Pamela Rodriguez, 2017

student at internship met life stadiumMajor: Sport Management, Social Media Minor
Hometown: Stony Point, NY

The truth is, when she graduated from high school, Pamela Rodriguez had her heart set on attending a different university. But at the last minute, her plans fell through. She turned to St. Thomas Aquinas College.

“I thought I wanted to live in New York City and get away from small towns,” Pam reflects, “but I’d be lying if I said I wanted it any other way than the way it happened. I can’t see myself anywhere other than STAC.”

She said the very things she thought she didn’t want in a college – small classes and familiar surroundings – ended up being what she loves most about STAC.

“Now I go to Pace to visit my friends, and I realize I would not have fit in there,” Pam says. “It feels overwhelming. For me, STAC was meant to be.”

In addition to serving as president of the college’s Communications Club, Pam also works as a resident assistant. She also writes and manages her own sports blog (www.agirlandhersports.com) and assists STAC’s basketball teams with game-day operations—from running the scoreboard and managing music to making sure the gymnasium is ready by game time.

Sports, it seems, are in Pam’s blood. Born in the Dominican Republic, Pam moved to the United States at age 8, when she was introduced to basketball and American football and became an avid New York Yankees fan.

So when an internship opportunity with the New York Jets presented itself, Pam jumped on it. She applied, interviewed and, two days later, was accepted into the internship program, where she works in game operations and event planning. Pam says she has opportunities to assist with Jets training camp set up, autograph signings, and fan engagement, all while getting paid and earning internship credits.

“This internship is exciting. The amount of things that happen between games and before the game or season even starts is amazing,” Pam says. “Before this internship, I thought I’d get a job interviewing athletes and doing commentary. Since this internship, everything has changed. My future is in sports event planning, promotion, and marketing.”