panel included Brett Bailey ’23 (NASCAR), Lauryn Carlton ’23 (Chase Murphy Racing), Connor Cantalupo ’23 (Carolina Panthers), Colby Richardson ’23 (International Tennis Hall of Fame) and Faberman. Nick Ullian ’24, president of the Sport Management Society, moderated the conversation.

Among the most insightful stories was Cantalupo’s account of when he brought a cut Carolina Panther player back from the team’s South Carolina training facility to Charlotte. It was a little “uncomfortable”, he recalls. Still, overall, Cantalupo enjoyed working closely with his hometown team throughout training camp.

Faberman noted that despite being an avid Red Sox fan, he was not going to Fenway Park as a fan this summer. “You have to be patient when working with fans and attendees because you get all kinds of questions and answers. Some of them are really amazing,” he said. “You have to put your fandom aside. You don’t represent yourself, you represent the organization.

Lauryn Carlton ’23, who completed an internship with Chase Murphy Racing this summer, shared that she became interested in racing three years ago. In her role with the Alamance County-based racing team, Carlton said she used her photo and content creation skills to help make the team more visible. “The value I could bring was brand advocacy,” she said.

Richardson pointed out that while he also loves tennis, his summer with the International Tennis Hall of Fame was all about customer service, not matches, volleys, wins and losses. “It’s important when working with clients to listen to their questions and concerns and then find solutions for them,” Richardson said.

When asked for advice, the quintet on the panel noted the importance of LinkedIn, connecting with speakers who visit the class, and learning the organizational structure of companies that interest you. And don’t forget to network, network and network again.

For Sport Management Department Chair Cara Lucia, who hosted the forum, the annual event is an opportunity to reflect on the past summer, but also a chance for students and their peers to learn from each other. others.

“Our Sports Management Internship Forum creates an environment to showcase the incredible student experiences with various sports organizations,” she said. “The forum offers current students the opportunity to learn more about the internship experience in a synergistic environment while networking with their peers and professors.

Antonio White ’24 (right) speaks with communications officer Bernardo Vargas ’26 (center) during student-led presentations at the Long Building. White interned at Graham Sporting Goods in the summer of 2022.

“Students highlighted the importance of being exposed to a segment of the sports industry, accessing a network of industry professionals, developing new skills that help them progress towards achieving their career goals and solidify their aspirations to work in sport.”

After the panel, the forum moved to the Long Building where more than 20 students held presentations, using digital posters and computer slides to highlight their summer internships. The informal setting allowed students to interact casually and openly about the successes and challenges of working in sport.

“Each year, the Annual Internship Forum really showcases the incredible opportunities and accomplishments of students in our program,” Lucia said.

Student presentations

Andrew Fish – Elon Men’s Basketball
Andrew Hughes – Burlington Sock Puppets
Antonio White – Graham Sporting Goods
Ari Wister – Worcester Woo Sox Foundation
Bryce Jeske – Brilliantly
Cam Seefried – Wake Forest Athletics
Carson Fleece – Greensboro Grasshoppers
Christian Braun – Conscious Basketball
Gabriel Kessler – Philadelphia Union
Jack Cohen – Firebirds of Orleans
Jake Sachs – Worcester Railers
Jordan Gower – American Baseball
Macklin Williams – Weatherby Maine Fishing and Hunting Lodge
Justin Allen – Elon Athletics – Ticketing
Natalie Blalock – Middle Atlantic Junior Golf
Noah Zaret – Joe Favorito Sport Strategic Communications
Nolan Mark – WIT Competition
Olivia Lovell – Salamanders of Holly Springs
Rachel Roberts – Veniceball, LLC
Simon Roach – Round Rock Express
Teddy Freeman – Rochester Red Wings
Tre’von Jones – Elon Athletics – Facilities
Trevor Boehm – New Trier High School Athletics

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