I think the flash internship reaffirmed my love for sports and being surrounded by people who also love sports. Since they are on my mind 24/7, it was incredible to put those thoughts and passions to work throughout the three days, especially the day where we actually did the hands-on broadcast. I definitely want to pursue a career in sports media down the line, hopefully in an on-air role. However, if I learned anything this week, it’s to be patient and be willing to work my way up to the top, which I’m absolutely willing to do given how multifaceted the industry is and how many intriguing roles are contained within it.
My biggest takeaways, besides the one mentioned above about being patient, is that you dictate how you are regarded within the industry. If you go in with a positive attitude, do what’s required of you (the “homework”), and carry yourself professionally, then you will earn respect among peers and colleagues. I appearing dedicated and prepared is critical in such a competitive field because it easy to get replaced if you aren’t giving your all.
If I had to re-do anything during the internship, I’d say I would have liked to ask more questions during a couple of the events. I’m generally a person that shies away from being the first to raise his hand, and that nearly cost me the chance to ask a question I had really wanted to during the alumni panel. Therefore, I wish I would have been more proactive in engaging with some of the alumni from whom I had much to learn. However, I am satisfied overall with my level of involvement during the flash internship.