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The October 3 event, hosted by the Sports Management Department, provided a glimpse of how students spent their summer months gaining hands-on experience in the sports industry.

Reminiscing about his summer internship as a fan ambassador for his beloved Boston Red Sox, Adam Faberman ’23 shared an anecdote that even he struggles to understand.

Associate Professor Cara Lucia welcomes more than 70 participants to the Sport Management Internship Forum on October 3, which began with an hour-long panel discussion with students who have completed their internships in the summer of 2022.

The sports management major’s supervisors hired him to transport the Red Sox’s 2018 World Series trophy to a local community event. And he did so with his personal vehicle, securing the priceless hardware in his back seat.

“Looking back, it’s as absurd as it sounds,” Faberman told the 75-plus attendees at the Sport Management Internship Forum, held Oct. 3 at the Turner Theater. “And the people at the event actually thanked me for being there.”

​As part of the Sports Management Department’s 400-hour internship requirements, 30 sports management majors gained hands-on experience with organizations across the sports industry this summer. The internships took place at professional sports teams, league offices, media companies, college athletic departments, communications agencies and non-profit organizations. The department offered a glimpse of how their students spent their summer months at the annual forum, which began with Farberman having the ultimate Red Sox experience and chauffeuring the team’s ninth World Series trophy.

Photos of the internship forum are available on the school’s Flickr account.

As a panelist at the 2022 Sports Management Internship Forum, Adam Faberman ’23 (with microphone) recalled telling Associate Professor David Bockino in his first class that his goal was to work for the Red Sox. In the summer of 2022, the Sports Management course did just that.

The forum began with a panel discussion featuring an open conversation with students who shared details about their internship experiences, how they got their roles and any advice they have for students who are also interested in the sports industry. The hour-long panel included Brett Bailey ’23 (NASCAR), Lauryn Carlton ’23 (Chase Murphy Racing), Connor Cantalupo ’23 (Carolina Panthers), Colby Richardson ’23 (International Tennis Hall of Fame) and Faberman. Nick Ullian ’24, President of the Sport Management Society, moderated the conversation.

Among the most telling stories was Cantalupo’s retelling of the time he drove a circumcised Carolina Panther player back to Charlotte from the team’s South Carolina training facility. It was a bit “awkward,” he recalled. Overall, Cantalupo enjoyed working closely with his hometown team throughout training camp.

Faberman noted that while he’s an avid Red Sox supporter, he didn’t visit Fenway Park as a fan this summer. “You have to be patient when working with fans and participants because you get all kinds of questions and answers. Some of them are really amazing,” he said. “You have to put your fandom aside. You don’t represent yourself, you represent the organization.”

Lauryn Carlton ’23, who interned at Chase Murphy Racing this summer, shared that she only got interested in racing three years ago. In her role with the Alamance County-based race team, Carlton said she used her photo and content creation skills to give the team more visibility. “The value I was able to bring was promoting the brand,” she said.

Richardson pointed out that while he also enjoys tennis, his summer in the International Tennis Hall of Fame was about customer service, not games, volleys and wins and losses. “When working with clients, it’s important that you listen to their questions and concerns and then find solutions for them,” Richardson said.

When asked for advice, the panel’s quintet highlighted the importance of LinkedIn to connect with presenters who attend classes and learn the organizational structure of the companies you’re interested in. And don’t forget to network, network and network some more.

For Cara Lucia, Chair of the Sports Management Department, who welcomed the forum, the annual event is an opportunity to reflect on the past summer, but also an opportunity for students and colleagues to learn from each other.

“Our sports management internship forum creates an environment to highlight amazing student experiences with different sports organizations,” she said. “The forum offers current students the opportunity to learn more about the internship experience in a synergistic environment while also networking with colleagues and faculty.

Antonio White ’24 (right) speaks with Communications Fellow Bernardo Vargas ’26 (center) during student-led presentations in the Long Building. White completed an internship at Graham Sporting Goods in the summer of 2022.

“Students highlighted the importance of exposure to a segment of the sports industry, access to a network of industry professionals, developing new skills that will help them achieve their career goals, and their ambitions to work in sports, to consolidate.”

After the panel discussion, the forum moved to the Long Building, where more than 20 students gave presentations, using digital posters and computer transparencies to highlight their summer internships. The informal setting allowed students to speak freely and openly about the achievements and challenges of working in sports.

“Each year, the Annual Internship Forum truly showcases the amazing opportunities and achievements of the students in our program,” said Lucia.

Student presentations

Andrew Fish – Elon Men’s Basketball
Andrew Hughes – Burlington Sock Puppets
Antonio White – Graham Sporting Goods
Ari Wister – Worcester Woo Sox Foundation
Bryce Jeske- Hell
Cam Seefried – Wake Forest Athletics
Carson Fleece – Greensboro Locusts
Christian Braun – Conscious basketball
Gabriel Kessler—Philadelphia Union
Jack CohenOrleans Firebirds
Jake Sachs – Worcester Railers
Jordan Gower – US Baseball
Macklin Williams—Weatherby’s Maine Fishing & Hunting Lodge
Justin Allen – Elon Athletics – Ticket Office
Natalie Blalock – Middle Atlantic Junior Golf
Noah Zaret – Joe Favorito Sports Strategic Communication
Nolan Mark – WIT competitions
Olivia Lovell – Holly Springs Salamander
Rachel Roberts-Veniceball, LLC
Simon Roach-Round Rock Express
Teddy Freeman—Rochester Red Wings
Tre’von Jones – Elon Athletics – Facilities
Trevor Böhm – Athletics at the New Trier Gymnasium



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