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photo of Adam LairdAdam Laird - Bhutan youth Golf Association


Internship placement:  Bhutan youth Golf Association, Thimphu, Bhutan

Your internship title:  Assistant Program Director

How did you find your internship?  Internship Coordinator, Vanessa MacKinnon.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? Organize and help run junior golf clinics, tournaments, and cultural events and field trips for young village children in Thimphu, Bhutan

Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship.
The Indian Ambassador for Bhutan; I gave his son a few golf lessons and had the chance to have dinner with him once.  He is a fascinating person who has spent his whole life traveling the world meeting world famous people.  He told me a story of how 10 years ago, he had the pleasure and great honor of sitting down for dinner with Nelson Mandela, world leader and former president of South Africa.

What one day at work really stands out?
One day I took 8 students to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in the world and Bhutan's most famous and holy site.  This was an amazing experience which I will never forget.

What is the best part of your internship?
Getting to spend three months in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

What are the top two things you have learned?
That not everyone in the world is nearly as fortunate as I am.  Many people all around the world are suffering, and that there are things I can give of myself to help.  Also, that I like working with children more than I thought previous to my internship.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else? Absolutely.

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Del Leviere - Tri-State Section PGA

Internship Placement Name: Tri-State Section PGA

Your internship title: Junior Tournament Coordinator

How did you find your internship?
I found my internship through the PGM Director at Cal, Justin Barroner.  He helped me find an ideal position for my needs/wants that would give me experience in the areas that I want to pursue for a career.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
Day to day activities include:  golf tournament operations, scheduling/staffing, coordinating the events with golf courses/head golf professionals/directors of golf, organizing materials to be ready for travel to tournament sites, delegating tasks to staff members, supervising staff members, registering participants for each individual event, designing scoreboards for each event/writing names and scores using calligraphy, making announcements prior to each event, announcing winners  and presenting trophies/gift certificates from all different age groups (male/female) after conclusion of each event, designing excel/word documents (rankings/pts. list and staff schedule), photographer (take pictures to post on Tri-State PGA website), handling problems that may have occurred during event (calling parents of participants/golf courses/staff members)

What is the best part of your internship? 
The best part of my internship was going to 2-3 different tournament sites around the Pittsburgh area each week to run tournaments for juniors ages 12-18, for both male and female participants.  I enjoy getting out of the office to help make these events run smoothly, establishing relationships with staff members, giving out awards for the top 5 scores in each age group, and especially; promoting golf to juniors.

What are the top two things you have learned?
The top two things I have learned: 1)  how to delegate responsibilities/tasks amongst staff members  2)  how to appropriately handle adversity/all situations and problems that can occur.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Yes, it takes a lot of responsibility to do this internship, but if done well, you can learn a lot and improve in several areas.

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 Drew Hercko - Greensburg Country Club

Internship Placement:  Greensburg Country Club

Your Internship Title:  Assistant Golf Professional / Intern

How did you find your internship?  Networking with the PGM students and faculty.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 
I am responsible for maintaining the golf shop of a small private country club.

Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship. 
During our annual Member-Guest Tournament back in June, I had the opportunity to meet Terrelle Pryor, who was playing there as a guest.  The member that invited him is actually my dentist, so I got to get introduced and talk with Terrelle a couple of times during that weekend. 

What one day at work really stands out?
Always the first day.  I had no idea what was going on or what I should do next.  The golf industry is a kind of "pick it up as you go" learning experience, so that first day was full of confusion and wasted effort.

What is the best part of your internship?  Getting full golfing privileges at a well-maintained golf facility for free.

What are the top two things you have learned?  1. Be enthusiastic.  2. Be proactive.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?  Yes. 

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