While searching for an internship I had asked Endicott's Sports Information Director, Shawn Medeiros, if he knew anyone at local schools that he thought would be interested in taking me on as an intern during the spring semester. As soon as I asked he came back with the idea of Merrimack as a potential site. He mentioned he knew a few people there and that he would be more than willing to send my name and portfolio along to them. After one quick email I was connected with Merrimack's Assistant Athletic Director -Communications, Chris Aliano.
Before I go any further, I would be remiss if I did not take the time to show my appreciation for Shawn. Not only did he help me get this internship, but as I'm writing this, he is actively helping me lock down my semester long internship and potentially my dream internship. Without him I would not even be close to where I am at today. I have learned so much from him over the two short years I have worked for him, and I could not be more grateful to have him as a mentor. So, Shawn if you're reading this, which you most likely will be to check my grammar, thank you, for everything.
Now, back to the story at hand. Not long after emailing Chris, I was heading to Merrimack's campus in North Andover for what I thought was going to be an interview. To my surprise it was more of just figuring out my schedule and how we could make this work. Because I was not only trying to complete my internship requirements but I also had 5 classes and other commitments to balance. Thankfully, Chris was more than understanding and we figured out how to make this internship work in a way that benefited the both of us and worked with my hectic schedule. We worked out that I would come in for office hours once a week and also shoot at least one game every week.
The First Game
The first game I was able to make it to was a Men's basketball game. It was probably one of the best games to start off with. They were playing SNHU and it was an intense game right from the tip-off. And since there is not much room between the baseline and the wall (where I have to sit to take photos), I was almost trampled multiple times throughout the game. However, I survived, and even came out of the game with multiple portfolio worthy shots. It was a great way to kick off my internship and I could not wait to get back to shoot more games.
During my time at Merrimack, I shot everything from basketball, to softball to lacrosse and even some tennis in between below is some of my best photos from the semester (minus men's lacrosse, they get their own section)!
Getting to follow this team to the national championship was extra special for me because it was the first time I got to shoot at Gillette Stadium which is something that I have been trying to do since high school. Because of this internship I was able to live out that dream and I enjoyed every second of it.