Alumni Spotlight

Jane Nicholson ’13
Executive Assistant
Nashville Sounds

Jane Nicholson ’13, an executive assistant for the Nashville Sounds, a Minor League Baseball team, says it is never too early to start securing internships in the industry, and to take full advantage of the resources Elon and its SPT program provide students.

Nicholson recommends that current students pursue internships as soon as possible, as each item on your resume helps you get to your next opportunity. “If I were to redo the entire process, I would have sought after an internship earlier in my college career,” says Nicholson. “I ended up interning for another collegiate summer baseball team after I graduated, and I think it truly benefited me to have another team on my resume moving forward.”

As someone who has made her way up the ranks in her industry, Nicholson advises students to seriously consider internship opportunities after college. “As a student looking into a career in the sports and entertainment industry, I wish someone told me not to discount post-graduate internships,” she says. “They often open the doors to incredible opportunities, and many organizations are more likely to hire you if you have previous experience and you've proven you're indisposable as an intern.”

“The SPT Department at Elon fosters strong and meaningful relationships with students and alumni which I believe is extremely important – it certainly motivates myself as an alum to stay involved with the department,” Nicholson says.

Nicholson maintains contacts with the SPT faculty and staff today, noting how willing they are to help their students, even after graduation. Nicholson says she still gets emails from professors highlighting job postings they think she might be interested in.

Written by Sophie Kane '17

Lauren Connolly ’09
Assistant Director
Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare

Loyola University Maryland

Lauren Connolly ’09 credits Elon University’s Sport Management Department – formerly Leisure and Sport Management – for building the foundation for her career in college athletics.

Long before her current role as assistant director of compliance and student-athlete welfare at Loyola University Maryland, Connolly was a student-athlete herself, participating in Elon’s track and field program.

As she competed on the track, the SPT Department’s curriculum was preparing her to “step right into an entry-level role in an athletic department,” she says. “The internship requirement forced me to make connections with individuals in the field and those connections are what lead me to my first internship and full-time employment.”

Connolly advises current students that networking is key to breaking into the competitive sport management industry. “The best advice I could give would be to make as many connections as you can while you are at Elon,” she says. “This could be by getting to know your professors, joining the Premier Sport and Event Society, or interning/volunteering with events on campus.”

And don’t just look for support on campus, Connolly notes. “Reach out to Elon alumni,” she says, “we are always here to help!”

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