Although I was born in Southie, I have lived outside of Boston my entire life, primarily in Pittsburgh. Upon graduating highs school, I had two paths laid before me. My options were to either continue with a post-graduate year at Phillips Academy Andover to pursue an athletic career or accept my acceptance to Elon University to study business. I chose to attend Elon.
For my search of a summer internship, I was drawn back to my city of birth. An opportunity arose with a nonprofit organization based out of Northeastern University called Sport in Society. I eagerly applied, and a couple of Skype interviews later I was offered a position. After twenty years of calling somewhere else my home, I found myself back in Boston. As excited as I was, was also anxious to start fresh at a somewhat unfamiliar place I had so long been away from.
All of those concerns were quelled shortly into my first day at Sport in Society, and my feeling of nervousness turned into excitement for what was to come. Each and every one of the incredibly nice people involved with the organization welcomed me with open arms and encouraged judgment free dialogue throughout the orientation. It created an open and comfortable environment and allowed me and my fellow interns to bond with the team and with each other. Two ice-breaker filled days later, we were already traveling to our first anti-bullying training session at a school in Dorchester, which really helped our budding intern relationship and forced us to cooperate in an effort to convey an important message to the children.
As far as integrating the new interns into the program and providing insight into how things work, there could not have been a better group of co-ops. The four operatives, whose time at Sport in Society expired mid-June, gave us a crash course on what to expect and how to behave, and did not allow any time for nerves to creep in. They were great, and the overlap between our term and theirs, although brief, was extremely positive and memorable, and they set the tone for us.
In the short five weeks I have been interning, we have shared a vast many experiences and, through the collaboration and constant dialogue, become very close friends. We have been a part of a number of trainings, scoured the city on a very expansive scavenger hunt and taken part in the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute, all of which promoted teamwork and positivity in an effort to bring us together.
My time with Sport in Society has been incredibly rewarding in every conceivable way. I have learned a lot, gained considerable experience and created several great lifelong personal and professional bonds. I could not have chosen a better summer internship, and the skills I have and will acquire over the duration of the time I spend here will serve me well in the future. My transition from small suburban town to big city has been smooth sailing and every single nervous feeling I ever had has been extinguished by Sport in Society.