Athletics News

GW Students, Student-Athletes Find Home in Department of Athletics Communications

Sophomore Cyrus Sussman is one of three interns in the Athletics Communications office during the spring 2012 semester. The GW Department of Athletics provides students with opportunities to intern and gain professional experience.

March 9, 2012

In an effort to further engage the George Washington University's diverse student body, the GW Department of Athletics Communications has welcomed three student interns, two of whom are varsity athletes, for the spring 2012 semester.

Patrick Nero, the GW Director of Athletics and Recreation, says that this initiative is part of a broader trend underway at the GW Department of Athletics.

"It is essential that intercollegiate athletics help prepare our student-athletes for life after sports," said Nero. "Supporting the interests of our students outside of their sport is important, as is assisting them in time management that allows them to take advantage of all that the GW experience offers. As a department, we will continue to find ways to provide job experience opportunities to our students."

This opportunity in particular allows three GW students to contribute to GW Athletics in a variety of ways. They dedicate much of their time to maintaining, usually by creating and publishing material for the promotion and publicizing of all 23 of GW's varsity sports. Their work isn't limited to the office, however--they can be found right on the sidelines at an array of GW men's and women's varsity sports, actively facilitating media access to relevant game information.

Allison Peotter, an Athletics Communications intern this semester, is a cornerstone of GW's water polo program. She has earned CWPA First Team All-Southern Division honors for three straight years - a feat no other GW player, past or present, has accomplished.

As a senior, she hopes her time with the Athletics Communications Department will supplement her competitive contributions to GW Athletics over the course of her college career.

"I am grateful to be able to give back to GW Athletics in any way, as it has been such a large part of my life for the past four years," said Peotter, who adds that her time spent with the Department of Athletics Communications is mutually beneficial. "I have learned a lot since I have been here. The internship has helped me realize that this is exactly what I want to do once I graduate."

Jess Hicks, another Athletics Communications intern, is a junior at GW. Like Allison, Jess is also a prominent athlete in her varsity program as the starting goalkeeper for the Colonials women's lacrosse team.

"As a student-athlete, it is often hard to find time to have an internship, stay on track with school, as well as excel on the field," said Hicks. "When I first started looking at internships, many places told me that they would prefer to have someone full time or with a more flexible schedule. But as soon as I inquired about the opportunity at GW, Brian [Sereno, Executive Director of Athletics Communications] was so open and flexible, and made it seem effortless."

Cyrus Sussman, a sophomore, is the third Athletics Communications intern. Although not a varsity athlete at GW, he still shares Allison and Jess's passion for sports.

"When I was given the opportunity to combine sports with my major of communications, it really opened up a door for me," said Sussman. "I had always thought it would be great to work as a professional in sports, but it never really seemed like a tangible or real option. The Athletics Communications Department really welcomed me in and proved to me that it was possible, and that I could get a head start on it now."

The intern program has proven to be successful thus far and the Department of Athletics Communications, as well as other divisions of the Department of Athletics, looks to continue and expand its success in the future.