A senior sports management major at Tusculum College from Greeneville has checked one item off her Christmas list early this year.
Aly Carrino was notified in late October that she was selected from among the pool of national candidates for an internship opportunity at college football’s Discover Orange Bowl football game.
While working during the holidays might not be on the average college student’s Christmas list, for Carrino, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
“This is an opportunity to work for a high profile organization, and it is an experience that will definitely benefit me in the future,” said Carrino. “This opportunity will help me as I look at applying for graduate programs and in my future employment.”
According to Dr. Dale Gibson, professor of physical education at Tusculum College and coordinator of the sports management internship program, these types of experiences make all the difference for students seeking careers in sports management.
“It is extremely difficult in this day and age to get a job in sports management; however, 60 percent of students who are placed in an internship are either offered fulltime employment or develop a network that leads to employment,” Gibson said.
Carrino credits Tom Ferguson, president of the Greene County Partnership and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, Gibson and the other professors in the physical education and sports management programs at Tusculum College with preparing her for the internship and future success.
During the summer she interned at the Greene County Partnership, where she met Ferguson.
Ferguson is a lifetime member of the Orange Bowl Committee, and recommended that Carrino apply for the internship and advised her on the process.
“Aly’s work for us this summer was exceptional,” Ferguson said. “She was professional, prepared and worked as hard as anyone. Because I knew her potential, I felt she would be a good candidate for the Orange Bowl Committee opportunity.”
As part of her duties during the Dec. 25 to Jan. 9 Discover Orange Bowl internship, Carrino will assist the host committee for the Orange Bowl and the Orange Bowl staff with functions of hosting the teams in the 2013 bowl.
She will assist with hospitality services for student-athletes and guests, work with transportation and interact with Orange Bowl Committee members, coaches, athletic administrators and studentathletes, as well as work on setups and coordination of various Discover Orange Bowl events.
“I’m interested in all aspects of sports, particularly professional sports or sports program management at the college level,” she said. “My programs at Tusculum College have prepared me for what’s ahead, and I have learned so much here.”