What’s it like to cover a baseball game at the Mets’ Citi Field stadium? Or broadcast live from the NBC Sports studio?
Twelve LSA students are taking a behind the scenes look at both those experiences and more during a three-day flash internship in sports media, hosted by the LSA Opportunity Hub in New York City May 9 through May 11.
Flash internships are rapid, on-site experiences that provide students a chance to work and network with the top professionals in a given field.
The internship was created in collaboration with LSA alums Dan Steir, senior vice president at NBC Sports Group, and Mitch Rubenstein, president and executive producer of Ross Mobile Productions. Steir studied political science at the University of Michigan; Rubenstein was an English and communications major. Each wanted to show students the advantages of a liberal arts education in their industry.
Other LSA alums working to introduce students to sports media during the flash internship include Tracy Wolfson, a sportscaster with CBS Sports and communications grad, and Adam Schefter, a reporter with ESPN who studied political science.
“This is an incredible opportunity for students—the connections they make and the knowledge they gain in just a few days is really unmatched,” said Elizabeth Pariano, director of U.S. alumni and employer engagement. “And because of how involved and committed our alumni are, students get access to workplaces in a way that informs their next career steps pretty significantly.”
Flash internships are completely free to students thanks to the dedication of LSA donors.
The LSA students participating in the Hub’s Flash Internship: 3 Days in Sports Media are:
Courtney is a rising senior majoring in English with a minor in writing; she’s also an athlete on the women’s track and field team. She has had an interest in sports broadcasting since she was a child, and has started the work to fulfill that early goal with internships in Michigan Athletic’s communications department and at MGoBlue TV. She also recently worked with a production crew to cover a football game for the Big Ten Network, and was a top five finalist for a competitive shadowing opportunity with Tracy Wolfson in the athletic department.
Grace is a rising junior double majoring in creative writing and communications studies. Recently, Grace was promoted to executive producer of WOLV-TV’s all women’s sports show Wolverine Women and associate producer for the 2018-2019 season at Michigan’s BTN Student U. Grace enjoys being a part of WCBN Sports, calling games, and contributing to the station’s Daily Sports Report. Since fall of 2017, Grace has been writing weekly recruiting articles on Michigan football for an up-and-coming sports blog called Armchair All-Americans. This summer, Grace will attend veteran sports reporter Laura Okmin’s GALvanize boot camps for aspiring female sports broadcasters in Buffalo and Atlanta. For the rest of the summer Grace will be interning for the sports department at 9&10 News in Cadillac, Michigan covering sports in a 41-county region.
Deedy is a rising sophomore exploring an interest in creative media production in marketing/advertising and sports. She currently works for the Michigan Wolverine’s men’s lacrosse team as a filmmaker and loves getting involved with entrepreneurial ventures such as thrivë, a health and wellness conference she hosted with two other students in late March. In high school, Deedy fulfilled the role of the student manager of her school’s recording studio, anchored and helped edit Audio Builders Workshop TV, and managed a research and interview project that got her into the Massachusetts Teachers Association Human and Civil Rights Awards as a student speaker.
is a rising junior majoring in economics and English with a minor in
entrepreneurship. He is the president and co-founder of the Michigan Society
for American Baseball Research, better known as M-SABR. M-SABR is the
first-ever university-level SABR club, and he founded it his freshman year with
a few other passionate baseball fans. As president of M-SABR, Zane oversees the
largest college-student-run baseball publication in the country. He also
administrates baseball research projects with the help of the club’s graduate
student advisers. Additionally, Zane is a staff writer for SB Nation’s Bless
You Boys. With Bless You Boys, he covers the Detroit Tigers, whether it be in
game recaps or in analytically-driven articles on player performance and
trends. Outside of the sports writing world, Zane is an incoming intern at the
LSA Opportunity Hub and is an avid musician.
Alex is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan intending to major in political science on a pre-law track. Born and raised in New York City, Alex has followed his passion for sports whenever possible, working as a golf caddie, playing hockey and baseball through high school, announcing hockey games for WCBN student radio at Yost Arena, and spending many summer hours with the “Bleacher Creatures” in Yankee Stadium. Using sports as a common bond, he has made lifelong connections at every stage of his life, most recently with athletes and students as a member of WCBN student radio, covering the men’s hockey and women’s basketball teams. In March 2018, he was promoted to marketing director for WCBN sports, attempting to grow the station’s brand and increase listenership. In March 2017, Alex won a bronze medal representing the United States of America at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, competing on a “unified” team composed of athletes both with and without intellectual disabilities.
