Summer Internships Put Duhawks in the Game

Two Loras students are getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a professional sporting event happen – both on the field and in the stands.

Jorge Ramirez-Artuz (’21) and Patrick Hunt (’20) shared their experiences from summer work that was anything but work.

Ramirez-Artuz spent time with the Union Dubuque Football Club, a soccer team in Dubuque that completed its inaugural season in July. Much of his time was focused on building partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. The overall experience proved to be enlightening.

“I want to do business in sports later on in my career,” he explained. “It has always been my passion, and I think I could do amazingly in that field.”

Hunt’s experience came on the diamond with the Chicago Dogs minor league baseball team. He was able to directly interact with fans as he helped run in-game promotions. That included screening contestants and ensuring that each promotion ran smoothly.

“Going to work in a baseball stadium hardly qualifies as work to me, and it’s been an incredibly valuable experience thus far,” he said. “The lasting friendships you make double in value as you realize the amount of connections you can make in a given industry in just one summer.”

Both Duhawks agreed that Loras set them up to succeed, not just in their internships, but also moving forward.

“At Loras, I’ve been exposed to a professional social media team and broadcast crew in addition to just my promotion duties,” Hunt explained. “I feel being exposed to so much only helps me prepare for a future in sports and media.”

Ramirez-Artuz echoed his sentiments. “Loras wants its students to be successful after the four years of college, which is why they teach you the basic rules there are, in order to look professional, and to act accordingly.”