As a sports fan, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit jealous of junior strategic communications major Daniel James’ experiences at his internship this past semester. James, who interned as a marketing research assistant for ESPN in London received the opportunity to attend an FA Cup semi-final soccer match between Stoke City and Bolton FC at Wembley Stadium and to attend an NBA exhibition game at London’s 02 Arena. On top of that, he went to both for FREE after receiving the tickets as a gift from his boss. James found the atmosphere of a soccer match at, arguably the world’s most famous soccer arena, to be unlike anything he had encountered in the U.S.
"The atmosphere was incredible. There is nothing like an English football atmosphere in the US,” James said, “Wembley Stadium was also incredible…it was a real treat to see what it looked like in person.”
James believes he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to attend such an important soccer match or visit Wembley Stadium if he hadn’t made the choice to study abroad.
“My internship has really made it possible to see great sports that I wouldn't have been able to see otherwise," he said.
All perks aside, James did learn something about himself and his goals during his internship in London. He is now considering a career in the world of sports.
"My career aspirations before I went on this trip were leading me toward a life as an account manager at an advertising agency. After the trip, I could easily see my life as an advertising or marketing representative for a sports team or league. I have even looked into becoming a sports agent. Only time will tell, but a career in sports would be fantastic." He said.