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