Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Welfare & Development
Employer: GVSU Athletics
Job Title: Intern
Major: Sports Management
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
I worked with Mr. Walter Moore. He is the Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Welfare & Development. He offers programs for Student-Athletes beyond sports, helping advance them professionally and personally. The office of Student-Athlete Welfare and Development is committed to the entire Student-Athlete body by cultivating critical life skills which will prepare them for life after sports.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
I learned very valuable information from Mr. Moore. Different tasks that I completed were NCAA Bid Portal Submissions, Laker Impact Series Flyers, Budget for NCAA Bid Portal, Travel aspects for NCAA Bid Portal, GVSU Student-Athlete Welfare and Development Brochure, Social Media Production, Senior Spotlights, Careers In Public Service Fair, GVSU Job Listings Document, Varsity Jackets Spreadsheet, Listened on a conference call, GLIAC Track & Field Championships and other tasks.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I really learned a lot of what he did as Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare and Development. He has much responsibility and adds value to many different aspects within the athletic department as the SAW-D. He was extremely open to sharing skills and I gained a collection of knowledge from him through doing and conversation. Along with seeing how things are run and the daily tasks completed.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of this internship was working with Mr. Moore and learning more about the administration side of things in the sports industry. I enjoyed that each day consisted of something new. Something that will always stand out to me though was that he always asked me how I was doing, how my leg was doing (I had knee/leg surgery in the fall), and what was going on in life/school. He made a point to connect with me and build a relationship. I appreciated that we could converse back and fourth about anything. He always took the time to fully answer any questions or elaborate on something. He was willing to truly make sure I got the experience I wanted out of this internship. He allowed me to be creative and was open to different ideas. I highly recommend working with Mr. Moore.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This experience influenced my future career goals by just adding more passion to wanting to make an impact in peoples lives and the sports industry. It allowed me to learn a different side of athletics from an administrative point of view. I was lucky enough to learn from a great supervisor.