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Robyn Phelan lands an internship of a lifetime

January 13, 2010, Amanda Weaver

${image-alt} Robyn Phelan with Sparky, the Chicago Fire Mascot

Marketing student Robyn Phelan just finished an experience of a lifetime in her hometown of Bridgeview, IL. Phelan, who is a senior, was asked to become an intern for the Chicago Fire, an American professional soccer club based in Bridgeview, Illinois, over break. Instead of sleeping in late and moping around the house like many college students do over break, she woke up early and went to work. In the three short weeks she was there, she learned what it felt like to be in the front office of Chicago Fire’s Marketing and Communication departments where all of the planning happened.

One of the benefits about working with Fire is that she was allowed to attend the 2010 Jersey Unveiling and Super draft party in downtown Chicago. Phelan said, “It was a blast being one of the first to see the brand new jersey.”

In addition, during her internship, Phelan was able to develop a new program called the Fire Squad. The Fire Squad is a way to keep the Street Team interns involved when they go away to school during the off-season. The Fire Squad will be an affiliation group for Fire Fans on campus and will be run similar to a Registered Student Organization (RSO) but more along the lines of a supporters group. Members of the Fire Squad will receive a t-shirt, discounts on Fire gear, and an invitation to watch all the games at the Carbondale Fire Bar, which will be finalized soon. Like any other RSO on campus, there will be a governing body consisting of a President, Vice President, etc. What is unique about the Fire Squad is that the governing body will be interning for the Fire from Southern Illinois.

Even though Phelan loved her experience at the Fire, her ultimate goal is to someday be the Vice President of Marketing for the Chicago Cubs. Phelan said that ever since she was a little girl, she has always dreamed about being involved with the Cubs in some aspect. Although this is her biggest professional ambition in life, she does not want to make it there right away. When she graduates from college, she hopes to work in promotions for a professional team.