Secret Success Stories: Stefanie Iennaco: US Tennis Association

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Secret Success Stories: Stefanie Iennaco: US Tennis Association

Happy Monday Everyone! If you've ever wanted to work in sports then you're going to love today's Secret Success Story. I sat down with Stefanie Iennaco, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at the US Tennis Association and she told everything you need to know about making this a career. Keep reading to see what she told us about her day to day and what makes a candidate stand out when they are applying for an internship. 

Questions

Can you describe and tell me about the US Tennis association and it’s background for students that are not 100% familiar with it.

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The US Tennis Association is the national governing body of the sport of tennis. We own and operate the US Open. We are a not for profit organization broken down into 3 areas 1.)pro tennis operations 2.)player development arm and 3.)community tennis side.

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How can students get involved with your association?

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We are heading into our 5th year Diversity and inclusion internship program. We post our summer internships every single year in November and students can apply at USTA.com. Our internship program is an 8-week paid summer program.  Our interns work in various departments such as IT, Finance, Marketing etc.

Questions

What majors or backgrounds have made the best interns in the past?

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We typically have a lot of marketing majors- these majors are typically very well rounded. Social media skills have been very beneficial in all departments.

Questions

What are some intern do’s and don’ts?

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Do’s- Definitely Thank you notes. This year I interviewed over 150 students and got only 3 thank you notes. Hand written thank you notes are the best but if students email or message me on LinkedIN that is always nice too!

Don’ts- This year we’ve noticed a new trend when making offers to students. We’ve noticed that a lot of them don’t respond. They kind of ghost you and then respond 3 weeks later. We understand that they might be getting other offers but we definitely suggest that they email us even if it’s to reject the offer.   

Questions

How did you get to where you are today? How did you get from college to career?

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I ended up in sports accidentally. I graduated college with a degree in political science. After graduation I worked in Capitol Hill and realized that was not the right field for me so then I worked various odd jobs and volunteered and built lots of relationships which eventually led me to the US Tennis Association. Once I saw a job opening I applied and got the job.

Questions

What is the hardest thing and best thing about working at your organization?

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Hardest:  The hardest part is that we’re governed by volunteers. It’s super rewarding because they help guide us but, it’s also challenging balancing the relationships. This has definitely taught me about people management.

 

Best Part: The best part is that I never thought I’d work in sports and there are definitely perks and we get to do cool things. I’ve been able to see a world beyond sports. I love that it is meaningful beyond a rack and a ball.