2013Sep 27

@LU_SPAD Internship Profile: Diaries from “Smashville” – Robbie Mclellan – Part 1

The SPAD Blog and it’s contributors are proud to introduce a new, recurring series to be featured on the site twice a month over the course of the next four months. “Diaries from Smashville” will be a continuous following of the work done by 4th year SPAD Students Robbie Mclellan and Brianne Pankoff, as they complete their internship with the Nashville Predators of the NHL. We begin this journey by speaking to Robbie Mclellan about the start of his internship and his goals for over the next 4 months.

NASH#1Q: What is your official internship title?

RM: I am one of the two Fan Relations Interns that have been brought on by the Nashville Predators this fall.

Q: What are some of your responsibilities as a Fan Relation Intern for the Predators?

RM: Thus far we have been responsible for processing most of the ticket orders and arranging how the tickets will be picked up (Will call, mail, email). We answer the fan line phone an emails and help all Nashville Predator fans with inquiries or complaints they may have. (There have been a few angry Blackhawks fan emails although it may just be Brianne Pankoff using alias accounts).

Q: How have you enjoyed your internship thus far?

RM: The first few weeks of working with the Predator have been great! The team has been really good to me and has been teaching me a lot about the organization and the skills needed to work for an NHL team. It’s been quite an adjustment moving from Canada to the south. To say college football is big down here is an understatement! But I do appreciate their passion for sports in Nashville.

Q:What is it like working for an NHL team, especially being such a big hockey fan?

RM: Hockey has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a Child I hoped to be playing in the show, but as I realized I simply wouldn’t make the cut, I decided to look at other means of being involved with the game later in life. The town and the team that I am working with have been great.

Q: What have been your favorite moments of the internship so far?

RM: The first preseason game took place this past weekend, and nothing gets me quiet as pumped up as the pregame montage NASH#3that takes place. I also got to be a part of the Predators open skate at the Bridgestone Arena. I actually ran into a Sudburian native, who after just recently moving to Nashville was wearing his Sudbury Wolves jersey during the open skate.

Q: How helpful has it been to have a fellow SPAD intern within the same organization?

RM: It’s been great having Brianne down here with me. It’s been nice having a good friend to serve as a connection back to school and in turn, home. It’s also cool to have someone that I am able to compete with, and seeing as I received my own desk and computer before she did, I’d say I’m winning. Surprisingly the apartment was a lot cleaner before she moved in!

Q:  What are you most looking forward to over the next few weeks, before we talk to you next?

RM: This week the interns get to help with the “Gladiator Shots” helping the players get from station to station during the photo shoot for the upcoming season. What Canadian hockey fan wouldn’t love to spend some time with quality NHL hockey players. I am also looking forward to the opening of the regular season and when the Leafs visit me at the Bridgestone Arena on NASH#2October 10th.

We would like to thank Robbie and Brianne for their commitment to this regular series while away on their internships. Working on internship takes a great deal of time and effort. We look forward to talking with Brianne in a few weeks and are excited to see the developments in Robbie’s internship over the next month. 

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