Beyond the Court

Davis Brown at the Celtics office

Davis Brown '15 spent summer 2014 interning with the Boston Celtics, especially exciting because he's a lifelong fan of the team. Photo courtesy Davis Brown.

For Davis Brown '15, an internship with the Boston Celtics held multifaceted rewards 


International Business & Management


Club hockey, rec sports supervisor, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

What my internship entails on a day-to-day basis:

I work for the community-relations department and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, the official charity foundation of the Celtics. This includes sending Celtics merchandise donations to multiple nonprofit organizations for their fundraising events. Other tasks include working on our quarterly newsletter, helping design our new Web site, preparing for our fundraising events by sending e-mails and making phone calls to help organize our events, and meeting with my boss and other employees in the office to help brainstorm new ways to generate more profit for our charitable foundation.

A memorable part of the internship:

It was pretty cool going to Shamrock events and meeting players and Celtics legends. I’ve met quite a range of players in a variety of ways: first-round draft picks James Young and Marcus Smart during a new computer-lab unveiling for a middle school; I roamed Canobie Lake Park with second-year power forward Kelly Olynyk and drove Celtics Hall of Famer and current color commentator Tommy Heinsohn to and from an event in the State House. I also shared a pod with beloved Celtics great Jo Jo White, who actually works for my department. Being a life-long Celtics fan, meeting these guys was undeniably a highlight of the internship and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

My other internship experiences:

I interned for Shipyard Brewery last summer. Shipyard is a popular Maine beer brewed in Portland.

The most valuable part of this internship experience:

Just being put in a real-world environment has been really valuable—waking up early, commuting to work and then spending the rest of the day in a fast-paced work atmosphere where everyone works extremely hard to get their job done.

One of the most rewarding parts of this internship is being around these players at the events and seeing how much of an impact they make on the kids. These events were mostly held in classrooms or hospitals, all benefiting children in need. Whether a child is sick, homeless or has a tough life outside the classroom, the players are able to make them smile and bring a sense of happiness and hope to their lives. Watching these players and how much it affects them as well has taught me that sports go far beyond what you see on the court, field or ice for three hours every night.

My advice for peers considering an internship:

It’s pretty rare to get internships through just applying randomly online or through sites such as I would definitely go through Gateway [DickinsonConnect and LACN] or reach out to people you know who have careers you are interested in. There’s no harm in sending them an e-mail and asking if they know anyone looking for interns.

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Published August 14, 2014