Why Apply For An Internship?

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By Kelsey Lynch, Class of 2011 and Swimming World Magazine College Intern

Kelsey is a senior Journalism major and Writing minor at the University of Rhode Island, swimming distance freestyle on URI’s Division I team throughout her collegiate career. Before Rhode Island, Kelsey trained at Cape Cod Swim Club in Buzzards Bay, Mass. for 10 years.

Every Sturgis Alum and intelligent college student will tell you internships are the gateway to your success after graduation. By now you probably know the job market isn’t currently ideal for young adults post-graduation, so setting up a foundation for yourself before you graduate is essential. This is because employers look specifically for experience you’ve had in a workplace atmosphere, and even better, experience you’ve gained tapered to the field you’re pursuing. What makes a person stand out among others applying for a job is comprised of various things, including how well you interview, your education, but most importantly, your previous experience and knowledge of the field.

Note: You do not need to wait until you’re a senior to work as an intern. In fact, it is encouraged to do one as a sophomore or junior in college.

Kelsey Lynch 2My first internship was this fall 2014, and it was a perfect start to get a sense of how an office workplace runs. I started working for URI’s Athletic Development Department as a communications intern. My work included anything from phone calls, editing confidential documents, writing the student-athlete alumni newsletter, and other miscellaneous intern errands. While this internship may not have been specific to my journalism major, I did gain workplace experience and valuable skills to include on my resume.

My second internship with Swimming World Magazine is what I see as my first real gateway to scoring a job after college. Assuming I produce great work, after I complete this internship I will receive a letter of recommendation from the company’s CEO, as well as be in the running to work for Swimming World Magazine.

What I Do

Starting in November 2014 as a senior at the University of Rhode Island, I earned an internship writing a weekly preview of my Division I swimming conference, the Atlantic 10, for Swimming World Magazine. This magazine is one of the most prevalent swimming magazines in the nation. My articles are published weekly every Tuesday online. My work recaps the previous weekend’s meets, and gives a preview of races/events to look forward to the upcoming weekend. There are 11 schools in the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Conference, URI being one.

Kelsey Lynch 3Each week, I research on the schools’ websites, the Atlantic 10 website, and CollegeSwimming.com to analyze approaching rivalries and stand-out swimmers to watch for. For example, if I find two schools that have an upcoming dual meet with a swimmer on each team, and they’re set to race with very similar times (i.e. a swimmer from URI and a swimmer from UMass are seeded in first place, and their 200-yard freestyle times are within a second of each other), this is newsworthy to write about. If the race turned out to be a close one, I’ll include it in the recap for next week’s article.

Now that I have gained valuable experience in both the workplace and writing for the journalism field, I feel more confident that I can get a job (hopefully!) right after I graduate. These internships have set a great foundation for my success in just a few shorts months.

Articles published in Swimming World Magazine

Plenty of Invitationals On Tap for Atlantic 10 Conference Swimming  20 November 2014

atlantic-10-720x500Some speedy swims this past week have set high standards for this upcoming weekend for Atlantic 10 Conference swimming. The A-10 Athletes of the Week have been named, and these athlete’s performances have their teams excited for what they can do this February. But the awarded swimmers aren’t the only stand-outs this week, as several other athletes have performed some hasty times….


Emily Thomesen, Rhode Island Captain, Travels to Uganda to Find Joy, Hope Among Suffering  25 November 2014


Emily Thomesen in Uganda

University of Rhode Island senior captain Emily Thomesen dedicated 10 weeks of her summer in 2014 to listening to the voices of young mothers in Uganda, a country torn by war between the government and rebels.

A Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences double-major now finished with URI’s Honors Program, Thomesen has excelled in both her studies and competition.

In February 2013, at the Atlantic 10 Championships, sophomore Thomesen stepped up on the third-place podium after her 200-yard backstroke to accept her medal as a completely different woman than she is today. She finished with a time of 2:00.12, crushing URI’s previous 200-yard backstroke varsity record. A year later, Thomesen decided to immerse herself into the culture of a war-torn country in order to interview young mothers about the injustices they face in Uganda.

But Thomesen was surprised by what she found in the people she met during her stay. She found they had joy, and hope for change….

Atlantic 10 Conference Swimming Teams Prepping For One More Week Of Racing In 2014  02 December 2014

la-salle-generic-e1417564560400-720x500It’s that time of year again. Winter National Championships time, that is. Held this year in Greensboro, N.C., the USA Swimming Nationals is an opportunity for college-level swimmers to compete with Olympians. In some cases this means racing against their lifelong idols.

Duquesne, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Bonaventure, and Saint Louis are sending swimmers to Greensboro while Davidson, Fordham and Rhode Island will compete in dual meets this weekend.

With the exception of Davidson, mid-season taper meets are over, and some great swims were placed on record. School records were broken, and there were personal best times across the conference to hopefully foreshadow some exceptional racing in February, which is approaching fast….

Atlantic 10 Swimming Heading Into Winter Training Hibernation  10 December 2014

winter-training-720x500There are no meets during the next few weeks for the Atlantic 10 Swimming Conference, but after the holiday teams will travel to where it’s warm and train harder than ever this season. Since these training trips follow the holiday break, swimmers must have the discipline to stay in shape while they are home, because when they return, the business starts. For now, student-athletes are focusing on finishing up their fall semesters by balancing studying for their final exams while also training.

Last weekend, Davidson swam in their mid-season invitational two weekends after the rest of the conference. The Wildcats raced in the Total Performance Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Davidson had a great meet with some stand-out performances by Elise Lankiewicz and Katy Williams, helping the women finish fourth in the invitational…..

Davidson Swimming: Ideal Fit For Atlantic 10 Conference  18 December 2014

davidson-swimming-generic-720x500This 2014-15 Atlantic 10 Conference Swimming season, another team dove into the water: Davidson Swimming. The squad was previously a member of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association. Davidson’s head coach John Young says that the coaching staff is pleased with their teams’ accomplishments this season so far, and hopes his swimmers have the same confidence going into their training trip as their coaches do. Recently Davidson raced in the Total Performance Invitational in Gambier, Ohio on Dec. 4-6, with Davidson’s women’s team finishing fourth overall and the men finishing sixth. Their next meet will be while they are in Florida at the Deerfield Relays on Jan 3……….


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