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Official Blog Page of the Mississippi RiverKings Interns

Between The Posts is a blog aimed at informing prospective sports industry interns of the opportunities presented to young people in the sports industry. In addition to profiling internship related material, Between The Posts also acts as a snapshot of the day to day interactions that the RiverKings interns face.

This blog will profile various Interns in the Mississippi RiverKings front office, detailing their responsibilities, but also their interests, and their excursions into the Mid-South region. In addition to providing internship related information, Between The Posts also seeks to help sports industry interns gain a better understanding of the industry in which they work, and ultimately hope to build their career. For regular visual updates to what the interns are doing, follow us on Twitter, @RKInterns!

A Little Bit About Us

RiverKings interns hail from a diverse background, boasting many different skill sets and academic fields.

Jake Powell

Jake is a current masters candidate at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Jake received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama in December of 2012, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at CBU.  He will Graduate in May of 2016.

Andrew Kiepe

Andrew is a Junior at the University of Memphis, studying Sport and Leisure Management.  Andrew is slated to graduate in May of 2017.

Austin Brown

Austin is a junior at Florida State University, studying Sports Management.  He plans to graduate in 2017, and is looking to pursue his J.D. after he receives his bachelor's degree.

Donnie Shea

Donnie is a senior at the University of Memphis, studying Sports Management.  Donnie intends to graduate with his Bachelor's degree in may of 2016. In his free time, Donnie coaches high school football for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN.

Prospective Interns

RiverKings hockey is always looking for prospective interns. Detailed information regarding the responsibilities and roles of the interns are listed on the Internships page at riverkings.com. Those looking for a snapshot look into what the interns do on a daily basis can follow us on twitter, with the account @RKInterns. Here, you can see the various opportunities and excursions afforded to the interns.


New Kid on the Block

Hey everyone, this is new intern Donnie Shea writing this week. Although I'm sure most of you have already checked out my bio page, go check it out if you haven't! I am now in my third week here as an RK Intern, and things are really going well. For the blog, I'll take you through things week-by-week up to this point.

week one - the beginning

My first few days on the job were, for lack of a better word, boring. Walking in the first day, I was expecting to come in, make a few phone calls, make a few dollars, and leave feeling like I had just accomplished something new. Instead, the first thing I did was fill out some required paperwork. After I had finished that, I created my own bio page. (Again, go check it out!) Then I sat at my desk, unsure about what to do next. Finally, my fellow intern Jake showed me around a little bit. We walked around the facilities and he gave me an overview of how things worked around the office. As the week went on, I became more comfortable, but I was still unsure about what exactly I needed to be doing. Then, Friday rolled around and I was at my first game day.

I was excited for a couple of reasons. First, I was curious to see how sporting events truly worked from the other side of things rather than just being a fan. Second, I had not been to a hockey game in many years, but I knew how exciting they could be. We prepare for game days by setting up tables throughout the concourse, counting foams pucks for the puck toss and hanging signs around the concourse and basement, among other things. 

During the game itself, Austin and I were placed at the post-game skate table, where we collected money and waivers from fans who wanted to skate on the ice following the game. About midway through the third period, we close the table and head down to watch the end of the game and prepare for the post-game skate. Following the game, we hand out skates to those participating and wipe them off when they are done. Then, just like that, my first game day was done and, though the hours were long, I found myself really enjoying it. We had another game Saturday and went through the same routine.

Week two - getting comfortable

My first weekend of games helped me grow more comfortable with my role within the organization and with my coworkers. My second week, I began to gather a list of potential group sales leads and contacting people about making those sales. I also stepped into the role of mascot for the first time. We made multiple visits to schools that week to give out tickets, talk about bullying, and read to children. For one appearance, I even got to play goalie (while being RiverThing) for broomball, which is kind of like hockey with a broom and ball on land instead of a stick and puck on ice. We let the kids score (I even added some theatrics; diving on the ground when the shot was taken. The kids ate it up) and everyone had a great time.

Although RiverThing can get pretty hot, it's fun to see the reactions of the children when they see the mascot walk through the door. We had two more games that weekend, where we conducted our usual game day activities.  My second week went smoothly, and I even had my first two group sales lined up! 

Week three - finally making moves

As week three rolled around, I started to enjoy myself more and more. On Tuesday, we had our second Face Off Field Trip game of the season. The FOFT games are much different for us than most game days. Because the game was a 10:35 am puck drop, we had to set up the day before and be at work earlier than usual. For the game, we were posted up at each entrance to show each school where they would be sitting as they arrived. These games are great because shortly after the game started, we were able to more hockey than usual. I finally made my first sale as an intern to members of my fraternity at the University of Memphis who will be coming to the game Saturday night for College Night.  

So there you have it, my first few weeks in a nutshell. Thanks for reading and go follow us on Twitter @RKInterns!

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 1:32 PM

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