Purdue Selects Six Student-Athlete Interns

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April 15, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Athletics Department has selected six student-athletes to serve as interns in various areas this summer.

The first-year internship program, coordinated by academic support services advisor Laura Schnell, aims to provide student-athletes real-world experience working within a university athletics department and help them in their desired career paths. They will be working 150 hours between May and August and will be paid $1,500 for their service.

"The internship program brings our career development initiative full circle," Schnell said. "This past year, we have implemented many career development resources, starting with resume workshops and professional etiquette workshops leading up to our Career Fair in October. After the career fair, we offered additional resume and cover letter workshops and opened up the application process to the internship program. All student-athletes that applied to the internship program were guaranteed an interview as well as feedback on their interview."

There were 25 student-athlete applicants for six positions, one each in communications, compliance, John Purdue Club, marketing/fan experience, ticket operations and the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute.

The goals of the internship program are ...

1. To provide an opportunity for student-athletes to gain meaningful professional experience in an environment that understands the constraints of their busy year-round academic and athletic schedules.
2. To educate student-athletes about the process of building a career.
3. To assist student-athletes in preparing for life after college and athletics.
4. To offer networking and professional development opportunities.

The six student-athletes selected are Ryan Clay (track and field) for ticket operations, Soraya Toppin-Herbert (soccer) for the John W. Wooden Leadership Institute, KiKi Jones (volleyball) for compliance, Madison Monteiro (swimming and diving) for marketing/fan experience, Jesse Schmitt (football) for communications and Charles Torwudzo (football) for the John Purdue Club.

Ryan Clay
Year: Freshman
Sport: Track & Field
Major: Engineering
Internship Area: Ticket Operations

Ryan Clay


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I have participated in athletics my entire life. This program provides a great opportunity for me to get involved in a different aspect of athletics.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
This internship will allow me to experience what it's like to work in a professional setting. Dealing with all that goes on in the ticket office and interacting with many different people will help me to develop skills that will be valuable later in my career.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
Working with the ticket office will allow me to gain valuable customer service experience, which I feel is important in any line of work.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
I am very excited to learn more about how the ticket office operates. This department plays such an important role in the success of Purdue athletics, and having the opportunity to work in it will be a great learning experience.


Soraya Toppin-Herbert
Year: Senior
Sport: Soccer
Major: Movement & Sports Sciences / minor in Law & Society
Internship Area: John R. Wooden Leadership Institute

Soraya Toppin-Herbert


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I applied to the internship program because I wanted to get hands-on experience in student development, which is a passion of mine and a future career goal.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
This internship will help with my future career goals by giving me hands-on experience in planning and implementing developmental and leadership programs. These experiences will be vital in preparing to work with disadvantaged children to develop them into not only great sports people but also leaders in their spheres of influence.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
As someone who is passionate about the development of people in all areas of their lives, I am excited to work with Cathy Wright-Eger (leadership advisor) and the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute to create programs and workshops that enable our student-athletes to be leaders on and off the field.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
Most importantly, I am looking to learn as much as possible from Cathy in regards to what it takes to develop people not just as athletes. I am hoping to get hands-on experience in athletics administration that will enable me to be better prepared for my future career goals in that field.


KiKi Jones
Year: Junior
Sport: Volleyball
Major: Movement & Sports Science / minor in Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Internship Area: Compliance

KiKi Jones


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I applied to further understand how Purdue's athletics department helps its student-athletes grow. There are many things that happen behind the scenes that people do not know about, and I want to know more about it.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
Though I do not know exactly what I would like to have as a career in the future, I hope to work in a collegiate athletics department. Learning more about the compliance office will help to understand different areas of the athletics department.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
Tom Mitchell (associate athletics director - compliance) has always been energetic about his position and compliance, which has made it very easy for student-athletes to pay attention to what they must do to follow NCAA rules and regulations. I am excited to work with someone of that nature and who is willing to help me grow as a person.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
I am hoping to get work experience from a great organization and build strong relationships. I am excited to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of compliance.


Madison Monteiro
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Swimming & Diving
Major: Marketing with a concentration in Analytical Consulting
Internship Area: Marketing/Fan Experience

Madison Monteiro


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I applied because I am passionate about Purdue Athletics and passionate about marketing. I am currently majoring in marketing in the Krannert School of Management, and when I heard about this opportunity, I had to apply. It will allow me to stay at Purdue and continue training while gaining experience in the marketing field.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
As a marketing major, I believe that an internship in the marketing and fan experience area will give me valuable experience and exposure to this field, and give me knowledge and tools that I can eventually use in the future.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
I love how marketing blends creativity with analytical thinking. You have to be able to find data about consumers, analyze it, and then creatively market it to your target audience. I'm so excited to be able to tap into my creative side, utilize my analytical thinking skills, and also positively contribute to Purdue Athletics.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
I'm excited to learn about the mechanics behind all of the marketing material that the athletics department creates. As a student-athlete, I'd love to understand how Purdue is able to attract fans to sporting events and how to keep fans loyal to our athletics program.


Jesse Schmitt
Year: Senior
Sport: Football
Major: Organizational Leadership & Supervision / minor in Communications
Internship Area: Communications

Jesse Schmitt


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I thought it was a great opportunity to get valuable experience doing something I'm interested in while being able to stay at Purdue over the summer so I can still be with the team and get prepared for the upcoming football season.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
I have wanted to go into college athletic communications since I was a kid. This is a first big step for me to get great experience for an entire summer to help me learn how daily operations are run in the department.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
I am excited about being able to work with a very knowledgeable staff that has a lot of experience under its belt, while hopefully bettering myself for my future work experiences.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
I'm hoping to gain valuable knowledge that will help me in my future career in the athletic communications world. I am hoping to learn more about how things are done on a daily basis and any tips and pointers of how to do things better.


Charles Torwudzo
Year: Senior
Sport: Football
Major: Selling & Sales Management / minors in Communication and Organizational Leadership & Supervision as well as Entrepreneurship Certificate
Internship Area: John Purdue Club

Charles Torwudzo


Why did you apply to the internship program?
I found this to be a great opportunity to learn from and interact with John Purdue Club members.

How will this internship help you with your future career goals?
I see this internship as an opportunity to polish my communication skills, network and gain work experience.

What excites you about the area you will be working in?
The most exciting part about working with the John Purdue Club is finally getting to know what goes on behind closed doors of "The Team Behind The Teams."

What are you hoping to get out of this internship and what are you excited to learn?
Again, I am looking to gain work experience, and I am pretty excited about the opportunity to interact with donors.