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Externship series: Greg Gilleylen, The Chicago Blackhawks

April 05, 2012, Nicole Trainor

${image-alt} Greg Gilleylen, Marketing '12

Unlike most seniors in college who spend their spring breaks on the beach in the sun, Greg Gilleylen, a marketing senior from Aurora, Illinois spent his working alongside The Chicago Blackhawks and their marketing team as a part of The SIU Externship Program. The week-long program is administered by the SIU Alumni Association as well as the College of Business, and it provides students with valuable work experience and is a great way for students to enrich their resumes.

During his time with the Blackhawks, Gilleylen was able to shadow the Blackhawk’s marketing team to observe the preparation that happens pregame, as well as what goes on behind the scenes during the hockey games. Gilleylen was able to see first-hand how the team selected the special activity participants before each of the games. During the activities he watched from the press box, where he was given a headset that allowed him to listen in on how the marketing team ran the different activities

Gilleylen was excited to talk about why he would recommend the externship program to any business student. “Externships can open up so many opportunities for students. My externship with the Blackhawks showed me that I need to choose a career that is not “work,” but something that I enjoy doing,” states Gilleylen. 

Since coming to SIU, Gilleylen has been involved with the Student Alumni Council, American Marketing Association, and the Aviation Ambassadors. He states that he has really enjoyed his classes and the great people he has met while attending SIU, and he thinks of his fellow College of Business classmates as his second family.


Upon completing his bachelors in marketing in May, Gilleylen hopes to obtain a career in sports marketing working with different Chicago sports organizations such as the White Sox, the Bulls, the Bears, or the Blackhawks. He would even enjoy working with the St. Louis Cardinals.