Patrick Superko ’14
Internship Site: Good Sports - Quincy, MA
I found my internship by networking. I talked with my neighbor who is on the board of directors of Good Sports and landed an interview that way. After the interview, I remained in contact with Good Sports until they finally made the decision weeks later to hire me as an intern.
The types of projects I worked on included doing basic market research for organizations to donate equipment and sports apparel to, calling and making phone calls to these specific organizations about what we, Good Sports, are all about, and I helped with the distribution and organization of the equipment and apparel. My favorite project, though, would have to be our football equipment donation to New Mexico, Arkansas, and other states. Being able to contact these groups first hand and talk to them about their needs and being able to fulfill those needs was a very rewarding process.
Overall the only challenge that I had with my experience with Good Sports was getting to understand the system of how things work here and where exactly I fit in with that system. Once I understood my role in the Good Sports family after a week or two, it made my work here much less challenging and much more enjoyable.
I met several contacts within the Good Sports team who were helpful. After talking with fellow interns and co-workers alike, they all gave me advice on school, education, and my future career path(s) that were helpful moving forward. I took their advice into consideration and gained many important contacts within the organization.
This internship has broadened my horizons of what industry I can potentially work in after college. Before this internship I was under the impression that I wanted to work in the sports industry, but now I have added working for a non-profit organization as one potential career path that I can take. It has helped with my future career goals because I have realized that in order to reach my future goals, I may have to spend some time after Dickinson College in graduate school getting more education before entering the workplace.
Tips from Patrick:
Start your internship search early, constantly keep expanding and using your network, and whichever internship you get, make sure to do at the best of your ability. You will only get out of your internship what you put into it.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.