Stop Messing Up Your Sports Internships and Entry Level Jobs! - Work in Sports Podcast e056

By Brian Clapp | March 02, 2018

Sports internships and entry level jobs are huge opportunities, but I'm sorry, too many of you are messing up. If you are making the mistakes we outline in this episode, you need to stop, NOW!

Hi everybody – I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for and this is the Work in Sports podcast.

Big thanks to Loretta Kerner, Sr Manager of the San Antonio Spurs Silver and Black Give Back team for joining the show earlier this week as our industry expert – if you haven’t listened to that podcast it is really worth it.

Loretta started down a career path in politics, and then pivoted into sports, which is a very helpful conversation for those of you who are looking to change careers. Also, she has truly found her passion and loves her work, which makes for a very inspiring conversation – so check that interview out.

I also wanted to thank her for joining our private facebook group – it’s cool when the guests come in a chat. Sports recruiter Dan Rossetti is in there, Gina Miller VP of Media and Communication for FC Dallas is in there, Carl Manteau Senior Director of Group Sales for the Milwaukee Bucks is in there.

Very cool. You can join in that conversation too – just search for the work in Sports podcast on facebook, answer a few questions just to prove you are real, and then you are in! And if you are in, don’t just be a voyeur, this is an interactive, problem solving, networking group – so you have to be active in the conversation. Help others and be helped.Your Sports Career Questions Answered

Alright on to today’s fan question –

This is actually a combo platter, I had 3-4 versions of this question come in this week so it seems like a good subject to cover.

It goes a little something like this:

“Hi Brian, I love the podcast. (All questions have to start with that or else they have no chance of being read)

I’m about to go on my first internship, but I’m nervous and I don’t want to mess it up. Can you help advise me on what mistakes to avoid and what I can do to make the right impression.  

This is one of those foundational questions. It applies to everyone. Everyone has done or will do sports internships, and needs a little advice on how to nail it.

Here’s the best part too – these pieces of advice I’m about to share work for entry level jobs too.

These are the essential tools for making the right impression on an internship, but don’t kid yourself, you are still on display even when you get a first job. Superiors are watching to make sure they made a good decision in hiring you and if you will be worthy of their time, development and eventually promotions.

You are still proving yourself even after you get the job.

So let’s get into it.

Listen to the podcast episode for all the great advice from Brian Clapp!

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