NFL internship reveals business side options
A summer internship with the Miami Dolphins convinced Christian Galante ’19 to change his major. As part of the internship, he coached at the team’s flag football youth camps and hauled equipment during training camp.
A highlight was hearing talks by Dolphins coaches and operations managers for the benefit of the interns. They explained their career paths and what it took to get to their positions.
Many started in entry-level jobs, such as contacting season ticket holders to renew or working with sponsors to carry out promotions, Galante recalled. He concluded that there are good opportunities in business operations beyond coaching. As a result, he added a second major—operations management—while keeping business administration but dropping a minor in coaching.
I saw the business operations side of the football team and decided that’s something I’d like to pursue.Christian on his internship experience
Galante grew up in the Florida city of Plantation near Fort Lauderdale. He was always a Dolphins fan, attending home games with his family and even volunteering at the team’s summer training camp during high school.
He was recruited by Elmhurst to play lacrosse. A two-year letter winner, he plays defense and last season recorded 19 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.
He also coaches 8th and 9th grade members of a lacrosse club travel team in Western Springs, “I like working with kids and sharing my personal experiences,” he said.