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Meet the 2012 LHSAA Interns – A look at their past, present and future

Posted: 06-14-2012 | Categories: Administrators, Parents & Students

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) offers internships to college students in search of experience in the sports industry. The Association’s unpaid internship program is available in the areas of marketing, communications, accounting and interdepartmental.

The 2012 LHSAA interns are gifted individuals with a wide range of backgrounds. They assist the Association and their respective department in coordinating and hosting all sanctioned Louisiana high school state championships while regulating athletics of approximately 390 member schools and 85,000 student-athletes.

The LHSAA’s Marketing intern for the 2012 summer semester is Lacey Batiste of Fontainebleau High School. She is a senior at LSU and will graduate in August 2012 with a degree in Sports Administration concentrating in Sports Commerce. Lacey’s position at LHSAA allows her to assist the marketing director in executing corporate partnerships and sponsorships through marketing, advertising  and television programming for projects including state championship programs, live and delayed television broadcasts and the LHSAA – New Orleans Saints Game of the Week. Lacey noted that the internship at the LHSAA expands her knowledge of the sports industry and  her understanding of the different aspects of athletics .

“I think all the different projects that take place here at LHSAA can be related to any business situation, and my learning of the industry is pertinent to my success,” Lacey said.

Lacey has experience as a CBS Sports Outdoor/LSU Sports Properties intern and an Allstate Insurance Company property innovation and field support intern. She has also served as a member of the LSU Football Operations student recruiting staff. Lacey volunteered with the Special Olympics, NCAA Final Four and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After college, Lacey plans to pursue a career in the entertainment or sports industry with hopes of a job in event management or planning.

The Communications intern for the summer of 2012 is Bria Turner of St. Amant High School. Bria is a junior in Mass Communication concentrating in Public Relations at LSU. The internship allows Bria to assist the communications director in coordinating media and public relations efforts between the LHSAA and local, state and national media as well as the LHSAA Executive Committee, sponsors, exhibitors, LHSAA member school personnel and the general public. Also, the position gives Bria the opportunity to work on the LHSAA website, social media and write press releases and documents for the monthly newsletter and other communications material. Bria stated that her internship with LHSAA was invaluable.

“I have learned so much more about sports public relations during my time interning here than I could have learned in a semester-long class,” Bria said.

Bria has experience as a public affairs assistant/customer service representative at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and as a disc jockey at LSU’s student-run radio station. Bria volunteered with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Brady James’ Foundation 56. Upon graduating from LSU, Bria plans to pursue a career in the sports public relations field and eventually open a non-profit organization in New Orleans.

The Accounting intern for the summer semester is Justine Tureau of Dutchtown High School, and she is a junior majoring in Accounting at LSU. Justine’s position allows her to assist the Finance department in handling the daily business operations of the LHSAA including tracking finances, organizing financial information and working closely with clients on LHSAA business matters. Justine says she enjoys the work she does at the LHSAA.

“I enjoy the hands-on learning that takes place here along with the experience I am gaining,” Justine said.

Justine has experience working as a waitress at Walk-Ons Bistreaux, where she learned the value of time management and also developed financial stability skills. Justine has learned to balance school and work while maintaining a 3.2 grade point average in the accounting curriculum. After college, Justine plans to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

The Interdepartmental summer intern, Amanda “Mandy” Dupuy, is from Marksville High School and is a senior at LSU graduating in August 2012 with a degree in Sports Administration concentrating in Sports Commerce and Sports Leadership. The interdepartmental internship is a combination of all the internships. Mandy’s position allows her to report to the office of the Executive Director. Mandy enjoys the environment at LHSAA and the opportunity to work with the employees at the LHSAA.

“All the employees are very eager to help you learn as much as you can during your time here. They treat you as if you have been here for years. The second aspect I enjoy about interning at LHSAA is the opportunity to work with all employees and learn a little bit of everything,” Mandy said.

Mandy has experience as a marketing associate for Aspen Heights Student Neighborhood, a Division of Administrative Law student worker and as a Marucci Elite intern. Mandy was a member of a professional organization in marketing, sales and management organization, Pi Sigma Epsilon, and Delta Delta Delta Sorority, where she raised money for St. Jude’s Children Hospital and other philanthropic events.

Each of the interns brings eagerness to learn and willingness to work to the LHSAA. Along with their excitement for their internship position, the student interns add to the positive and friendly environment that the Association is proud to foster.

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