My Internship Experience is a series where Ithaca College students share their time in the field of Sport Management and Media. From mid-May to the beginning of August, senior Sport Media major Miles Surrey worked as a communications intern at D.C. United, Washington D.C.’s Major League Soccer team.
By Miles Surrey ’15
Leaving the club after spending so much time around the players and — most important — my coworkers, is bittersweet. With this being my first time working for a sports team, rather than covering it, here are some tips I learned along the way:
Expect the Unexpected
Obviously, your boss is going to give you a breakdown of what your job responsibilities will be before you arrive, but even if it appears to be a cliché in the classroom with our professors, it’s true. Every day working in sports brings a new challenge. One day, I was planning on interviewing a player for a feature I had planned, and he bolted to go to the dentist. Another day, I was informed that the team traded for a player from another MLS team and it was important to look up information on him and draft a press release ASAP. Although planning ahead and getting organized is a great skill to have, sometimes you have to stop what you’re doing at a moment’s notice and work on another task that’s entirely different.
Don’t Be Discouraged
With this internship I was looking forward to feature writing and hopefully having a lot of articles published on the team’s website and in the game day booklets that are distributed to fans in attendance. However, the player I wrote my first feature on promptly left the team just a day before the story would’ve been published online. Another feature that I wrote has not yet been published because the player I wrote about sustained an injury. Bad breaks happen, and there’s no need to beat yourself up over it. Always be motivated to pitch another story idea. Either that, or I truly am a curse to the team, and they’re thankful that I’m leaving.
When you’re working for a sports team, much like being a journalist, the hours are going to be quite irregular. During the World Cup, I had a couple of two-hour work days because the team was off and my boss told me it was important not to miss the biggest and best sports tournament on the planet. In contrast, on game days, I arrived to the stadium at noon and didn’t leave until midnight. It’s during and at the end of games that you need to be the most focused, so coffee — or any form of caffeine — is your best friend.
Keep in Touch
On my last day, I said my farewells to my boss and the rest of my coworkers, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: keep in touch. I was fortunate to work for such a close-knit group, and most of the staff had been interns themselves at one point. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen nine months before graduation, but it’s reassuring to know that they want me to visit the next time I’m in the city. These people aren’t just your coworkers or friends — they’re valuable connections in a competitive industry. If people ask you to keep in touch, it’s in your best interest to do so.
Photo courtesy of D.C. United/Rebecca Payne
September 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment
Any and all campus and community members are invited to stop by Saturday, October 11th starting at 8:00 a.m. in Textor Hall.
Below are some details about this year’s event:
What: This year’s Symposium — which coincides with Homecoming/Alumni Weekend — will feature three rounds of four panels: Trends in Sport Management & Marketing; Sales & Sport; Emerging Technology in Sport Media; Internship Advice/Graduate School Consideration. Alumni/ae experts from each field will be available to offer advice and insight from their respective industry.
Where: The “meet and greet” breakfast will take place outside Textor 101 at 8:00 a.m. Following the breakfast, the awards portion of the gathering will be in Textor 101 at approximately 9:00 a.m. After the recognition of our alumni/ae and non-alumni/ae contributors, panels will take place in various rooms throughout Friends Hall until 11:45 a.m. (Specific room details will be provided day of the event.)
Why: This is a fantastic opportunity for our current majors, minors and non-majors to mingle and network with alumni/ae who are professionals in the management, media or continuing education industries. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about emerging trends in the sport field; gain insight about the appropriate paths to take toward gainful employment; and listen to new perspectives about the sport industry.
Reminder: Formal/professional attire for this event is strongly recommended.
September 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The Sport Management and Media departmental club helps put on events such as The Glow Run and Color Run, which draw thousands of participants each year. Additionally, the club creates and manages its own events, such as a flag football tournament next month; a late-night volleyball tournament; and some other events throughout the year.
This club is a great way to get involved on campus and can help everyone in the future when trying to get a job or run your own events. We also will help people with their resumes and anything else club participants need in order to be successful in the sport industry.
Question? Contact club president Clark Stridsberg (Sport Management ’16) at: firstname.lastname@example.org or club vice president Brandon Bozek (Sport Management ’15) at: email@example.com.
September 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The semester-long ICNYC program is now open to select majors from all five schools. The program centers on a six-credit internship and at least six credits of coursework; classroom-based and online courses are available for students.
ICNYC is designed to let students live and gain real work experience in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Grab hold of your opportunity.
HSHP Students: Before submitting your application, please join us Thursday, September 18th from 12:10 – 1:05 p.m. in Hill Center G-75B to learn more about the ICNYC program. This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to apply for either next semester or beyond!
SPMM Students in ICNYC:
Fall 2013: Matthew Stenberg, Sport Media (SiriusXM NFL Radio) — Read about Matt’s ICNYC experience here
Fall 2014: Skyler Northcutt, Sport Media (MSG Entertainment // NY Rangers)
Deadline for Spring 2015 Applications:
• Students must submit completed applications to their School Representative by Monday, October 13th
• Students will receive decision letters by Friday, October 24th
• Accepted students must confirm their participation in the Spring 2015 ICNYC Program by Friday, October 31st
• ICNYC On-Campus Orientation: Friday, November 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in BUS 111.
September 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment
Ithaca High School Athletic Boosters Club is creating a website and wants to honor alumni of the Ithaca High School Athletic program.
Interviewers, writers and editors are needed to create alumni profile pieces and bios for the website. If interested and available, please contact Kyle Woody (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. Mary Turner DePalma (email@example.com). Fieldwork or independent study credit(s) available.
ICTV will host a rush night TONIGHT (9/2) starting at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.
August 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The European Sport Experience: this two-week program during the Winter 2015 term will provide students with an opportunity to experience the sport culture in two European countries: Austria and Germany.
Students will gain first-hand experience with the culture surrounding sports popular in these two countries, including the winter sports of skiing, bobsled and skeleton; acquire knowledge through visits to museums, sports venues, national/international sport federations and have opportunities to speak with industry professionals; and also cover an international sporting event as members of the media.
Applications for program due: Friday, September 12th
Students notified of acceptance: Wednesday, September 17th
Deposit ($500) due: Wednesday, September 24th
Remaining payment due: Friday, October 31st
This course will provide students with a critical examination of the FIFA World Cup with a particular focus on its history, sponsorship, and selection of host countries.
The class will also consider media coverage of the event across several decades, including the controversies and media coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and upcoming World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
SPMM 39901-01: ST: The World Cup // CRN: 23763
Schedule: MWF, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. (August 27th through October 15th)
Instructor: Heather Dichter
Questions? Email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to join the award-winning online/print campus newspaper, here’s your chance.
The Ithacan will host a rush night this Thursday (8/28) starting at 8 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.
If you want to join the campus radio stations, here’s your chance.