There are many ways to describe the business side of sports. The word “lucrative” could be one of the most accurate portrayals of the ever-growing multi-billion dollar industry. If you’re a fan with a knack for business, you’ve probably dreamed of working for your favorite game – even if you never made it past the club level. But how does someone get that proverbial foot in the door of the sporting world? An internship might be the best way to get a leg up on the competition.
The popular cliché when it comes to interning is the idea that interns are the youngsters who run errands and grab coffee for the higher-ups. Being an intern isn’t the most glamorous gig on earth, but it can be very beneficial in the growth of your career.
Summer internships are a great option for students. Working for the entire summer is a major drawback, but gaining experience while building your resume can be worth it. Many summer internship application deadlines are in late March or early April so it’s better to apply as soon as you decide you want to intern. It won’t hurt to apply for multiple internships. If you get more than one you can choose which one you are most interested in.
Internships can introduce you to people who can be valuable in your career development. Adding credible references who have seen you at work is never a bad thing. After a summer of interning you should have a long list of contacts to help you along your career path.
Working alongside people in the field of your choice and seeing what they go through day-to-day will get you ready for your post-graduation life. The skills you pick up while interning can help get you ahead of the sports business game. In sports, preparation is a huge part of playing the game. Why not prepare for your future?
Think you’ve got what it takes? If you dream about spending your summer in a suit that’s not made for pool parties check out CM’s roundup of where to apply for sports internships:
*Photo by: John Marcus III