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W'toen tine Games
By CLAY HODGES
1987 will be a monumental year
in the history ol" North Carolina
The United States Olympic Sports
Festival will bring its 3,000 athletes,
34 Olympic and Pan American sports
events, and more than 300,000
spectators to the Triangle area for
its summer games. Held annually
except . during Olympic years, the
Festival is expected to have a nine
million "dollar impact on the state.
"This is the biggest event that has
ever happened to North Carolina,"
said Tony Britt, media relations
assistant for North Carolina Ama
teur Sports, the local organizing
committee for the Festival.
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Along with the joys of an Olympic
sized sporting event comes the
collective energy of thousands of
people to make the event work. The
US Olympic Sports Festival will need
more than 7,000 college students for
summer internships. The chance to
work with such an event may be a
"The experience is invaluable,"
said Britt, whose employment with
N CAS is a direct result of a summer
internship with the US Olympic
committee he worked with as a
college student in 1985. We have
plenty of opportunities, in many
different facets of the operation."
Although the internship is volun
tary, college credit can be arranged,
depending on the time put into the
Festival. One student from NCSU is
getting 9 hours of college credit,
working 40 hours a week. Students
are used in capacities that serve their
respective needs, and work in every
aspect of the Festival operation;
media relations, transportation,
For instance, a student interested
in journalism or marketing could get
involved in the department of media
relations and work on such projects
as the North Carolina Amateur
Sportsletter.. Students interested in
administration could be used in
operations or transportation, gaining
hands-on experience of coordinating
a large-scale sports function.
"We let the student work out the
ImtemsIMps give experience
fan a wide range of occmpatioinis
By BRIAN LONG
Students can try out careers
ranging from arts to zoology by
participating in summer internships,
according to Robin Joseph, expe
riential learning coordinator at the
University Career Planning and
Placement Service (CPPS).
"There are internships in commun
ications, business, politics, govern
ment, the sciences physical, life
and computer and just a wide
range of fields," Joseph said. "Most
internships are career-related."
"A lot of students look for some
thing cross-disciplinary," she added.
"1 think there's a lot of crossover (in
Joseph added, that students can
create internships from just about
any type of work, whether it be
volunteering with Special Olympics,
the Big Buddy program, or working
for a law firm.
Students should begin researching
internships early in their sophomore
year to determine particular skills
and identify potential internship
employers, Joseph said. "We (CPPS)
have all kinds of workshops and
information sessions that we hold.
"(Starting early) helps students
build a foundation for future career
decisions," she added. "This prepa
ration can lead to an internship that
helps them get a jump on the post-
Town center needs cairap
By ANDREA SHAW
The Chapel Hill Community Cen
ter not only offers a variety of
recreational activities for people of
all ages, but summer job opportun
ities for UNC students as well.
The community center is offering
three types of recreational camps this
summer with about 25 job openings
II The eight-day camps will need
counselors for participants ranging in
age from preschoolers to teenagers,
recreation specialist Bill Webster
said. This includes a camp that will
need counselors for handicapped
children. The camps begin June 22
and end Aug. 7.
To qualify for the jobs, applicants
must be at least 1 7 years old and have
worked before with children, Webs
ter added. . .
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details he needs to get credit with the
school," said Britt. "Then we give the
student the work."
"I'm not getting credit, but it's a
great organization and I'm getting a
lot of experience," said Julia Ritchey,
a senior at UNC and Festival volun
teer. Aside from the experience, the
intern will be a part of the NCAS
staff and will have access to many
events of the Festival.
The US Olympic Sports Festival
will be held in selected sports facilities
in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill,
and Greensboro. The games will
begin July 13th and run through the
26th. Along with the sports events,
the Festival will feature a month-long
"North Carolina Arts Celebration,"
Joseph said deadlines for intern
ship applications differ, with some
being as early as November or'
December. But students shouldn't be
discouraged over rejections or missed
deadlines. "There are many oppor
tunities available after school gets
out," she said.
One of the keys to obtaining a
summer internship is looking beyond
bulletin boards. "For every intern
ship listed, you're going to find three
or four that are not," Joseph said.
Seeking out these internships shows
initiative on the student's part, and
companies look for that in an intern,
Although as many as 60 percent
of internships do not pay, Joseph said
it is better for students to sacrifice
finances now than end up in a career
they hate a few years down the road.
"It's a bridging of the gap between
the classroom and the office with no
career commitment," she said.
"If you do something now and you
hate it, it's OK. If you wait till you
graduate, you're stuck."
Jackie Jarvis, a senior from Kings
port, Tenn., said her experience
working for the International Law
Institute in Washington, D.C., last
summer couldn't have been any
closer to her career plans. She plans
to enter law school next fall at either
Vanderbilt University or Cornell
past experience with children,"
Webster said. "We hire people for
one job during the summer and if
they want to apply in the fall, they
are seriously considered."
The pay is $4.25 per hour for
assistant counselors and $5.25 for
counselors, Webster said. Counselors
usually have more experience than
assistants or have worked with the
program before, he added.
D A camp needing coaches is the
USTA National Junior Tennis
League, which is in its second year,
recreation specialist Karen Burky
"We are seeking team leaders with
work and playing experience," Burky
The camp is for young people
between eight and 18, three days a
week, Burky said. Participants will
the last day, she said. Coaches are
ttlh e j ofes
and a state-wide Torch Run involv
ing 8,000 runners covering 2,800
miles through 375 North Carolina
cities. There will even be disabled
competitions in tennis, volleyball,
and wrestling. In last year's Olympic
Festival, Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke
her own world record in the women's
Students interested in applying for
a summer internship should contact
Bob McBee, Director of Operations
for NCAS. The number is 1-800-223-USOF.
"We are looking for good students
who are willing to work," said Britt.
"I feel the experience, the contacts,
and the fun will make it all
"It was an incredible experience,"
she said. "Even if you come away
thinking this isn't the career you
want, the experience is still
Senior journalism major Guy
Lucas worked for The Phoenix
Gazette in Arizona last summer. He
said being a "real reporter" dealing
with the public was different from
his work with campus publications.
"They (the public) didn't treat (me)
like a student," he said. "They treated
me with a great deal of respect."
Joseph emphasized that intern
ships aren't limited to the summer.
There are many opportunities await
ing students during the school year.
"I encourage a student to take a
semester off and work in a field of
interest," she said.
Every year the number of students
applying for internships increases
because students are giving more
consideration to future careers,
Joseph said. CPPS even has a
counselor who helps students decide
on potential careers.
"Experience is a key today," she
said. "Having a degree is no guaran
tee anymore, and there has never
been anything detrimental about
doing an internship.
"It's kind of like test-driving a car
you're thinking about buying."
paid $4.50 or more, depending upon
their experience, she added.
Like the day camps, the tennis
league will start June 22 and last six
weeks, recreation specialist Laurie
B Another community camp in
need of counselors is Sports Explo
ration, which is scheduled to explore
a diversity of sports from Softball to
croquet, Anderson said.
The weeklong camp for 1 1- to 13-year-olds
will last five sessions and
participants will learn to play a
variety of sports, Anderson said.
"The more sports an applicant is
familiar with, the better his or her
chances will be," Anderson said.
Sports counselors' pay starts at
$4.50, she said.
Other positions offered by the
community center are park aides for
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