Graduates Head to Commencement with Job Offers in Hand

Published: Dec 13, 2012
Jenna Tinney ’12, of Naples, FL, has been offered five jobs.
Jenna Tinney ’12, of Naples, FL, has been offered five jobs.
Jim Hyland ’12, of Ogdensburg, NJ, was offered a job with the same sport agent with which he interned.
Jim Hyland ’12, of Ogdensburg, NJ, was offered a job with the same sport agent with which he interned.
Once a month, the sport management department hosts a Monday night meeting with students looking for internships to meet groups like the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Pittsburg Pirates who are looking to hire interns.

That’s where Jim Hyland ’12 met a Tampa-based sport agent in the fall of 2011 and landed an internship scouting college football athletes, updating lists of upcoming players to keep an eye on, and doing outreach with sponsors. One year later, as Hyland is about to walk across the commencement stage on Dec. 15, that internship has turned into a job offer.

“Every single class I’ve taken has helped me become who I am today. The sport management department helped me become who I am today and is helping me get where I’m going next,” said Hyland, of Ogdensburg, NJ. “They really push you out there.”

Hyland, a sport management major, was also an athletic marketing intern in the spring and fall of 2012. He said the opportunity gave him a great idea of the variety involved in his field, from marketing and promotions to sales and customer service. Both his internships helped give him a feel for the field and helped him find his place in it.

Jenna Tinney ’12, of Naples, FL, came to UT with a significant amount of dual enrollment credits from high school and was able to finish college early. At 20 years old, Tinney, a communication major with an advertising minor, said she took every advantage to see what was available in her field. She had six internships during her two-and-a-half years at UT. A highlight of her UT experience was her public relations internship abroad and study abroad, both in London.

Tinney also spent nearly three days a week in UT’s Career Services Office asking questions, attending speed networking events and learning how to market herself to employers.

“I really got comfortable with networking and learning how to interact with business professionals,” said Tinney, who will be introducing the speaker at commencement on Saturday.

She’s been offered five jobs once she graduates. Now she just has to choose.

The University of Tampa will hold its 133rd commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. in the newly re-dedicated Bob Martinez Athletics Center. The ceremony will include 445 graduates, including two associate’s degree candidates, 351 bachelor’s degree candidates and 92 master’s degree candidates.

The ceremony is open to the public, though seating is limited.To view a webcast of Saturday’s commencement ceremony, go to www.ut.edu/commencementlive/. Tweet at #UTCommencement.