Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics
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Michael Brown

Liberal Arts Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Other Major: Public Relations
Minor: Sports Studies
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As a Marketing and Promotions Intern with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, I assist the marketing department's full-time staff in carrying out unique fan engagement experiences. This internship allows me to interact with the players, coaches, and fans of all 31 Varsity Athletic programs at Penn State. Some of my most memorable experiences thus far include serving as the Director of Sound Operations for the 2021 PIAA Softball State Championships and being the public address announcer for the Penn State Swimming and Diving Teams.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship was a great way for me to both save time and achieve academic credit for my internship. I was able to use my internship with Penn State Athletics to satisfy 3 credits of 400-level classes for the Communication Arts and Sciences major. The supplemental work required to achieve academic credit was a great way to reflect on my experience while simultaneously improving my resume, networking strategies, and more!

"I have taken advantage of the professional staff I work with to network with sports business professionals both at Penn State and other institutions."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship with Penn State Athletics will allow me to gain a deeper understanding of the sports industry. I have taken advantage of the professional staff I work with to network with sports business professionals both at Penn State and other institutions. After my time at Penn State, I plan to attend graduate school and receive my master's degree in Sport Management or Business Administration. I want to do this free of cost by taking advantage of a campus recreation or athletics graduate assistantship program.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the generous assistance of a Liberal Arts donor, I was able to receive enrichment funds for my otherwise unpaid internship experience. This funding has helped me pay for tuition and other college expenses. I want to give special recognition to my Liberal Arts internship advisor, Dr. Miraldi, as he has been a great help throughout my internship process. Dr. Miraldi has been a great resource in helping me apply for funding, answering all my questions, and giving me advice along the way.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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