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Sydney Eckert

Major: Economics
Hometown: Kennett Square, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I have always had a passion for sports, but I did not know a lot about the career opportunities in the industry. Prior to beginning my search for an internship, I learned about in the sports industry through the PSU Sports Business Club. The club brought in speakers who gave me an idea of what I needed to do, in order to land my dream internship. I applied for over 40 internships, most of which I found on Teamworkonline.com. In addition, I was constantly on my computer searching for internships. I researched various sports organizations to see what opportunities they had for students. Essentially, I wasn't going to rest until I was offered an internship.

Essentially, I wasn't going to rest until I was offered an internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This summer, I interned with The Washington Redskins in their Charitable Foundation. My main goal was to assist in the preparation and implementation of the 2017 Redskins Training Camp. I worked closely with the full-time staff to plan events that would take place during camp. From Youth Football Day to Kid's Day, we worked to create fun ways to giveback to the people in the Richmond area. In addition, I assisted in the execution of several other programs that the Charitable Foundation held including the Special Olympics Kick-off event. It was great to see the end result after all the work that went into planning the events!

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have certainly grown through this experience. My work with The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation was like nothing I had done before. I learned quickly how to operate in a high stress and fast paced environment. We would spend a lot of time planning events, but they would almost never go according to plan. I could have known everything about the event, but in order to succeed on event days I needed to be flexible. During Training Camp, there were numerous departments onsite that had separate events happening simultaneously. It was important not to get overwhelmed by all the moving parts and focus on the task at hand. In the end, this internship increased my knowledge of event planning and of the sports industry as a whole.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to further my education by attending Graduate School. In addition, I will continue searching for jobs/internships within in the sports industry. The energy and spirit that is associated with professional sports teams make for an exciting work atmosphere. This internship has made me realize that the sports industry is where I want to be.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes! I would recommend this experience to anyone that is interested in the sports industry. It is a great way to see the various jobs and opportunities within an NFL team.

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