Thursday, March 13, 2014

From the Sideline: Stadium Stories

Working in football is fun and stressful and one of the best learning experiences someone hoping to work in sports can possibly have.

As a kid of the Pixar generation, I couldn't resist.
As an intern, some of your most important and resourceful coworkers are your fellow interns. However, your interaction level with your co-interns will vary per internship.

For example, during my university PR internship, I didn’t even know there were other interns in the communications department. In the six months I was an intern, I never saw the other intern(s). Or if I did, I didn't know it because we were never introduced.

My major junior hockey internship was an entirely different story. First, I was part of an intern class. Second, our hierarchy was modeled after the team: our supervisor was the coach (we called him Coach Bombay—if you don’t get the reference, I can't be associated with you, but I suggest you Google it.) and we were his team (we called ourselves the Pod—our mascot was an orca). In true hockey fashion, we spent nearly all our time together: in the office, on game day and even off days. Our constant bonding fostered friendships that are still intact today (shout out to the Tripod!)

My football internship was another completely different experience. I was part of an intern class, however, about half the interns in my orientation would be gone before the kickoff of the regular season—they were interns brought in only for the two-week training camp.

Second, I was part of the training facility intern class but I worked at the stadium, and it wasn’t until months into my internship that I learned there were other interns at the stadium.

About halfway through the season, I formally met the marketing intern—he was a nice enough guy, and he introduced me to the events intern. I already knew of the events intern, and then I learned more about her thanks to one of my fellow training-facility interns (they went to university together but were not fond of each other). However, every time I tried to make friendly convo, she did not seem too keen to reciprocate. Later, I found out she thought I disliked her (probably due to my connection with her college foe), which was untrue.

The three of us had our intern bonding moment during the weekend of the company office party. The weather wasn’t terrible, but the snow was more than most southeastern Michiganians can handle, so my usual crew of work friends bailed on the party, but me and my co-interns still went and had a blast!

Now that my internship is over, I haven't really kept in touch with any of my co-interns, but that's okay. It’s a good reminder that you will not befriend every coworker and don’t sweat it.

But once in a while you will befriend a coworker (or two!) and he or she (or they) will be one your closest friends.

Until next time, kiddies!


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