Internship Spotlight: School of Business

February 2, 2024
Founders' Hall
Patrick McGinley, ’25

Patrick McGinley, ’25
Accounting major and sports management and analytics minors
Internship: Event Operations Intern, Pittsburgh Steelers

What initially interested you in this internship/job?
I was initially interested in this internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers because I’m a lifelong fan of the team and of football in general. I have always been fascinated with statistics and the history of football. This internship combines this passion with a newly formed desire to learn more about the daily operations of an NFL organization. It is a dream of mine to be able to work in a front office of a professional sports team in some capacity. I felt that this summer internship would be a great starting point and would also fulfill my major/minor studies in the classroom at La Salle.

What is your day-to-day like?
My role with the Pittsburgh Steelers was event operations. I helped with the planning of stadium wide events and the behind-the-scenes operations that went into the events. During my internship, I helped my department prepare for the Taylor Swift Eras Tour. Some of my responsibilities included: preparing PowerPoint maps that expressed plans for the concert and excel spreadsheets that depicted all of the employees working at the concert, printing daily credential badges and wristbands for employees and concert attendees, and taking inventory of supplies needed for the concert. I also helped prepare for the Ed Sheeran concert and Steelers training camp.

How does your La Salle education help with your responsibilities?
My La Salle education has played a huge part in preparing me for this internship. In the classroom, I have learned so much and have had some awesome professors who are willing to help/answer any questions. Additionally, the Business Scholars Co-op Program and Director Penelope Grob have molded me into being a better professional and leader. Due to these great professors and advisors, I came into my internship with more knowledge and capability than I could ever imagine.