Since I aspire to work in sports for my future career, all of my experience has been in sports offices.
My first job was an internship with the Columbus Cottonmouths. I was notified of the opening by the director of internships via email. Although I was only a freshman, I decided to reach out. Management there was extremely nice and offered to interview me. They hired me after the interview, and I spent my freshman year attending class and interning there. I am very grateful for the opportunity the Cottonmouths organization provided me. I was able to get my feet wet in the sports industry and gain valuable skills while also making great friends and connections.
My second internship has been with Auburn Athletics. I was able to land this internship through connections. My friend Ben Walker, longtime AP Sports writer with a focus on baseball, knows Auburn’s Assistant Athletic Director that heads the Media Relations department. Through that relationship, I was interviewed and hired. I haven’t looked back since. The experience I’ve gained here is invaluable. I have gained almost every skill imaginable in the media relations field, made a great amount of connections and met many incredible people. I honestly have no idea where my career path would lead without this experience.
I have been able to work events with the SEC and ESPN because of my internship with Auburn Athletics. I have either been recommended by one of our SIDs to work these events or contacted directly when assistance was needed. Representing my university at conference-wide events is an unbelievable experience. I have enjoyed each one, and I look forward to working them in the future. Working events for ESPN is also a surreal experience. I enjoy seeing how the crew and talent handle their business, getting to know all of them and doing my job in correlation with them. Just knowing that I have represented both of these organizations is an honor and validates all of the hard work I have put in. It is a great feeling to have assurance that I am heading in the right direction.
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