Taylor Hamilton: Ames High School Athletic Department

What has she been up to?
Taylor Hamilton, a Sports Administration major, spent May Term interning with Judge Johnston, Ames High School’s Athletic Director.  As part of her three-week internship, Taylor helped compile the Business Membership and Family Membership forms and packets to be sent out in support of the Athletic Booster Club for the 2013-2014 school year.  She also designed and executed the production of 250 activity passes for the business boosters, redesigned the Varsity Letter and Participation Letter awards, and helped supervise soccer, tennis, track, and golf.

What strengths did she utilize in her internship?
During her internship, Taylor was creative and flexible.  She was also careful with her time.  Although she completed tasks with accuracy, she also worked efficiently to make the most of her three weeks.

How did she find out about her internship?
Ames, Iowa is where Taylor is currently living, so she emailed the Athletic Director a letter of inquiry to begin the process of setting up an internship.  Do you need to write a letter of inquiry?  If so, check out our guide for instructions and an example.  Our staff is also happy to help you edit the letters prior to sending them.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Judge Johnston shared, “This was a three-week internship and Taylor did outstanding overall.  Her organization and ability to be a self-starter was also a plus.  She is a worker and was very thorough and detailed on her projects.  I hope she can continue down this athletic path and continue to gain the experience she needs.”

Why does she feel it’s important for students to intern?
Taylor shared with enthusiasm, “NETWORKING! When students intern they create valuable contacts that they can use to get a job in that field further down the road.”

What advice does she have for future interns?
Taylor recommended, “Be confident in your abilities! Show them who you are, what you do, and make a GREAT impression. This person (your supervisor) could be the reason you get a job down the road, and that can be HUGE. Show them why you deserve their recommendation.”

Judge Johnston is open to hosting interns in the future.  If you are interested in working with him, please let me know!

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