Internship Spotlight – Cara Tinkler, Golden State Warriors

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Cara Tinkler is a double major in Finance and MIS. She is set to graduate in May of 2020. This summer she interned for the Golden State Warriors as the Chase Center Intern in Oakland, California.


How did you get this internship? The GSW Executive Director of the Chase Center and Arizona alumni, whom I met through the Sports Marketing association, encouraged members of the club to apply for internships through the Warrior’s website. After applying, I reached out to him directly and he pushed me to the end of the application process because I was a fellow wildcat!

What was a typical day like? Every morning I started the day in a meeting with my supervisor to discuss tasks and projects. Then, I would typically work alone for a few hours compiling competitor analysis reports and contacting other NBA teams. In the early afternoon, I would usually travel to the San Francisco office to discuss new arena projects with the public affairs team. I ended my days with a work session for my intern group project to create slide decks and practice presenting.

What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the internship was getting to work on projects that directly affected the future of Chase Center. Knowing that I played in small role in developing San Francisco’s first professional arena was extremely rewarding.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: For my 8-week duration, I completed a group project with other interns regarding an event at Chase Center. We presented a community fair to be integrated into the grand opening month of the new arena, for Bay Area locals to be introduced to Chase Center before the NBA season went underway.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part of my internship was adapting to a new city where I knew no one. I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and talk to as many people as possible, but my network grew immensely because of it.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Do not be afraid to use the contacts in your network. The sports industry is largely based on connections, and a manager will be more likely to hire you if there is a prior relationship within the company. If you don’t know anyone at your company, find the contact information of someone who works there and introduce yourself after applying.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me for my internship by giving me solid presentation and speaking skills. I stood out among other interns and I received great feedback on projects because of it.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.