For the second year in a row, ten University of Northwestern Ohio Sport Marketing and Management students, along with two professors, will be putting their education to use at the Super Bowl.
For the three days leading up to Super Bowl LIV, the students and professors will be working events surrounding the game as interns in Miami, Florida. All ten students will be working as volunteers for the Super Bowl Experience which is professional football’s interactive theme park offering interactive games and activities leading up to the big game on February 2, 2020.
All of the students’ internships are run through the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, the centralized planning entity for Super Bowl LIV. This organization acts as the liaison between the NFL, city of Miami, and the local surrounding community and is responsible for helping to plan, organize and support activities and events which will enhance the Super Bowl experience for the city, the state, and the Southeast region.
Super Bowl Experience is a ticketed event located at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Experience includes youth football clinics, merchandise shops, autograph sessions with NFL players, 40-yard dash and vertical jump virtual game where fans can compete against NFL players on an LED screen, and get photos with the Vince Lombardi trophy. With more than 1 million visitors expected, the student volunteers are encouraged to act as a Super Bowl Ambassador and be able to answer questions, assist with taking fan photos, and overall, be that friendly and helpful face.
Students are also going to work with On Location Experiences to provide assistance with hospitality events outside the stadium on game day! Professors Julia Etzkorn and Phil Gunder are hopeful that students will see all the work that goes into making the Super Bowl not just a game, but an entire fan experience.
“I want them to see what goes into executing a huge event like this, to be able to experience it first-hand and gain experience on a large-scale setting like the Super Bowl. The best part is that they will be able to make connections here that could help them obtain jobs within the sports industry when they graduate,” said Professor Etzkorn.
Students will be leaving on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and will return on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Students attending the internship experience are: Larissa Adams – Independence, Ohio; Andrew Boone – Lima, Ohio; Aubrey Brunst – Harrison, Ohio; Grace Jackson – Louisville, Ohio; Clayton Longo – Clarksville, Tennessee; Dakota McClain – Bellville, Ohio; Abigail Meyer – Jackson Center, Ohio; David Moreno – Cali, Colombia; Marc Skelton – Glasgow, Scotland; and Bri Smallwood – Camden, Ohio.