Passionate sports fan, humanitarian and communication studies major- Kate Brady combines her interests with a community relations internship at The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
“When you’re interning with an NHL team all eyes are on you. As the community relations intern, I assist The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation with our daily communication and support our fundraising efforts on game day. I love the high intensity of game days,” said Brady.
During home games, The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation fundraises with 50/50 raffles, silent auctions and selling merchandise for charity. Brady enjoys making a difference within the community.
“The 50/50 raffle benefits our grants initiative serving non-profit charities in the region. We sell ‘Love Your Melon’ hats to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of both Pittsburgh and Morgantown, WV. Our live auctions aid a variety of community programs ranging from building deck hockey rinks to developing new STEM initiatives.”
Through her internship, Brady communicates with thousands of fans online and in person.
“My oral and written communications skills have improved through my internship experience,” said Brady. “On social media, I interact with more than 40,000 fans and in-person we connect with thousands of fans on game days. I have refined my skills and developed a professional communication style.”
Brady appreciates the connection between her education and practical hands-on experience. Her greatest takeaway from her internship is to be adaptable and hardworking. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sports marketing.
“The Penguins organization has already helped me to achieve my career goals.”