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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 0-6 years professional experience

I am just entering the field of sports and events in the area of marketing/communications. I am willing to do an internship for experience, but am wondering how to get the most out of the experience that I can parlay into a paying job opportunity?


In today’s marketplace, direct experience and contacts trump experience in another field or no experience and less/no contacts. Though no guarantee, experience and contacts will bring one closer to the inside track of job opportunities. Sometimes this will come through an internship, often an unpaid one. If you’re still in school, look into getting college credit as well.

It’s important to discuss responsibilities, training goals and mutual expectations, including time frame and (any) compensation. Also, if you are bringing other work experience and maturity/professionalism to a work place, that will be a plus. It is your responsibility to plan financially and you may have to take other paying work in the interim.

Do the job as given, take full advantage of both formal and informal discussions, learn as much as you can by observing, show initiative, put the experience at the top of your resume, add new contacts to LinkedIn, and keep in touch!

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Lauren Gordon

About Lauren Gordon

Lauren Gordon, Career Counselor at Career Transition for Dancers, provides counseling, group programs, seminars and training. A psychotherapist, EAP consultant and career counselor in private practice in New York City, Lauren serves the arts, sports and other communities. She is on the program committee of Career Development Specialists Network and has written about career transition, including a chapter on athlete career transitions in "Applying Sport Psychology."

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