Uni students get a taste of the NRL
Footy mad students from Western Sydney University are being given the chance to work for their childhood National Rugby League (NRL) clubs courtesy of a new program being run between the NRL and universities.
Launched in 2015, the NRL Business Academy sees university students witness firsthand the inner workings of an NRL club across a range of roles including membership, merchandise and community.
Seven Western Sydney University students completed their internships in 2015, with five being offered further employment by their club.
Eels fan Dimitri Droulias is currently in the final semester of a Bachelor of Business and Commerce, and has been offered a job at the Parramatta Eels rugby league club following his internship.
"I decided to apply for the internship as I've been an Eels fan since I was a kid, and thought it would be a valuable experience while I was studying," he says.
"I've learnt a lot of vital skills in the program and it's allowed me to adapt to the business world while studying full time."
"To be offered a job at the eels even before I've graduated is a dream come true."
Membership and Consumer Business Manager at the Parramatta Eels, Larissa Paegle says students gaining experience through internships is vital to landing a job in the industry.
"With the large number of students completing sports management degrees, on the job experience is critical to secure a full time position in the industry," she says.
Dimitri also encourages other students to take any employment opportunities they can while they are studying.
"I would definitely recommend an internship to all students no matter what field or course they are studying. It is an invaluable experience that gives you the opportunity to create contacts and build relationships in your industry."
The Business Academy has continued into 2016 with seven Western Sydney University students taking up internships with NRL clubs based across the Sydney region.
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