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Super Bowl LII Draws MCTC Information Technology Students

In November 2017, Jared Scharpen, MCTC career & employer relations coordinator, fielded an exciting phone inquiry from Laura Brady, manager of game technology logistics with the National Football League (NFL). Laura was seeking information about MCTC’s Information Technology (IT) program because the NFL was seeking IT Interns for Super Bowl LII.

NFL Interns & Staff at MCTC
L to R: Student Amanda Shold, Dir. of Career Services Julie Poyzer, Student Mohamed Awil, Interim Dean of STEM Jennifer Stauffer, Career & Employer Relations Coordinator Jared Sharpen

Julie Poyzer, director of career services at MCTC, and Scharpen worked collaboratively with Information Technology faculty to inform students about the opportunity. They subsequently assisted several students in developing their resumes and mastering their interviewing skills.

Ultimately, seven MCTC IT Students, Mohamed Awil, Luis Escamilla, Yer Lee, Alexander Mastin, Ian Powers, Amanda Shold and Aaron Souer were selected for the 4.5 week internship which provided a competitive wage of $15 per hour.

Their Super Bowl responsibilities included unpacking, imaging and deploying the League’s technology equipment as well as providing desktop support to NFL personnel.

Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant Adds to the NFL Experience

Two of the seven NFL Interns, Amanda Shold and Ian Powers, were part of the fall 2017 Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Program, an opportunity that provides paid internships for students, as well as builds sustainable employer partnerships for MCTC.

Shold and Powers indicated the skills they earned through their Great Lakes internship enabled them to have a richer experience with the NFL. NFL Intern Aaron Souer will participate in the spring 2018 Great Lakes Program, giving him an opportunity to further develop his IT skills, now backed with hands-on experience from the NFL.

“I’m excited there are so many opportunities for MCTC to showcase its programs, students and the skills they are developing,” said Poyzer. “The NFL experience helped students garner phenomenal career exposure in a high profile organization, invaluable networking connections and exciting stories to share with future employers.”

“While the call from the NFL was definitely unexpected, it just shows how talented our students are,” said Scharpen. “It’s a wonderful way to put MCTC and its programs on the map in our community and beyond.”