FSU Interns

Student Interns from Florida State University’s Sport Management Program

Dr. Jason Pappas, Assistant Teaching Professor, Sport Management, Florida State University

The Fred Biletnikoff Award organization is an excellent opportunity for FSU Sport Management students in providing them with an impactful internship opportunities in multiple areas in the sport industry such as event management, development, marketing and communications.  The Biletnikoff Award is one of the biggest college football awards to be given each year and to have this award housed right here in Tallahassee is a tremendous opportunity for a FSU Sport Management to take full advantage of.  The organization is second to none in helping provide scholarship opportunities for underprivileged high school students in the local community.  In addition, our students are provided leadership and structure from some of the finest business leaders in the country. I would recommend this internship to any motivated and eager student who wants to gain first hand knowledge within the sport industry.

2020-2021 Reece Fishback

Reece Fishback
B.S. in Sport Management
Florida State University, Class of 2021

As a native of Tallahassee, Florida I have been able to be around one of the most prestigious sporting programs in the country (Florida State University), as well as being able to live in a city with a proud tradition of sports. I have been able to compete in a variety of sports throughout my life, ranging from soccer to football and this was the reason that I chose to pursue a degree in Sport Management.

After finishing high school, I chose to attend Florida State University and pursue a degree in Sport Management as being from a family that almost exclusively attended Florida State, I felt that it would be the best place to continue my education, as well as learn from some of the best and most experienced faculty in the country. Throughout my time at Florida State University, I have been able to gain experience in the sport industry through a variety of internships and experiences, the first of these being able to become a part of the Sports Management Student Association. Being a part of this organization on campus has allowed me to gain valuable experiences and knowledge that I can utilize in my future career in the sport industry. I am set to graduate from Florida State University in the Spring of 2021 with my B.S. in Sport Management

2019-2020: Sara Newmann

B.A.A. in Sport Management
Minor in Professional Sales
M.S. in Sport Management
Central Michigan University, Class of 2018
Florida State University, Class of 2020

A San Diego native, I have spent the better part of my life in and around sports. Slightly unathletic, and entirely uncoordinated, I did both competitive and sideline cheerleading for seven years. Standing on the side of a football field for four years, I cultivated a love for the sport, and chose to further pursue. In high school, I helped scout and recruit local football players, and developed a passion for the sport which provided so much opportunity to youth.

After high school, I chose to attend my parents Alma Mater, Central Michigan University. Despite having no clue how to drive in the snow, I made do with many layers of warm clothing, and went through the Sport Management program. At CMU I involved myself in as many extracurriculars as possible, including a chair on the Sport Management Association Conference Planning Committee, as team manager for the women’s varsity lacrosse team, and as a tutor for students athletes. With thanks to a few well placed high school AP classes, I was able to graduate with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in less than three years (summer classes allowed me to avoid another winter in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Over my collegiate summers, I interned with a San Diego based marketing and event management company, Integrated Sports Marketing. At ISM, my primarily responsibility was to plan the Celebrity Championship, a 21 year-old celeb-am golf tournament. Over my three years at the company, I had the opportunity to work with countless Hall of Famers and MVP’s, as well as cultivate the ability to speak with my childhood idols without being entirely enamored by prestige. Along the way, I helped raise over $225,000 for the Jr. Seau Foundation.

In August, I made the move to Tallahassee, Florida, marking my second decision to move to a town where I know no one but my opportunity at hand. I am continuing my education in the number one Sport Management masters program in the country: Florida State University. I am working as a teaching assistant for the department, as well as interning with the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. to plan the 26th Biletnikoff Award Banquet. I spend my free time pretending to know how to golf, exploring the Eastern seaboard, and somewhat ironically searching for a place to snowboard in the American southeast.

2018-2019: Michael Gonzalez

B.S. in Economics
M.S. in Sports Management
Minor in Business
Florida State University, Class of 2020

I am a native Floridian born and raised in Miami. A first-generation Cuban American, I attended Christopher Columbus High School before choosing to stay in-state and attend Florida State University. While there, I completed my undergraduate degree in economics at the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

I am currently working to complete my Master’s in Sports Management at Florida State University while living in New York City. I work for the National Football League’s Statistics & Player Participation team auditing gameday statistics, logging college film for club scouts, and tracking head impacts throughout the season.

While at Florida State, I participated in the Phi Sigma Theta honor society and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. My previous work experience includes internships at Royal Caribbean and UPS which focused on increasing efficiency and improving customer satisfaction. I also taught three courses as a Graduate Assistant for the Sports Management program.

I am an avid follower of Miami’s professional sports team and enjoys devoting my weekends to college and professional football. My experience working with The Biletnikoff Award and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation is one I will never forget.

2018: Jessica Clark

B.S. Sports Management
Minor in Hospitality
Florida State University, Class of 2018
Born and raised in Floyds Knobs, Indiana

It has been such an honor to be a part of the Biletnikoff Award ceremony as an intern. I am so thankful to The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. and admire this amazing group of people, who have provided scholarships to students overcoming challenges and leading them to success in higher education. This prestigious Foundation has taught me so much and I appreciate to have had this opportunity.

2018: Emily Munyon

Hometown: Apopka, Florida
Florida State University, Class of 2018
B.S. in Sport Management

I am honored to have the opportunity to intern for the Fred Biletnikoff Award ceremony. It is an honor to be able to learn from so many successful professionals in the sporting industry. I am the President of the Sport Management Student Association, a student run organization at FSU. I plan, organize and execute networking trips every semester as well as host weekly guest speakers. As a Senior graduating in May 2018, I am excited to take everything I learn and experience from this internship and apply it to future positions in sport.

