This is a continuing blog about my internship at Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to help me with my final report. To read more posts about the internship, click on the “MLSE” link above.

That’s it. It’s all over. Four months of my life that just flew by. My internship with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has come to an end.

This entry can easily become a giant “thank you” post but that would serve no purpose to any students that wants to know about interning at MLSE. So let me quickly say “thank you” to all those that I worked with during my time there. Interning is a bittersweet gig; you gain friends knowing you will have to eventually say ‘good-bye’.

So you want to intern with MLSE, right? Here are a few things to get you started:

  • Talk to your internship professor. Get your school to contact MLSE for possible internships if they are not already a partner. MLSE will only take students from partnering schools for insurance reasons.
  • Proof-read your cover letter and résumé. A few typos can ruin your chances of getting an interview. Remember you are competing with many students for an awesome opportunity so dress up that résumé and fine-tune that cover letter.
  • You’re a die-hard (insert MLSE team name here) fan? So what? Yes, it’s great that you are dedicated to the team (it is one of the values of MLSE) but you will not be hired to watch games all day. Make sure you talk about what you can actually do for MLSE.
  • Prepare yourself. No more late classes or weekdays off. You will be working a full workday: 9-5, seven days a week. You will be tired, so get ready now.
  • Speak up! Being an intern, you have a unique view of the company. Many of the employees you work with have grown use to how things are done and you may know how to do it better. So speak up!

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is a great internship opportunity. I got to help IT hook-up all the media phones and internet connections for the last Raptors game, so you are learning right up until the end. I was treated to Real Sports Bar & Grill, just like on my first day, but this time with the rest of the People Department because you end up making friends.

I learned a lot during my time at MLSE. Since I have a background in web design, my internship with the Internal Communications department has helped me expand my knowledge of planning and designing a web site. I’ve also learned a lot about myself. I know I can take initiative and do things on my own without supervision. I know I want to get into Community Development more than ever now. And I know I can help other students understand how MLSE works from an interns perspective.

I hope this series of blogs have helped you. The experience at MLSE has helped me enough that I’m going to redesign ThatShortGuy.com, so check back for a better look soon!

I’m glad to answer any questions you may have about interning with MLSE, so please leave a comment below!