Today is my final in the office at Premier Sport Psychology!
This week has been yet again pretty busy. This morning, I came in for the pre-hours meeting on the organizational alignment project. At this point, we have finalized all the constructs we want to include in the assessment and have just begun creating the questions to evaluate those areas. This project has a taught me a ton about not only the content of the project (leadership effectiveness, relationship management, organization identity, etc.) but also about how a group goes about tackling a substantial project like this. It takes an organized approach and effective teamwork to get a project like this done successfully.
I got a few other new, last minute projects to work on before finishing up. One of them is doing some research on marathon and ultramarathon running, and specifically determining how to get through “the wall.” One of our providers is giving a presentation to first-time marathon runners and would like to get the most up-to-date research.
I also did a lot of work this week trying to troubleshoot some of the issues we were having with Qualtrics. A mentioned in a previous post, we have been working on creating a questionnaire for athletes and then providing them with a customized report containing our assessment of their answers, what they mean, and what we recommend to do work on in the future. The challenge that I have tried to tackle is figuring out how we can create that report automatically within Qualtrics. The platform is generally pretty user-friendly, but we have had to jump through a lot of hoops to figure out how to do what we would like. As a backup plan, I researched and identified a few other platforms that seem to be able to do what we would like as well.
While this is my last day in the office, I will continue to work on a couple remaining projects for Premier during the next week. Specifically, I will work on a second article for our website director, John. These content articles are hugely effective in our website relevance, so I wanted to create one more piece of writing that contribute. I also will continue working on this organization alignment, mostly creating more questions for the 50+ concepts we are attempting to assess.
This will be my final week at Premier Sport Psychology. I have a lot of projects up in the air that I’m finalizing and handing in to my supervisors. This morning, I just finished and sent off my analysis of Second Round and Undrafted Free Agents productivity in the NBA over their first two seasons. This information will be used to provide support for the effectiveness of their draft-prospect analysis that they do for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With time and more data, the results will become a lot more telling of what is truly going on with these players’ performance outcomes.
I also handed in a document of about 100 sample questions that the company can use to better assess the prospects on the various measures. They are constantly improving their method and product, and this is one way that they asked me to contribute to that progress. This project has really taught me a lot about assessment in general and about the process of creating questions aimed at a number of different concepts.
This week at Premier has been pretty hectic. For one, as myself and the other three interns I’ve been working with this summer are wrapping up our time here, a new group of interns has come in. This has presented a really valuable opportunity to lead and teach the new interns about what we’ve been doing here and our ongoing projects. So far, we’ve presented to them our social media plan which we’d like them to continue throughout the rest of the summer. We’ve already seen a spike in website visits since our social media campaign has begun, so that has been really encouraging.
We have also all worked together this week to finish the leadership workshop that will go along with a product that Premier sells. Having seven of us working on the workshop at the same time has been really productive and has allowed us to get it done a lot faster than I anticipated.
The other thing I’ve been working on this week is helping out with the two-day presentation for the Minnesota Wild development camp. Today, we worked to do a little qualitative analysis of the responses that we got from the first day of the presentation yesterday. We sorted through and identified the most major themes that came up in the session. Here’s a photo of the first stage of our process:
This was an extremely busy week for our intern group despite the holiday on Wednesday. We have been working hard to create a second social media platform for one of the products that Premier Sport Psychology offers to their clients. The biggest challenge we’ve seen has been recruiting the following that we already built up for the official business’s platform, over to the newest product’s page.
Additionally, I’ve just finished my work on a report generation that an athlete would receive after taking an assessment of their coping skills. The firm is working on creating this report so that they can offer it to coaches who would then have their players take the assessment. The goal is to become more aware of one’s coping skills and their specific strengths and weaknesses.
Another project that I have been working on this week is creating a leadership workshop geared toward middle school/high school athletes. The process of creating this workshop has taught me a lot about leadership theory itself but also about how to create engaging and valuable workshops for athletes. It has also led me to reflect upon the good and bad leaders that I’ve experienced throughout my career and think more in-depth about what made them successful.
On another note, I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity to travel across the country for this internship. I’ve been exposed to so many different people, cultures, and experiences, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Dickinson’s assistance. Thanks to the funding of the Internship Grant Program, I’ve been able to explore Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and many other areas in the state during these beautiful summer months. The time I’ve had out here has really helped me to reflect on my experiences at Dickinson and think more clearly about my future career and personal goals.