2017-2018: Benjamin Pereira

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Class of 2017
B.S. in Sport Management
Florida State University, Class of 2019
M.S. in Sport Management

Benjamin Pereira is a class of 2017 graduate of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a current M.S. candidate in Sport Management at Florida State University. Originally from Massachusetts, he joins the Biletnikoff Award after working for The Association of Diversity in Sport, serving as their Vice President over the past year. Ben’s previous experience included working for sport organizations like the New England Revolution, the New Bedford Bay Sox, and Zero Gravity. Ben is a strong sport researcher, who hopes to utilize some of his market analysis skills and contribute to the greater mission of the award on a broad scale. Ben is very excited to join the team.

2016-2017: Stuart Langer-Marshall

Hometown: Plainville, Connecticut
Florida State University, Class of 2017
B.S. in Sport Management

The Biletnikoff Award has taught me that the richest successes come from a person’s true character. All people come from different backgrounds, and each one has to cope with various obstacles to achieve greatness and satisfaction. I was honored to have the opportunity to volunteer my time with the Biletnikoff Award due to the fact that every trustee, especially including our Founder, Professor Walter W. Manley, II, passionately cares about our careers following this internship and for the inspiration to every Biletnikoff Award applicant that they may find the best educational, and career, path that suits that individual. I have never been surrounded by an organization prior to this internship that better demonstrates and promotes positive attitude, character, passion, and to approach life by doing the things the correct way and always looking for guidance from knowledgeable mentors. I could not be more thankful to the entire organization and absolutely plan to stay involved with the Biletnikoff Award along with its creators and sponsorship from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc.

10-27-2017

To second Anthony, thank you for putting us in the best position to succeed in these prestigious organizations! We took away so much from working with the local communities of northern Florida, and we will certainly create a positive impact wherever our paths may take us.

2015 – 2016: Anthony Onimus

A. Onimus

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University, Class of 2015
B.S. in Business Administration, Dual Major in Finance & Risk Management
Florida State University, Class of 2016
M.S. in Sport Management

Interning for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. was an experience, I believe, happens once in a lifetime. Working with many of the Trustees, involved with the Biletnikoff Award, assisted me in growing both as an individual as well as a young professional in the sports industry. The internship was very challenging but also very pleasing due to the experience, knowledge, and connections gained throughout my time with the Foundation. The Biletnikoff Award is an amazing award that not only spotlights an outstanding, collegiate wide receiver but also gives back to the community through its scholarship foundation. Working with the scholarships was very rewarding due to the individuals I met as well as the stories I heard. In our beautiful country today, an education does not come at a cheap price and many young students are driven into debt to receive a college degree. The Biletnikoff Award does an outstanding job in assisting young, high school seniors, that have overcome a significant challenge, in receiving an education at a cheaper price by providing 10 – 15 scholarships a year. It was an honor to receive an opportunity to work alongside the Trustees at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. and I look forward in assisting the Foundation in the future!


10-26-2017
Walter,

I hope your week is finishing up well and you are getting ready for a weekend filled with some great college football! As of earlier this week, I have accepted the position of Aquatics Program and Risk Management Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. The position is going to be an amazing start to my career and I truly appreciate everything you have done to help me get to this point. I will be mainly running the University’s aquatics center that includes duties such as hiring/training lifeguards, scheduling of the pool, maintenance of the aquatics center, running the swim program, and keeping updated CPR/First Aid/AED certifications with all of the staff. Along with running the Aquatics Center, I will also be representing the University’s RecSports department on the campus wide Risk Management committee. As a representative on the committee, I will be voicing the RecSports department’s concerns on risk management initiatives and collaborating with other representatives on campus.

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with Arianne and Todd. I hope the Foundation’s trustees are doing well and everyone is getting excited for the upcoming months and banquet! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I’ll give you a call once I am settled in South Bend and GO IRISH!

Best Wishes,

Anthony Onimus

2015: Colton Schultz

C. Schultz

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
B.S. in Sport Management, 2016 Florida State University
Minor in General Business, 2016 Florida State University

Interning for the Biletnikoff Award Foundation was an amazing experience, I am thankful that I got to be a part of such an unbelievable group of people.

2014 – 2015: Edward J. Billington, III

E. Billington

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida State University, Class of 2015
B.S. Sport Management, minor in General Business
University of South Florida, Class of 2018
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Sport and Entertainment Management

My experience with the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation afforded me the invaluable opportunity to give back and impact this community in a very meaningful way. I am very fortunate to have been associated with such an upstanding and prestigious foundation, and I look forward to continuing my affiliation.

12-08-2017
Walter,

Congrats on another successful Biletnikoff Award Winner! I wanted to send you a quick note and say thank you again for all your help in getting my career started.

Interning for the Tallahassee QB Club Foundation/Biletnikoff Award was instrumental to my career, and it opened so many doors for me. I truly appreciate the opportunities you provided me. I am currently working in the Corporate Partnerships with the Tampa Bay Rays, while finishing up my MS/MBA at USF. If there’s ever any way I can help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Additionally, if you’re ever in the Tampa/St. Pete area, I’d love to grab lunch.

Happy Holidays,

Edward Billington
Biletnikoff Intern ’14

2013 – 2014: Kristin Olson

K. Olson

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
B.S. in Family and Child Sciences
M.S. in Sport Management
Event Management Certification

Interning at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. has provided me with the necessary tools and experiences to be successful in my current career.

I think most sports fans are familiar with the Biletnikoff Award, but I do not think they are familiar with the organization behind it. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation is so much more than just the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award. The Foundation also provides generous college scholarships to local counties’ high school seniors who have overcome significant challenges to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels. I was very honored to have been tasked the responsibility to conduct outreach to prospective students and to guidance counselors, review and classifying applications, and make award recipient recommendations to the Committee Chairman and Members.

I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing people and organization!

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