By Heidi Nichols ’13
Boston Bruins intern
I am a public relations major and sports studies minor at Quinnipiac, and have worked hard to secure an internship that is essentially my dream job.
I’ve been a die-hard Bruins fan my whole life, so this experience is unreal, and the B’s winning the STANLEY CUP a few days ago has yet to sink in. Being in the office the past couple of days has been amazing. Mountains of congratulatory desserts have been pouring into the office, and players have been coming in and out throughout the day, champagne very often in hand.
Friday, after I took advantage of my employee discount and raided the Pro Shop, I took the initiative to call both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ respective foundations to see what they did in the months following their Stanley Cup wins to raise more money for their foundations.
I received a lot of great feedback and ideas, like raffling off a championship ring throughout the year. I also made some great contacts for the future.
I’ve always wanted to work in the NHL, and my internship has helped me further realize that a non-profit may be a great sector to work in because I get to combine three of my favorite things: hockey, helping others and meeting awesome people.
Needless to say, I am loving every second of my internship! The city of Boston is such an amazing place to be right now. I got to attend every home playoff game, where the foundation sold raffle tickets and Bruins gear, and the atmosphere in the Garden was electric.
This summer, that post-win energy is going to continue.
The Boston Bruins Foundation has a lot of big events lined up, like their annual golf tournament, a Boston Harbor cruise, the Falmouth Road Race and the Pan-Mass Challenge. The Cup will be appearing at as many of our events as possible.
No Quinnipiac student should neglect applying for a certain internship because they think it may be an unattainable position.
A few months ago, I was sitting in the Arnold Bernhard Library writing my cover letter and resume, and here I am now, part of an epic Stanley Cup win in Boston!
If you aren’t afraid of some hard work and dedication, you may find yourself having one of the best experiences of your life.