By Sabrine Navarro — Trevor Adams has landed himself an opportunity of a lifetime. The junior from Oak Grove, MO has packed up his bags for a semester to intern with the rejuvenated National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Charlotte Hornets. Growing and building a sound network as a college student can be difficult to manage when dealing with a full course load. But sometimes getting a foot in a door may be just enough to get the ball rolling. For Adams, his network has expanded over the past year. From a position at the William Jewell athletic department, to an acclaimed intern position at the Hornets, Adams has been making leaps and bounds in his ability to acquire connections.
Currently completing a Business Administration major and minoring in Communications and Recreation and Sport, Adams is working as a group sales intern for the Hornets. Sales however is not new territory for Adams. Prior to his internship with the Hornets he worked with the Kansas City T-bones, a minor league baseball team. There, he worked with ticket sales and group coordination and was able to gather the appropriate experience in lead up to his current positon at the Hornets.
On a typical day, Adams works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. assisting the full time staff with current and potential clientele. Additionally, he is completing a sales training course that not only gives him the opportunity to further develop the skills required to succeed in his current environment but includes hands on field experience. As an avid Boston Celtics fan, Adams still reveled at the opportunity to work with the Hornets. He says, “I really wanted to work for an NBA team. I also accepted an internship at the Oklahoma City Thunder stadium before the internship with the Hornets came up. I was going to be an event management intern with SMG group, the corporation that runs the Oklahoma City arena”. Adams began his internship with the Hornets in early September and will be working until December.
With many students seeking internship opportunities Adams realizes that landing a position with a major organization like the Hornets isn’t easy to come by. He states, “I applied for 25 internships over the summer and I didn’t know a single person at the Hornets”. Currently taking 14 credit hours of independent study Adams suggests to those who are seeking to follow a similar path that they capitalize on their opportunity to intern at the right time. “If you want do to sports or basketball I would suggest it in the fall or the spring”, Adams says. With the NBA preseason just getting under way, Adams will soon have the opportunity to sit by the court and meet the players.
As his experience continues, Adams says that the most rewarding aspect of this internship is the growth of his network. “My LinkedIn has blown up, just because of this opportunity with the Hornets”. As a Missouri native, Adams recognizes the importance of expanding his network. “This is a lucrative business and I’m trying to open as many doors as I can”. To a growing list of names that he has consulted with, Adams adds the general manager of the Hornets, Rich Cho, and brother of the chairman, James R. Jordan Jr.