From Augustana to the Olympics
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Meet senior Megan Erspamer.
A Business Administration major from Madison, Wis., she spent the summer as an intern for the U.S. Olympic’s Emerging Sport Program in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Q. What types of things did you get to work on during your intership?
A. The main aspect of my internship included collecting, cataloging, and managing information on more than 400 developing athletes.
It provided me with a ton of networking opportunities! Setting up meetings with as many people as I could for informational interviews was key. The connections I was able to make were very valuable. I also had the chance to review and respond with personalized feedback and advice to athlete questionnaires and quarterly performance plans.
I had the chance to lead and initiate the “Intern Games,” which were Olympic and Paralympic sport competitions between members of the intern class. I was in charge of coordinating with coaches, athletes, operations staff, and intern teams to plan and execute the events.
I also had the chance to travel to Oklahoma to represent the USOC’s Paralympic Division and support more than 200 athletes competing at the Endeavor Games.
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Q. What was your favorite part of the experience?
A. A really fun part of the program was living and eating meals at the Olympic Training Center with the resident athletes and my fellow interns. I was totally immersed in the Olympic culture! There was never a dull moment, as all free time was spent working out, playing games, and exploring new places. On the weekends, I was able to enjoy Colorado and take part in hiking and camping trips.
Q. What did you take away from the experience?
A. The internship provided me with the unique opportunity of exposure to the spirit of Olympism. I cannot even begin to explain how awesome it was! The experience definitely enriched my life on a personal and professional level. I see myself returning to work with the USOC in the future. I love the culture and people, and I have found a passion in working to further the Olympic Movement.