At the halfway point in my internship here at Premier, I’m very happy with how everything is going! Early in the week, I got to interview one of the employees to pick his brain about a number of topics, including leadership, the future of sports psychology, and how to separate myself as a candidate in the field. He spoke about how he believes effective leaders foster a group to succeed through their emotional intelligence and guidance, not so much authoritarianism and refusing to be challenged. Further, he felt that active self-reflection and understanding of my personal “why” or purpose would be the most helpful things to focus on in order to develop my leadership skills.
Finally, this week I was able to finish up a statistical analysis report. I was so thankful that I had taken my Psych 202 class, because without that knowledge I would have had not been able to complete this project for my supervisor.
For my work this week, I wrote a long article about performance anxiety, where it comes from, and how to overcome it. It was largely based off the book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To, by University of Chicago Cognitive Psychologist Sian Beilock. My article will be published at some point in next few weeks at Premiersportpsychology.com.
Another interesting part of my internship this week was taking a first attempt at writing an imagery script for an athlete preparing for competition. Through the process, I learned a lot about how important it is to incorporate all the sensory information available so that it is as detailed of an imagined scene as possible. The more detailed the image in the athlete’s mind is, the more prepared they will be when they are actually in the moment in competition. I was able to make one script for athletes in general, and another for a basketball player in specific.
This week was busy at Premier Sport Psychology! Our two teams of interns created and presented our Community Outreach Project proposals to some of the staff members. My team’s project consisted of hosting a free workshop to athletes in underprivileged areas of the Twin Cities. We wanted to spread some sports psychology knowledge and performance strategies to deserving athletes who may not be able to pay for Premier’s services typically.
Another exciting event this week was the whole office’s participation in a charity event hosted by the organization MatterBox! Our team competed with about 20 other companies that reside in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. MatterBox is a Non-profit group that provides necessary funds/food/facilities for deserving populations all over the US and the world. In this event, the Summer Harvest for Kids, the goal of the competition was to pack 50 healthy snack-packs as quickly as possible. Each team competed head to head with one other team and the winners moved on. Our team won our first 2 rounds before we were eliminated. In all, the organization raised over $282,500! All in all, we had a great time giving back to the community and it was a great way to get to know some of my co-workers on a more personal level outside of the office.
Welcome to my blog! I am very fortunate to be an intern this summer at Premier Sport Psychology in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides sport psychology counseling, mental health counseling, leadership counseling, and creative solutions to private individual clients, large university athletic departments, business leaders, and professional sports organizations at the highest level. The company has been rapidly growing and is constantly expanding their client base. The company culture is extremely strong, which is no surprise considering they advise other teams and businesses on how to improve their culture.
My job at premier is very multifaceted. I have a few projects I am working on throughout my time here, including a Community Outreach Project, a leadership workshop for college student-athletes, and adding a module of my own to their Premier Mindset Program. Additionally, I and the other interns will be writing multiple blog posts for them to post throughout the rest of the year and we will be upgrading their social media presence. The other three interns also come from all over the country, including Colorado, southern Minnesota, and Ohio. All of them are collegiate athletes and offer a distinct perspective, which has been incredibly interesting to hear.
In this first week, I have already been lucky enough to contribute to a developing project here at Premier. I did not realize until after the meeting that the employee leading the project was a two-time medalist in the 2016 Summer Olympics! I feel incredibly lucky to be here and be able to absorb all of the knowledge and advice that permeates the office. Of course, I am so thankful for the generosity of the Internship Grant that has allowed me to be here this summer. With it, I feel that I have an advantage over many of my peers in terms of graduate school admissions as well as future employment options.