Wow, so this summer flew by faster than I was expecting.
My goal for this summer was to keep my blog updated with all the exciting experiences I was making at my internship with the Nashua Silver Knights. However, considering it is currently September my goal has obviously not been reached. But I did want to sum up the wonderful summer I had working as an intern for the Knights.
I was hired as a Community Relations Intern and was told I would also be running the merchandise stand. Although my goal was to work primarily in media, I couldn't say no to my first internship outside of my school. Despite not knowing anyone at the start of my internship we all quickly grew close as we performed some of the dirtier tasks required of the interns during the first few weeks. Specifically, cleaning the bouncy houses and bathrooms.
Throughout the season, my intern duties ranged. Tasks included but were not limited to: organizing community outreach, attending sponsorship meetings, organizing a full inventory, attending mascot appearances, creating advertisements for the local paper, doing players laundry, brainstorming on-field games, cleaning the stadium, performing a dance to "Love is Gone" in front of a crowd, scalping, I mean giving out, playoff tickets, and updating the website with creative content. (I was lucky enough to be one of the only interns who didn't have to blow the stadium after the games concluded. Sorry, not sorry, guys.)
However I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Throughout the summer, Holman Stadium became my home. I saw my co-workers more than I saw my own family. We laughed together, cried together, napped together, and even partied together. I mean, how else would you be able to make it through 16-hour work days? We even slept at Holman Stadium.
But working as a member of the Nashua Silver Knights taught me a lot of things about this industry. Here are just a few:
- Everything has a deadline. And you better be ready to meet it.
- Not everything is going to go according to plan. You must be quick on your feet and adapt.
- A lot of your work might go unnoticed to the public, but without it the organization wouldn't function properly.
-Networking is key. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. (Proof: One night, Jack Edwards, the play-by-play announcer for the Bruins, was making an appearance at one of our games. I introduced myself and asked if he had any advice for someone trying to enter the field of TV and Sports Broadcasting. I was expecting to receive a quick piece of advice from this New England Legend. Instead he gave me his contact information, and he has given me the best advice I could have ever received. Thanks to this internship, I can now call Jack Edwards one off my career mentors.)
-You might as well make the most of your time at any given organization. After all, you are the one who signed up for an unpaid, or low-paid, internship.
I could go on and on about the great summer I had but I don't want to bore anyone. However I do want to thank everyone at the Nashua Silver Knights for being so kind and supportive. I do think I will be able to call these people my friends forever.