|University of Tampa student Alex Miles '10 never thought he’d be eating dinner, playing ping pong and joking around with Tampa Bay Buccaneer football players and hopefuls last summer. As an intern at the summer training camp in Tampa, Miles did just that.
“It [was] really exciting to wake up every day and work here, to be around the coaches, the marketing department and scouting. It [was] such a rush,” said Miles, a sport management major.
Miles stayed at a hotel near the Bucs training facility with the players. He started his days at 5:30 a.m. and shuttled players to and from the practice field. He, along with a group of about 20 interns, helped make sure the days go smoothly logistically. He assisted with autograph sessions, charted plays for coaches, processed the credentials for media and celebrities and sat in on the video editing of play review tapes.
“I definitely believe UT is the best in the country for not only teaching but for the hands-on learning experiences you can get,” said Miles, who has worked with the Tampa Bay Lightning in their guest services department, volunteered with the Clearwater Ironman race and co-founded the Sports and Entertainment Management Society, which provides volunteer opportunities in members’ career fields. He also volunteered in January 2009 for the NFL Experience during Super Bowl XLIII.