Name: Melissa Margulies
School: University of Southern California
Sport: Women's track and field
Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Major: Public relations
Minor: Global communication
Internship: Player relations and online media intern, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
School credit: No
Hours: Non-competition weeks: 15 hours, competition weeks: 40 hours
Duration: May - September
University of Southern California senior Melissa Margulies is spending her summer at the beach -- but she's not just lounging around. As a player relations and online media intern for the professional beach volleyball AVP Tour, Margulies is traveling around the country hitting some of the most popular beaches, writing articles and hanging out with players. Here, she talks about her all-expenses-paid internship, the benefits of being a collegiate athlete working in sports and an embarrassing interview with a U.S. Olympian.
Why did you pick this job?
I know that my eventual career will be in the sports world. I also wanted to gain more experience as a manager interacting with athletes. The AVP internship is perfect because it fulfills my desire to work both in sports and with the actual players.
What was your first day like?
My first day was at the Huntington Beach tournament. I wasn't nervous but I do remember meeting so many people that it was a little overwhelming. But, my first day was fun because I got to sit back and enjoy the tournament that was taking place. I got to observe and kind of get a feel for what I'd be doing.
What do you do on most days?
When I'm on-site at a tournament, I'm usually interviewing players and developing content to be able to post on AVP.com. I write at least one piece a day during the tournament weekends and then one piece to go online mid-week. If I'm not interviewing and writing, I help out where I'm needed.
Where is the job? Where are you living?
I live a couple blocks off of USC. The office is in West L.A. but I don't spend too much time there. The job takes me around the U.S. because I travel with the tour. So, I've set up my desk, which is really just my laptop and a pad of paper, in different cities like Atlanta, Louisville and Hermosa so far. Ten more stops to go!
It's a low stress environment where most everyone is laid back. My bosses are great and they are full of knowledge that I've been slowly absorbing. If you like to travel like I do, then you sure get a lot of miles under your belt. Also, since Hilton is a sponsor of the AVP tour, we stay in Hiltons when we travel. I love their beds.