By DeVry University
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Every few years, the NFL reaches out to DeVry University to help fill a number of internships in the weeks leading up to one of the greatest spectacles in the world—the Super Bowl.
This year, six DeVry students and recent graduates with IT networking degrees are spending three-plus weeks working to support the biggest event in American sports, both onsite and at locations around the city of Atlanta, where the big game will be played Feb. 3.
While they’re doing mostly behind-the-scenes work at off-site locations, that hasn’t stopped one intern’s family from spreading the word. “My wife has been bragging to her colleagues that her husband is working the Super Bowl,” says DeVry graduate and Super Bowl intern Joseph Cudjoe.
Aside from school and family pride, DeVry’s sourcing of IT interns for the Super Bowl provides real world, experiential work and education for students, even if football isn’t exactly their thing. “I’m not a football fan but, honestly, it’s a great feeling to be behind the scenes and see what goes on leading up to the Super Bowl,” Cudjoe says.
As far as we here at The Fuse can tell, the relationship between the university and the NFL was started by a DeVry alum working with the league and has provided Super Bowl interns in 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, and now 2019. “They reach out to us 4-5 months in advance to the (DeVry) team close to the Super Bowl city, give us specs of what they’re looking for, and we identify ideal candidates in their niche,” says Kathaleen Emery, employer relations-senior regional internship advisor with DeVryWORKS, DeVry’s business-to-business arm that oversees the internships program. “They’re looking for traditional IT, networking, wiring, security.”