The crew at Charlotte’s three-track NASCAR speedway couldn’t help but stare: A dragster pulled up, and this girl climbed out. “I had to drive it over for a tune-up,” Sarah laughs. “I got out of the car, and they were like ‘What? That’s yours?’”’The guys quickly learned that this internship was a perfect fit for Sarah. “I was a jock,” she says. “I love everything about it. I couldn’t think of anything better to do with my life than be involved in sports."
Full Throttle Work Experience at JWUWhen she realized she wasn’t getting the experience she needed at her old college, she transferred to JWU. “I made it my mission to work my butt off, to get as much experience as I could."
So she jumped at the chance to do this internship. “I wasn’t a big NASCAR fan,” she admits. “But the more I got involved, you kind of fall in love with it.”
Sports Internship in the Fast Lane Sarah’s days are crazy. She helps coordinate huge NASCAR events, schedules teams, checks in pit crews.
“Some nights, I’m here till 11,” she says. Often, she wears ear plugs to drown out the racecars' decibel-shattering roar. Meeting Joey Legano, Plus PerksBut she gets to meet Joey Legano and other legendary drivers, so that’s the trade-off, she says. “Now I see him and I’m like, ‘Hey, Joey!’”
For sports fans, there are plenty of perks, too. Sarah’s family flew down for her graduation — and a Speedway race the same day! “They all flipped out and wanted tickets,” she laughs. “I think they’re more excited to come to the race.”
Building the Skills for a Career in Sports The best part? Sarah’s learned how to manage large-scale sports events, a skill set she can take with her to any job in the field. “There’s a lot of things that are very similar to other sports companies that I’ve worked for, especially in events,” she says. “I could still apply a lot of what I’m learning now to other companies.”
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