Students recount summer experiences at Sport Management Internship Forum

The Sport Management Department hosted its annual fall internship forum on Oct. 7, featuring a poster session highlighting the summer internships of 25 students.

Thirty-one students completed the Sport Management Department’s 400-hour internship requirement this past summer, gaining real-world experience with organizations across the sport industry. The department offered a look at how its students spent their summer months at the 2019 Sport Management Internship Forum held Oct. 7.

Derrick Redwine ’20 interned this summer with the New York Red Bulls, a Major League Soccer team in Harrison, New Jersey. He worked with the organization’s Regional Development School, a program for players 6 to 18 years old, assisting with tryouts, practices and tournaments. During the poster session, Redwine spent time talking with Communications Dean Rochelle Ford.

During the 90-minute program held in Long Building, 25 students participated in poster presentations, discussing their experiences with fellow students, faculty members and visitors.

The students completed their required for-credit internships with organizations ranging from sports governing bodies (USA Baseball and Latvian Golf Federation) to Minor League Baseball affiliates (Bowie Baysox, Burlington Royals, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Frederick Keys, High Point Rockers and Rockland Boulders). Additionally, students worked for agencies (Tandem Sports + Entertainment), sports apparel companies (Weatherman), campus recreation programs (San Francisco State University) and action sports entities (Spartan Race Inc.).

Marina Silva ’20 (left), who conducted an internship with the Frederick Keys, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, discusses her summer with the organization. During her internship, the sport management major teamed with fellow interns to oversee a service industry night event.

“Our Sport Management Internship Forum has become a tradition – and one that our department, both students and faculty members, looks forward to every fall,” Associate Professor Cara Lucia said. “It is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate our students’ dedication over the summer and the completion of their internship capstone projects. It is also a chance for our younger students, first-years and sophomores, to attend the event and realize the many opportunities that are available to them in the sport industry.”

To see photos of the internship forum, visit the School of Communications’ Flickr page.