By Mary Nussbaumer
Welcome to the Job Feature Series, a weekly column highlighting student workers around campus. If you work a little known job on campus, have horror stories from a difficult shift, or single-handedly keep the school running, contact Mary at m_nussbaumer@ColoradoCollege.edu. Note that this interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Gaby Jadotte is a sophomore at Colorado College. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, plays on the tennis team, works as a Residential Advisor (RA) in Loomis Hall, and is a member of the Prison Project club. Here, she shares her experience as an Athletics Marketing Intern.
MN: WHEN DID YOU START WORKING AS AN ATHLETICS MARKETING INTERN?
GJ: I started working there in August of last year, so pretty much right when I came to campus my first year.
MN: HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO APPLY FOR THIS JOB?
GJ: I just saw it on the employment board and decided to apply because of my involvement with athletics on campus.
MN: WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SHIFT LOOK LIKE?
GJ: If I’m working office hours, I file for my boss and organize stuff in her office. If I am working a men’s hockey or women’s soccer game, I go two hours early to set up the tent, posters, schedule cards, and magnets. The only other duty we have once the game starts is running the halftime show. The halftime show depends on the game. During hockey, they play a game called “chuck-a-puck,” where spectators will pay $1 to buy a fake puck and throw it down to the rink. If they get it in a certain section, they can win a gift card to a local business that is sponsoring the game. Other halftime games include dance-offs and musical chairs to score a goal.
MN: WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THIS JOB?
GJ: I often work Friday and Saturday nights for games from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but it is mainly based on when my boss schedules me. The office hours are usually in shifts of two hours depending on what weeks my boss needs extra help.
MN: WHAT IS YOUR STAFF LIKE?
GJ: I don’t spend much time with them, but they are all very involved and great people from the experiences I have had with them. My boss, Jess Bennet, is one of the most hard-working people I know on campus. She does a lot for this school and loves CC.
MN: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS JOB TO A FRIEND?
GJ: 100 percent.
MN: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
GJ: I like interacting and meeting with new people when I answer their questions at games.
MN: IS IT HARD TO BALANCE ALL OF YOUR INVOLVEMENTS?
GJ: Yes, but it’s definitely worth it. I have met great people that I never would have met otherwise through my jobs and clubs. I have been put in situations that have forced me to grow as an employee and learn a lot about my strengths.