Jake Redlinger Internship
Internship: UIS Athletics Media and Communications office
Jake Redlinger: “I want to become an athletic director because I loved playing sports in high school and college, and I also believe that athletics help kids develop into responsible men and women who know how to work as a team.”
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was accepting an internship and working in the Athletic Department at the University of Illinois Springfield. My major is Business Administration and my goal is to become an athletic director. This internship was a perfect fit for what I hope to achieve in life. I want to become an athletic director because I loved playing sports in high school and college, and I also believe that athletics help kids develop into responsible men and women who know how to work as a team.
Thanks to my supervisor, Joe Monahan, I have a better understanding as to what goes on in the Athletic Department on a daily basis. It’s been exciting to work with administration, coaches, players, etc. I’ve also been able to participate in numerous athletic events. The number one outcome that I will take from this internship is learning how much time it takes to create a fun and entertaining event for students. At first, I thought it would be easy, but after setting up for events such as Homecoming and Blue Madness, I now realize the knowledge and effort involved.
This internship also improved my communication skills. In addition to interacting in person, any job requires effective communication including being able to write in a way that everyone can comprehend. Some of my writing duties included email, previews and recaps for sport events and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
I would strongly encourage any student who is thinking about entering into athletics to choose an internship with the Athletic Department at UIS. Everyone in the department is easy to get along with and friendly, and the staff has taught me so much that will be valuable in the future. Thank you UIS Athletic Department for your confidence and support. I’m confident that this opportunity will continue to help me in the future.
– Jake Redlinger