Avery Floyd

Avery Floyd

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Sports and Leisure Management

Employer: Mohegan Sun

Internship Title: Regional Marketing Intern

 As a proactive and determined senior at Eastern, Avery Floyd has taken initiative to increase his level of experience and build on his resume. Floyd, a sports and leisure management major, completed an internship this past summer at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT.

As the Regional Marketing Intern at Mohegan Sun, Floyd had many responsibilities which allowed him to gain a better grasp on marketing events as well as the demand that the field entails. “I assisted in the efforts of creating public awareness about Mohegan Sun through sponsored events, distributed Mohegan Sun literature, and came up with promotional ideas to have an impact on the target market (males and females ages 21-65),” said Floyd.

The internship also provided Floyd with a greater knowledge on publicity of events, how much traveling was required in the position and the long hours. With this said, it also allowed him to understand how marketing plays a role in interactions with people and how this will benefit him with his career goals. “The internship tied into my career goals because I want to have a career in sports business. Regional marketing is one aspect that I wanted to learn more about and gain experience in that field. I enhanced interpersonal and organizational skills through the internship. I hope to use what I experienced throughout my internship as I go along further in the sports business field,” stated Floyd.

When asked what advice Floyd would provide to students who are interested in internships, he believes that the more internships you do the better. Professors have suggested to Floyd that successful students who have had a sports and leisure management major have done multiple internships. This is recommended because with more internships, students are able to network with more companies and individuals, which should open more doors for students.

The resource that Floyd used to find the internship was actually through Eastern’s Center for Internship’s and Career Development. “I found about my internship through an email from the Center for Internship’s and Career Development at Eastern. Fortunately, I responded right away and got myself a job interview shortly after responding. Not all students use the resources available to them. The CICD at Eastern goes out of their way to inform students about potential internships and job opportunities throughout the year,” said Floyd.

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Dave Santerre

Dave Santerre

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Sports and Leisure Management

Employer: Connecticut Tigers

Internship Title: Summer 2014 Intern

 As a recent graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Dave Santerre found an internship this past summer, which provided him with a memorable experience that can be included on his resume.

Santerre, a sports and leisure management major was lucky enough to find an internship that allowed him to work in a position that brought together his passion for sports as well as a better understanding of the ins and outs of Minor League Baseball.

Santerre was the summer 2014 intern for the Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. “The internship directly related to my career goals because coming into college I knew that I wanted to work in Minor League Baseball. This internship only enhanced my belief that I will work in Minor League Baseball,” said Santerre.

This CT Tigers internship was a great opportunity for Santerre because it allowed him to experience day to day tasks, as well as dealing with elements of the job like marketing, customer service and facility maintenance. Santerre stated, “Some responsibilities of the position were to prepare promotions and the field for each home game, sometimes selling tickets… I learned a great deal about running a Minor League Baseball team. I learned TicketReturn, which is a ticketing software system. Although, the most important thing I learned during this internship is that an internship is what you make of it.”

Santerre highly enjoyed and recommends internships for students especially an internship for the Connecticut Tigers. Between the long hours that he put in and the variety of work that he completed, nothing compared to the hands on experience that Santerre gained.

It is clear that it’s important to apply for internships during your college career, especially for companies that you would love to work for. “Although I did not find this internship through the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern; the CICD is a vital asset for current students, and each student should utilize this resource,” Santerre said.  

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Sarah Bent

<strong>Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Sport & Leisure Management

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Department

Internship Title: Community Service Intern

Sarah Bent is a senior Sports and Leisure Management major. This semester she is interning with the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Department as the Community Service Intern. Her job is to coordinate and facilitate the Athletic Department’s community service. Sarah interacts with the coaches, athletic, university administrators and the general public while planning and organizing community service projects. Through her internship she makes sure the department is creating strong relationships with the surrounding community. Sarah has learned the process of coordinating events which comes with its challenges with busy athletes and getting the community on board but it is very rewarding to her in the end.

After Sarah graduates in May, she hopes to work in a Division 1 Athletic Department in a college or university’s athletic administration. She was able to gain the knowledge of her next career goal through her current co-op because she is aware of what the job entails. Sarah’s advice to the students that have not completed an internship yet is to make sure you are truly interested in the position. “If you dread the work you are doing, you won’t give yourself an opportunity to learn from the experience. The more you enjoy it, the more you can take from it.”

Story by: Morgan Gerardi