This year’s 2013 Summer Olympic contestant winner is Allie Lairamore, a senior sport management student at Slippery Rock University. Allie is walking away from this summer internship with an extra $1000, on top of what she made this summer, an experience that builds her resume, a network of people that she can reference for advice, but most importantly a new set of skills and confidence that she will have for life.
We asked Allie how this internship at Launch Local differed from some of the other Internships she had. She states, “This internship was different from the others that I have done because of the relationships I have made and responsibilities that I was given. I felt like this internship really treated me like I was a full time part of their team, and most of the time I forgot I was only there for the summer.”
Allie explains,” I learned the importance of team work and what it takes to train and manage different types of personalities.”
We asked Allie what made her stand out from the other summer students at launch local, and she states.”I believe that what made me so different is my attitude and work ethic. When I didn’t want to do something, I remembered why I was here, and where I want to go (in life).” Allie also told us that her “sports minded “competitive edge also came into play. “Every time I would see another intern do something I didn’t do yet, it was always a competition to get it done and one-up them.”
We asked the same question to Linda Barton Launch Local’s CEO and she states, “Allie had awesome leadership skills and a great head on her shoulders. Whenever something didn’t seem right, she always took the initiative to investigate and fix a problem that others may not have seen. “ Ms. Barton goes on to say,” I thought it was going to be a tough decision at first, but within the first few weeks of our Summer Olympics 5 students dropped out because it was more challenging than they imagined. It’s not the “sit around and make copies” type of internship. It’s extremely hands on. The students get to dig in and be involved with the team and in all facets at Launch Local.”
Ms. Barton goes on to say “All the students that we had were great kids. The last 5 had really surpassed our expectations.”
After talking with Allie about her experiences, we asked her what surprised her most about this internship experience. She states “Communication and the people skills was by far what I learned the most”. She goes on to explain, “I never thought that I lacked in that department until I started talking to strangers, and realized how uncomfortable I was. But now after this internship, whenever I’m walking down the street, I always want to approach people and start a conversation.”
Allie expressed that she is excited to take the skills she learned with her back to finish her last year at Slippery Rock University. Ms. Lairamore’s ultimate goal after graduation is to work for a professional sports team, preferably in the NFL.
Students interested in applying for 2014 Contest should apply on company website: www.launchlocal.net