Mount Saint Mary College senior and lifelong sports lover Maggie-Ann Zecca of Mountainside, N.J. recently landed an internship with the New York Jets.
As a Sports Management major and member of the Mount’s Women’s Soccer Team, Zecca has an interest in learning more about sports teams and their organizations. Although she knew her chances of landing the position were small due to the large number of applicants, she maintained hope and eventually received the news.
It was a dream come true, she explained: “I received a call and email to see if that position of Staff Event Planner would be one of interest to me. I replied with a resounding yes, yes, yes!”
Working as a part of the event staff team, Zecca’s roles and responsibilities ranged from setting up
hosted events to preparing for VIP Day by fitting players’ jerseys. On occasion she would be expected to complete time-sensitive tasks, such as setting up Organized Team Activities (OTA) or helping young fans locate their parents in the stadium.
Zecca practiced a number of transferable skills throughout her internship such as communications, networking, taking calculated risks, and learning how to organize and execute an event in a professional environment.
“This internship has directed me to see different positions and opportunities,” said Zecca. “I am grateful for being part of the Mount, which prepared me both mentally, physically, and spiritually for this exciting internship.”
The Mount’s Sports Management major, also available as a concentration for Business majors, will prepare students for a wide variety of professional opportunities in the sports industry.