Daniela (Dani) Mirell
Dani is a rising sophomore in the LSA Honors Program. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended Harvard-Westlake High School, where she played on her high school’s varsity basketball team. At the University of Michigan, she is involved in WCBN Sports Radio as a blog writer and has been accepted into the Victors Internship Program for Michigan Athletics Communications and PR beginning in the fall of 2018. This year, she received the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize for Superior Scholarship Achievement. She is a member of the Greek life community and received the 2018 Chi Omega Fraternity’s Chiara Levin Memorial Scholarship. In addition, she is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Kim is a rising sophomore who hails from Fennville, Michigan. In high school, Kim was the color guard captain in the marching band for three years and played three years of varsity soccer. During her first year at the University of Michigan, Kim was the chair of finance and chair of advertising for her residence hall council and a member and project leader in La Casa (the umbrella Latinx organization on campus). Kim is also a student in the Preparation Initiative, an outreach program for LSA students who are looking to transfer to the Ross School of Business, and a crew member for the Big Ten Network Student U. Born to Mexican immigrants, Kim grew up speaking both English and Spanish. Because of this, she became very passionate in volunteering for the En Nuestra Lengua project at Michigan that aims to have bilingual children be exposed to Spanish in an academic setting every Saturday morning. Kim is looking to double-major in business and communication studies.
Will is a rising sophomore student athlete on the University of Michigan swimming and diving team. Will was part of Athletes for Community Transformation, a club that mentors elementary schooled children and focuses on team building exercises along with K-grams, a pen pal program. Taking a variety of classes this year, he has not declared a major but enjoys coursework that requires extensive critical thinking. Whether it’s figuring out how to wrap up an essay or developing an algorithm to a physics problem, he enjoys the process of portraying thoughts in unique ways and applying himself into different subjects.
Ben is a rising junior studying communications and psychology. He hails from New York City and is an avid Knicks, Giants, and Mets fan. Ben developed his love for basketball when his mother took him to a WNBA game when he was 13 years old, and he hasn’t stopped watching the sport since. His passion then expanded to baseball and football; when he found himself watching these for hours every night, he knew he wanted to explore a career in sports media. Ben occasionally covered sports for his high school newspaper, and at U-M, he works as a statistician for the Big Ten Network’s Michigan basketball broadcasts and as a crew member in various roles for the BTN Student U. Ben hopes to one day become a play-by-play television sportscaster and to be able to convey the excitement and tell the story of the game he is working.
Tyler is a rising sophomore from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is passionate about fitness, trying new food, watching TV shows and movies, and most of all sports. Tyler was raised a Chicago sports fan, and follows the Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls. He has now added all the Michigan sports teams to the teams he roots for and attends basketball, football, hockey, and other sports games regularly. He hopes to work in marketing and advertising for the sports industry and is eager to learn more about the presentation of sports and how it appeals to viewers and prospective viewers.
Haley is a rising sophomore planning to major in communications and minor in business. She is from the suburbs of New York City and graduated from Scarsdale High School. Haley played on the varsity tennis team for three years, resulting in the position of co-captain by senior year. At U-M, she is a member of various charitable organizations (Go Blue Wear Pink, MRelay, and Make a Wish Foundation) as well as the member relations chair of Michigan Women Empowerment in Sports and Entertainment (MWESE). Through her commitment to MWESE, Haley has deepened her passion for the sports industry and has engaged with professionals to gain experience and gather insight about their positions and the opportunities in the field.
is a rising junior at the University of Michigan majoring in English. He aspires
to attend law school after his undergraduate studies. Following law school, he
hopes to practice law or become a sports agent. Sergio attended Long Beach
Polytechnic High School where he played varsity football for three years and
graduated with a 4.60 GPA. At U-M, Sergio is a member of WCBN Sports Radio and
a professional pre-law fraternity on campus. He is passionate about sports and
has been a volunteer coach for boy’s flag football and basketball teams for the
City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation and recently worked as a freelancer for
Gazzettes Sports + The Press-Telegram covering high school sports in Long
Beach, California. This summer, Sergio will be volunteering for the LA Superior
Court and will be working with The562.org covering sports in Long Beach.