By MADISON NASTEFF '19
This winter, Rice University Sport Management students took
advantage of their time off to gain valuable internship experiences. From the
Chevron Houston Marathon to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, the students were able
to apply what they learned throughout the semester and contribute to some
Cody Staab '19 got to participate in a winter internship as an
Operations Intern for the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. Preparing ticket packages,
interacting with sponsors, and fine tuning every detail for the more than
70,000 fans in attendance, Staab and his team were able to successfully execute
this massive event held here in Houston.
"So many little things were in order to put on the bowl game," Staab
remarked. "No matter how small something may seem it might make all the
difference in the end result."Samantha Quen '20 took advantage of connections in the Rice Department of Sport
Management to intern for the Playstation Fiesta Bowl and Motel 6
Cactus Bowl just miles from her hometown in Arizona. Just a freshman, Quen
interned in the Game and Event Operations department working hard to create and
distribute credentials for both games. She also got the opportunity to attend
media days and press conferences in the media hotel, exposing her to the events
from a whole new perspective. Her hard work culminated in being able to attend
both bowl games and establish connections for future internships.
Rice Baseball catcher Dominic DiCaprio '19 spent his winter offseason working for the Florida Panthers in sponsor
activation and contracts. He was able to interact with sponsors and ensure they
had the best experience possible working with the Panthers. DiCaprio applied
skills he learned in his Sport Management courses, including dressing well,
showing up on time, and being respectful when talking to staff, to leave a good
impression on the team and get a foot in the door of the professional sports
world.Track and field middle distance runner Jesse Roberts '20 got to immerse
himself in the broader running community of Houston interning with the Chevron
Houston Marathon. He worked with the elite athletes to make sure they had all
accommodations necessary for their arrival in Houston and on race day. His job
included reviewing their contracts, meeting them upon arrival in Houston, and
insuring their stay went smoothly.
In addition to his stint in Houston, Roberts found himself in a lucky
situation. While speaking with a contractor who was hired to help with elite
athletes in Houston, he was offered a position to fly to Boston just two weeks
later to help at another race. Roberts travelled--all expenses paid--to Boston
and got the opportunity to escort elite athletes from the airport to the hotel,
and then from the waiting area to the starting line on race day. Through this
opportunity, Roberts met many different people and was able to greatly expand
his professional network as just a freshmen student.Roberts said this of his experience: "I've met so many people through this
internship, and now my networks have grown so greatly, which is something I am
really excited about."
New to the Department of Sport Management, Bailey Douglas '19, got her feet
wet this winter helping the Associate Manager of ESPN Events. She worked on the
sites of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas
Bowl in operations. Her assignments included preparing for the game, setting up
the stadiums in the days before, and resolving any conflicts on game day.
Douglas enjoyed the opportunity to see the bowl games from the other side.
"I've been to plenty of football games, but I loved doing behind the
scenes jobs in this fast paced environment, having to tackle multiple tasks at
once so that everything ran smoothly," Douglas remarked.
Douglas also did something special that impressed her manager. After the games
had finished, she sent him a hand-written thank you note explaining how
grateful she was for the opportunity to participate in her internship. He
replied with an email saying how much he appreciated the note. The Rice Department of Sport
Management encourages their students to go above and beyond, and
acts like this are what makes our students stand out from the rest.
A full list of Winter 2017 internships completed by Sport Management students
is listed below:
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251