The competition in the sports field is fierce! It’s to every student’s advantage to get as much information as possible before they take the leap into the industry.
Sports Internships: How to Survive in the Industry takes away the mystery about interning in the sport industry. The book fuses in-depth material from the industry side with the personal/business experience from the author - a former student, educator and current professional in the sports industry.
Created to be a tool that can be utilized as a working guide throughout a student’s career, Sports Internships:
- Is delivered in a convenient, colorful, electronic format.
- Features several topics that will excite the reader, make him/her think more about their current platform, and hopefully encourage them to move ahead with their dream of working in sports!
- Provides insight and advice from industry professionals with experience in community sports, collegiate sports, Olympic sports, and professional sports.
- Touches on different aspects of the industry and also shows practical examples of current and former interns and their thoughts on their own internship experiences and challenges.
- Encourages the reader to think about his/her “brand” and explains how to sell that brand to potential employers.
About the Author
CHAPTER 1 – How to Showcase Your Cover Letter and Resumé to Sports-Minded People
CHAPTER 2 – The Interview—Keys to Landing the Interview and Getting the Internship
CHAPTER 3 – Networking and the Importance of Not Burning Bridges
CHAPTER 4 – The Millennial Generation in the Sport Industry: A Blending of Generations
CHAPTER 5 – Getting the Internship: Expectations in the Sport Industry
CHAPTER 6 – Supervisors and Mentors in the Sport Industry
CHAPTER 7 – After the Internship—Now What?
CHAPTER 8 – Intern Experiences in the Sport Industry
CHAPTER 9 – Professionalism
Cindy Jarvis graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, specializing in Sport Management. Her undergraduate Kinesiology degree was also from California State University, Long Beach specializing in Elementary Education.
She spent 11 years working as an Athletic Director at an elementary/junior high school in Santa Fe Springs, CA. In addition to being an Athletic Director, Cindy taught physical education to K-8th grade students. With a clean slate, she developed the core physical education curriculum for the school and implemented a yearly scope and sequence in compliance with ACSI and WASC. Cindy has been a presenter at two ACSI teacher’s conventions for over 10,000 people with the topic of “New and Innovative Physical Education Practices” and was on the Board of Directors for the SECAL Athletic League.
Cindy also spent nine years working as a children and adult sport coordinator for the city of Norwalk. She managed and supervised many children’s sport programs from development to implementation and did the same for many adult sport programs within the city of Norwalk. With basketball as her first love, she developed the first women’s basketball league in Norwalk and gave many ladies an opportunity to play in an organized league with other women.
Cindy worked for the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks for six seasons. From 1999-2004, she was the Director of Community Relations for the L.A. Sparks and worked closely with the NBA and WNBA players in promoting the league in Los Angeles. Through that time, she saw the inner workings of high profile arenas, team management, and athlete management on a professional and Olympic level. She has two championship rings and many wonderful memories of impacting the lives of young children and families locally and nationally.
Cindy then spent time as the Sports, Recreation, & Aquatics Director at a local community center in Long Beach, CA. Many of Cindy’s accomplishments were the development of youth triathlons, a restructured swim university, the creation of youth sports leagues, and many community-wide collaborative projects.
As the Assistant General Manager of AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach, CA, she was instrumental in developing new programs for kids and families and managed a $1.5 million budget that encompassed the recreation and sports facility, staff, programming, and outreach efforts. Cindy works with companies who look to increase their footprint in the community through modifying and/or creating comprehensive marketing plans. Cindy is also an adjunct professor at HOPE International University and Azusa Pacific University specializing in the development of Sport Management programs and teaching Sport Management courses to undergraduate and graduate students.
Sports Internships: How to Survive in the Industry is a great read! From the layout, structure and chronology of the book, to how the author provided specific examples from colleagues in the sports industry…the takeaways for young people trying to break in are on point throughout. Reminding the students of the little things to watch out for while maintaining a bigger picture about the industry was also a great blend!
David M. Carter
Principal, The Sports Business Group
Executive Director, USC Marshall Sports Business Institute
The first time I read Sports Internships: How to Survive in the Industry I was going through the interview process for a coaching position at Life Pacific College. The information provided to me was not only helpful, but was explained in such a practical way that I believed I could put these tools to practice immediately. I was excited to discover ways to showcase my sports experience, as well as display my skills to the university's Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach. By using the tools from the book, I was able to set myself apart from other candidates and have now become the head Assistant Men's Basketball Coach! I am grateful to Cindy Jarvis for her mentorship, and for providing me with the necessary tools needed to succeed in the sports industry.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Life Pacific College