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Dream Placement

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Each year, one lucky Sports Management student gets the opportunity to go on placement. My friend and coursemate, Max, recently returned from his incredible year away in America.

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Here’s what Max had to say…

Placement: Fitness & Recreation Intern, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as fitness concierge for all guests and members visiting the resort’s fitness centre
  • Monitor all memberships to ultimately increase revenue
  • Organise and execute regular summer time activities
  • Organise and execute all holiday activities including July 4th and Thanksgiving
  • Act as supervisor to 11 summer interns
  • Approve payroll for several members of staff
  • Write weekly schedules for up to 15 employees

hilton head 2What did you enjoy the most?

  • Being able to manage and supervise 11 interns allowed me to get an insight into what it takes to be a manager of a department.
  • Providing guests with fantastic tours around the awe-inspiring plantation on a daily basis allowed me to appreciate how magnificent Hilton Head Island really is.

What did you find difficult about your placement?

I would often work more than 70 hours a week during the summer. This meant I would have to work having had very little rest sometimes, which was a struggle.

What did you gain from doing a placement?

Being 5,000 miles away from everything you are used to means you must adapt to a whole new way of life. This allowed me to grow in confidence, not just in work situations but also as an individual. Understanding and appreciating fantastic new cultures meant I really matured during the year.

Outside of your job, what else did you do?

I spent a large part of my internship playing golf on the incredible courses that the resort had to offer. On top of this, I also took time to visit other places: Orlando (FL), Savannah (GA), Charleston (SC), Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LO), Boston (MA) and New York (NY).hilton head 1

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Marketing Communications Manager, sports coach, crochet queen

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