Internship with Chiefs offers glimpse of a future in the sport

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Story of Becky Trader ’23, an English and Communication Studies major from Seaford, Delaware.

This summer, I was an intern at Kansas City Chiefs Training camp. My experience has been greater than I could have ever imagined thanks to my amazing team of other interns. From the early mornings until the day we got soaked in the rain, they helped keep my spirits up and made camp an amazing experience for the fans.

Since my second year, I knew that I wanted to work in sport. At Furman, I work for the women’s basketball team as a student manager. During the pandemic, I went from just doing movies during practices and home games to being the head director after our previous one graduated. It was through this experience that I learned that I wanted to work in sport and be in sport for the rest of my life.

Working with the Chiefs brought me closer to my ultimate goal of working full-time for an NFL team in the operations, marketing, or fan experience departments.

As an intern, I worked with the staff of Event Managers to manage day-to-day camp operations. My daily duties varied from working in the kids area, driving accessible or family golf carts, checking people into the VIP and family tents, registering people at the Chiefs Kingdom Kids Club, and being the camp runner for the day.

My favorite day in the kids zone had to be the times when I ended up doing the exercise with the kids. If a child didn’t have anyone to race with, sometimes I would “race” them to make sure they were having fun and winning.

As a salesman for Chiefs Kingdom Kids, my job was to convince parents to sign up their kids for the free kids’ club the Chiefs offer to fans 12 and under. For five hours, I enrolled 100 children in the Kid’s Club.

On the day I was a camp runner, I walked over 13 miles! I was exhausted the next day but none of my teammates wanted anything in the heat.

We were also able to have fun in Kansas City. We visited Arrowhead Stadium and our guide told us about Lamar Hunt and how he helped form the AFL, or the modern AFC in the NFL. We were able to visit one of the suites, see the team locker room on game day, walk through the tunnel, take pictures next to the pitch, see the area where coach Andy Reid and some players talk to the media after the game and check out the new team museum where the two Lombardi trophies are housed.

That same day we also received tickets to the Royals game where three of my teammates were in the hot dog race. They had fireworks after the game that night and it was one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen!

I have so many people to thank for my experience, but a special thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to work their side.

Coming back to Furman, I saw a change in me. The fan experience and what we do for the fans isn’t as simple as it used to be in my mind. Watching the Chiefs on TV, I find myself kind of rooting for them even though I’ve been a lifelong Seattle fan. After putting blood, sweat and tears into their training camp, I want to see them succeed.

Next summer, I hope to have a seasonal internship with an NFL team, so I have a year to learn, grow and find my place in the sports world. For now, I’m more than happy to sit back, wash the players curls, and enjoy the ride.

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