There are many interesting and fun internship opportunities that are available to Sport Management majors. You can choose from a variety of options, from working with a highly known team like the Cleveland Indians to working at a high school athletic department. Within these internships, students learn to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life scenarios.
Shelbie Johnson, an Ashland University Sport Management major, had an amazing internship opportunity. Shelbie is a junior at AU and is involved in many other activities on campus. She is the president of the Sport Business Club, has done field experience with the AU compliance director and has worked with the Ashland High School athletic director.
Shelbie’s internship opportunity was with Delaware North Target Field Sportservice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This company has provided memorable experiences for nearly 100 years. From sports and entertainment venues, to gaming destinations; from parks and resorts to bustling travel hubs, the hospitality management team works across the United States and around the globe to ensure that all guests enjoy these special places.
As an intern, Shelbie gained much experience and many opportunities to learn more about the field. Her main responsibilities within this internship included:
- Supervising concessions/non-profit and vending personnel
- Ensuring concession stations are set up for each business day
- Preparing various sales and operational reports as required; analyze product usage.
- Ensuring that proper sanitation procedures are followed
- Keeping records of menu item sales and waste
- Preparing for the 2014 MLB All Star Game
- Supervising the self-serve draft beer machines
During her experience at Target Field, she was also able to be a part of the Minnesota Twins hosting the 2014 MLB All Star Game Events.
A Love for the Game
When asked if she enjoyed her internship at Target field, she said:
“I loved the internship! I worked with amazing people and got to experience new things every day. No day was ever the same and it kept things very interesting.”
In response to asking Shelbie how she thinks she could use her experiences she gained in this internship in her future career, she said:
“It benefited me because I was able to make numerous connections that have led me to meeting other management teams at other ball parks. I have great references now.”
Last, noted her favorite thing about working at Target Field:
“My bosses are very helpful and always sending me helpful info for the future and are always willing to help me prepare for interviews. Overall, it was a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and experience the real world.”
As Shelbie and I talked about her internship, it was clear that she was just so excited about it. It is great to be able to pair something that you love and have an interest in with your career path and internship opportunity. Shelbie is just one example of a student at Ashland University who has had the opportunity to work with an established company like Delaware North. She will carry her internship experiences with her in her future endeavors.
Want to learn more about Shelbie’s internship opportunity? Check out the company here.
Margo Miller is a junior and doubling majoring in marketing and psychology at Ashland University. She is also a member of Delta Zeta sorority and hopes to pursue a career in consumer behavior.