NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Emily Whitcomb is no stranger to the excitement and intensity of a soccer game day experience, but this summer the Belmont University rising senior got to see the action from a new perspective.
Whitcomb, a midfielder with the Belmont women's soccer program, spent her summer working with the Nashville SC professional soccer franchise as a marketing intern. Whitcomb took a few moments out of her busy schedule to chat about the experience as the Bruins prepare to embark on their own campaign soon.
The Belmont women's soccer program makes its fall debut on Aug. 9 with a exhibition match at Chattanooga. The regular season opener is the following week on Friday, Aug. 17 against rival Lipscomb at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville.
Where did you intern this summer and how did it come about?
I was an intern at Nashville Soccer Club. When I found out that Nashville was getting a soccer team it immediately sparked my interest and I knew that I wanted to try and get involved somehow. I turned in my application online and then got called in for an in-person interview and got the job!
How has your time as a member of a Belmont Athletics team helped your internship experience?
Being a part of Belmont Athletics has shaped me to be a hard worker, team player and someone who deals well with adversity. My experience on the women's soccer team helped me learn from various personal and life challenges. In my internship, I was faced with a lot of similar challenges and I was able to overcome them with the skills and patience I gained from being part of a team.
Walk us through a typical day at the office for you.
First thing I do when I get in the office is respond to social media messages and answer any questions that people ask us through Facebook, Instagram and Intercom. Since this is such a new team, engaging with the community and keeping in touch with current fans and potential fans is very important and that is a huge part of my internship. Then the rest of the day I do a lot of website management because we like to keep our website up to date on a day-to-day basis.
Tell us about game days for you. Does it matter which venue the team is playing in?
Game days are so much fun, definitely my favorite part of this job. Depending on the venue – Vanderbilt, First Tennessee Park or Nissan Stadium – I typically show up about 2 1/2 hours before kickoff to do pregame social media posts. When the game starts, I am in the press box with the rest of the content team capturing important clips from the game and immediately posting them to social media. Depending on the game, I can be super busy and capture a lot of video or it could be a slow game and I won't have a lot of content to post. There are also times where I am down on the field during the game capturing up-close game footage. The best part is being able to watch the game surrounded by other people that are passionate about soccer. It is such a great atmosphere with great people.
What was the thing that surprised you the most about your internship experience with NSC?
The amount of work that goes into game day prep. Some people are at the field all day preparing for the game.
What has been the coolest thing you seen from behind the scenes?
A lot of famous people, mostly Preds and Titans players, come to the games and I had the pleasure to meet some of them!
Would you recommend other Belmont student-athletes (or students) do this kind of internship
ABSOLUTLEY!!! Not only has this internship helped me advance my career but it was also so much fun. I enjoyed going to work every day.