MLSE Internship: It’s All Over. Want to intern at MLSE?

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, 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!

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  1. Bren says

    Hi there, I’m interested in getting an internship at MLSE. I’m in a commerce co-op program and going into my second year next year. The co-op period is from Jan 2013 – April 2013. Any advice as to how to go about this? 

    • says

      Hey Bren. The best way is to go to your program coordinator and find out if MLSE is partnered with your school. Due to insurance reasons they will only accept students from schools that have a working relationship with them.

      I’m not sure if you will receive a response (this email is for applying), but you can try sending a note to internship[at] too.

  2. Laurens says

    Hey Jeff,

    I’m a marketing student with the specialization in sports management from Belgium. I have a lot of family in Toronto and I am seriously thinking of doing my internship overseas in 2017 and Iwould love to do this at MLSE. That’s why I am searching the internet for all the information that could help me getting there. This blog is probably the best thing I found till now, I read about your experience with MLSE and I’m hoping to do the same next year in the field of marketing.

    I do have some questions and I would be very thankful if you could help me with some of them.
    I am already preparing an email to apply for the internship but maybe you could give me some tips on what I should write about (things that MLSE looks for in it’s interns or what they actually want to hear, for example). Is an email the best way of reaching them or are there other ways I should contact them. How will I really draw their attention and what will convince them that I will be a good intern. I do believe I got all the qualities needed for the job an I don’t think they’ll find someone more dedicated and motivated to get on board.
    Where should I begin this and what will I have to do to make this happen?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Laurens Selathuri

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