Sky's the limit
Employer: WNBA Chicago Sky
Job Title: Youth Basketball/ Sales Intern
Major: Sport Management
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
The Chicago Sky is the women's professional team in Chicago. This is the Sky's 6th season. They play at All-State Arena in Rosemont, IL. The Sky is on verge of making their first playoff spot in franchise history. Community involvement is a high priority for the Sky. The Sky participates in numerous community projects throughout the year and focuses on building relationships with community groups and organizations around the Chicago land.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
Assisted Youth Basketball specialist with Court of Dreams programs in which youth teams get to play on the Sky court for 2 hours prior to the game. Setup and transported Sky material to and from event, team practices,and tournaments. Assisted running basketball clinics with youth at various schools and gym throughout the Chicagoland area. Sold tickets and obtained donations for Sky Cares.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I learned how to use the Archtics Ticketing System. This will help me in the future if I decide to go into ticket sales. Patience, communication and mental toughness is important in working in ticket sales. You have to learn to deal with rejection being an Account Executive. Making phone calls and being told no or simply being hung up on requires toughness in my opinion.
Favorite Part of the Experience
Being involved in the youth basketball camps was is one of my favorite part of this experience. I love the feeling of helping the youth and influencing them to be the best athlete's they can be. I liked helping out with the players practices and being interactive with the players and coaches.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This experience has had a great influenced on my future goals. It has helped me gain experience in ticket sales. I now know what is expected in this field. Helping out with the players practice has also influenced my future career goals. I can see myself being an equipment manager for a professional team. I would also strongly encourage everyone to look into getting an internship out of state. It gives you more opportunity to open more doors and connect with even more people.