Making Friends & Memories at USRowing

During the summer of 2015, I was an intern in the USRowing Events Department. As someone who had rowed for the last ten years, needless to say, I was excited.

My position at USRowing was one that brought a challenge, hard work, creativity, and a teaminterns worth working for. As an intern, I worked directly with one other intern and she and I both came from leadership positions on different club rowing programs. We worked independently from the Princeton office as our supervisors worked remotely around the country. The fact that our supervisors weren’t there didn’t phase us – just made us work harder!

Leading up to our first event, the 2015 Youth National Championship in Sarasota, Fla., we prepared documentation for registration, shipping of equipment from New Jersey, communication with vendors, location staff and more. In Sarasota we also prepared for an awards ceremony, a graduation ceremony and daily operations starting before anyone else got there to being the last ones to leave. Although the days were long, it was exhilarating to be a part of such an important event.

Our job included being hands on with events such as USRowing’s Club Nationals, Masters Nationals and even some of the national team qualifying events.

internsDay to day in the office was relatively typical, arriving around 9 a.m. and getting right to work. Unlike other internships, your duties at USRowing are ever-changing and always important so no dull days! We worked to secure vendors, plan regatta layouts by collaboration with past documents and location committees. The Local Organization Committee, or LOC, was who we worked with on-sight to coordinate things such as speaker equipment, security, and volunteers.

In short, it gave us tons of experience doing a wide variety of tasks. More importantly, it was invaluable practice at becoming self-sufficient, responsible and keeping cool in hectic, long-day events.

Occasionally we spent time outside of work at the national team gym, grabbing dinner, grocery shopping, working on summer classes and exploring whatever state an event took us to.

Written by 2016 Clemson graduate Anne Ahrens

Interested in becoming a USRowing intern this summer? There are plenty of opportunities, check them out!

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