After completing this flash internship, I’m honestly still not sure whether or not I want to pursue a career in sports media. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect on the experience yet or that I’m still a bit overwhelmed by everything that has happened within the past couple of days. However, that doesn’t mean the trip wasn’t valuable. In fact, the flash internship is probably one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had so far, and I’m grateful to have been one of the applicants chosen for the trip.
Though I’m still unsure about pursuing a career in sports media, I do know that I want to continue on-camera work. I did a lot of anchoring in high school for a show but halted all of that during my first year in college. When our group toured NBC Sports Group’s, the smooth wood of the desks, the flashing lights, and the sleek cameras triggered a rush of adrenaline and drive that I had often felt when putting myself in front of the camera back in high school. Standing in that studio last week is when I knew I had to get back to doing on-camera work.
In addition to reigniting my interest in being on-camera, there are a couple of valuable takeaways from the internship:
- Not everyone who enters the sports industry has to have a passion for sports. As someone who enjoys sports but does not have a particular passion for any one sport, team, or player, I was worried about the possible implications that this lack of passion might have on a career in the sports industry. After talking to a couple of alumni, though, it was clear to me that an individual can achieve great success as long as they love and are good at what they do — after that, a passion for sports is just a bonus.
- RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS…. People always stress the importance of building relationships with others in order to create a strong network, and man did that really shine during my internship. The most important point related to this concept, though? Don’t wait until you need someone’s help to contact them. Start building your relationship with them ahead of time so that when the time comes, they’ll be more inclined to help you out.
- To those interested in being talent, it is helpful to frame your questions with a beginning, middle, and end (i.e. reaction, past, future). And always communicate with the producer to get an idea of how many questions and how much time you get for your interview.
Though the internship was an absolutely incredible experience, there are some things that I would do differently if I had a second chance, the biggest being I’d take more risks. What I mean by this is asking more questions (even if they seem stupid in my head) and approaching more people, even if I found them to be intimidating. I don’t regret not doing those things the first time around since everyone has to start somewhere. Next time, though, I plan to attack the situation and work on channeling my nerves into ambition.