Stephanie Robak ’15
Scotch Plains, NJ
Sports Entertainment Events Management
Arizona State University, Sun Devil Athletics
Hired Upon Graduation
Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university with over 73,000 enrolled students, on it’s four campuses. Sun Devil Stadium has played host to some of the most important football games for more than four decades and has a capacity of 65,870.
What did you do?
Since my freshman year it has been my goal to work with Sun Devil Athletics. I achieved that goal with hard work, volunteering as much as I could while at JWU, and never losing sight that one day I would make it out to Arizona.
For the past seven months I have been interning with Sun Devil Athletics in the Department of Operations and Facilities. This internship has been a whirlwind of experience working in sports such as football, volleyball, fall softball, and men’s and women’s basketball. It was an honor that I was named Assistant Event Coordinator for fall softball this season because I was only an intern for two months, but my supervisor supported me and knew I was capable of handling the responsibility.
I love college sports. Growing up most kids have a favorite professional team and they follow professional sports but I have always loved college sports. College sports are my passion and I knew I would turn that passion into a career. Coming to Johnson & Wales all I wanted to learn about was college athletics. Being an S/E/E major put me on a great track to learn so much about the sports industry.
Through working at ASU, I have been able to be apart of incredible experiences not only with Sun Devil Athletics but also with post season championships such as two bowl games, the Fiesta Bowl and the TicketCity Cactus Bowl. I also got to experience the 2015 Super Bowl first hand, working with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and this internship is a prime example. If I chose not to move out to Arizona and work with Sun Devil Athletics I would not have had these incredible opportunities.
What did you learn?
Going to my professors not only for help with classes but also for advice about getting my foot in the door in athletics really helped me to be successful and certain that college athletics is where I want to be. I am looking forward to the next chapter and seeing what job opportunities open up for me because of this amazing experience.
Advice for Others
I would not have been able to have these opportunities if I didn’t network and work hard throughout my internship.
Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships > find an internship to learn more about the importance and how to apply for internship. This is a starting point. To learn more see an experiential education coordinator.