Savannah Rizzo is a Marketing major set to graduate in December 2020. This summer she interned for The Camogie Association in Dublin, Ireland.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.
Going into this internship, I thought it would be more centered around sports marketing, but I quickly found out that it was more about coach education. Even though the field of work was a little different than I expected, I went straight to work applying marketing skills that I had learned through Eller and my job to help promote coaching education courses. Three big projects I worked on in my time at The Camogie Association were recording a podcast called The Coaching Bubble, administering a course at Trinity College for primary school teachers, and creating content for GAA teams as well as Camogie teams.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
I think the most challenging part of my job was adjusting to how the Irish workplace operates and what they expect. The language is very different even though they speak English, so when I would write memos or even create marketing content, I would have to be diligent in making sure it would align with how Irish people would speak, etc. They are much freer in their speech and more laid back with things, so it was a bit of a shock some of the things I would hear or have to create because it would be less acceptable in America.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad?
DO IT! Do not let anyone or anything hold you back from studying/working abroad. We are only this young once and being able to say that you were able to live in a foreign country for 2 months, working and being one of the locals is not something many people can say. If you go abroad, take every opportunity you can. Do not miss out on anything. It can be a bit scary at first, but it is just like going to college for the first time: nerve-wracking and intimidating, but WORTH IT! I am so happy I got to come abroad and get this experience because it has really made me realize things about myself, my self-worth, and just being a cultured adult. You are never going to get another opportunity like this so do not pass it up because if you do, you will regret it forever.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?
My BCOM classes actually helped me the most in my time at my internship abroad. BCOM 214 and 314 really helped me in writing memos, understanding how to carry myself in a professional setting, and just being more confident. I think first semester Eller really helped me as a whole in being on top of things, being a hard worker, and being able to work with different people.