If you would have told me as a freshman that in the future I would have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in television by broadcasting live 76ers games, I would be astonished.

I am proud to share that the past four months I have been interning with NBC Sports Philadelphia as a live events intern. Since the team has an extremely demanding schedule where they travel all over the United States multiple times a week, as an intern I only attend home games. So far, it has been such an awarding experience, because I have been able to be in rooms where I only fathomed being in just months ago.

I have had the opportunity to watch my boss and the lead producer, J.R. Aguila direct live games from start to finish. I oversaw the editors edit highlights and replays in real-time. I’ve given footage to the Producers at ESPN and TNT. I’ve watched basketball legends such as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons warm up, during the pre-game, and I even had the chance to eat dinner with American sportscasters Marc Zumoff, and Alaa Abdelnaby. This experience taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to. I have been in rooms where I have been 1 of 2 women who look like me and it has only inspired me to work harder. Yes, it can be difficult to work in an environment where you are the only minority, but it has taught me to stay motivated, because I want to encourage young girls that they can work wherever they want regardless of where they grew up, their education, or what they look like. I am thankful that the team at NBC Sports Philadelphia saw something in me and decided to give me a chance out of the hundreds of students that applied. 

Being a live events intern has opened up my eyes to the fast-paced industry of live events. I am now determined to pursue a full-time career in experiential marketing where I can work hands-on with talent and direct live events from conception to clean up. Although that is not exactly what I do for NBC Sports my internship has inspired me to follow a pathway that lets me lead projects and work with people from all walks of life. These past few months have encouraged me to adapt quickly, think fast on my feet, and to be generous to everyone from the security guard to the CEO because kindness always goes a long way.

Since I am graduating soon and my time as an intern will be coming to end, if you have any questions about my experience please feel free to contact me!

In the wise words of Marc Zumoff, we’re always “fighting the good fight.” Thank you for reading about my experience and please do not hesitate to reach out if this post has sparked curiosity for you.

Sincerely,

Amanda Brown