Although my time here at Sport in Society has been brief, the skills, information and lessons that I have learned have been plentiful. Upon embarking on my summer internship, here at S.I.S., I was hopeful and ambitious, excited to learn about the world of non-profits and sport. And in just two short months I earned a certificate of completion at the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute, completed a photographic documentary on sport-based youth development organizations in Boston, built relationships with my fellow interns, learned about professional development, and so much more.
Participating in the M.V.P. training program allowed me to enhance my knowledge of how to address, stop and be sensitive about men’s violence towards women. Upon beginning the program I was a little bit reserved. I felt as if the issue of men’s violence towards women was blatantly obvious; it’s wrong and you shouldn’t do it. Yet throughout the training I began to realize all the different complications and “gray areas” of the topic and how difficult, not only, is it to completely stop men’s violence towards women, but also how hard it can be to even talk about the issue. Being in a safe and open environment with people from so many different backgrounds allowed me to see many different sides of the issue and helped me sympathize with them. As a fairly shy individual I was very nervous when I heard that we, the participants, would be facilitating our own conversations on the final day of training. Yet, when my time came to facilitate the task came much easier than expected, as I had learned from our own facilitators how to efficiently tackle the job. Overall, the M.V.P. institute was a great learning experience for me and I am very happy that it was a part my internship.
As summer interns, we were all encouraged to create our own project, based upon a subject which appealed to our own interests. I found it difficult at first to come up my own project without any sort of restrictions. Finally, I decided that I would research the local Division 1 school’s adherence to Title IX, particularly the schools’ distributions of athletic scholarships. When I discovered this research had already been completed, I became a bit discouraged. Then I decided upon a project that involved my love of sports and my hobby of photography. I concluded that I would set out to create a photographic documentary promoting sport-based youth development organizations in the Boston area.
The creation of my photographic documentary proved to be a bit more difficult than I had expected. It took weeks for me to get in contact and set up shooting dates with the organizations. I thought I was going to be able to include more groups into my project but I ended up only shooting three; Tenacity, America Scores: Boston, and Metro Lacrosse. Another obstacle that I encountered was my lack of experience photographing sporting events. I have had experience shooting stills but had never really shot moving objects or people. It was a bit challenging to photograph some of these events because the pace was so fast and my camera was definitely not as equipped for such a task as a may have liked. In the end I compiled a group of 20 photographs from the three programs I photographed. Editing and arranging these photos proved to be a very tedious and time-consuming undertaking. However, in the end I think that the project turned out to be pretty decent. I definitely wish that I had camera wish a faster shutter to have captured better action shots but I think that I did an alright job with the tools that I had.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience here at Sport in Society. I enjoyed learning about the organization, our partner affiliations and the world of social justice based non-profits. This internship definitely helped me realize that I would like to work within this field, perhaps for a sport-based youth development organization. My only regret is not having enough time and sufficient equipment to complete my project.
Intern, Kate Wegener