Vilonia High School student Ben Sturdivant said his job as an equipment manager intern for the Atlanta Falcons requires him putting in some hard work and working long hours for about three weeks. He said he doesn’t receive a paycheck but his experience is priceless. He is one of the “behind the scene guys,” and gets to meet some big name players.
“Just being there, with everyone, is a great experience,” he said. His days begin at about 5 a.m. and may last until about 10 p.m. He helps with setting up for practice. He helps with the setting up of uniforms and equipment for players as well as does laundry.
It is not a “pleasure job” but that it is one that he loves. It may also be a stepping stone, he said, to the career he hopes to have, one day, in sports management. There are other short term benefits as well. He has one of the best seats in the house—sitting on the sidelines. He also gets to hang out with well-known players.
This is his second year to work. He is the youngest of 12 interns, he said. But, he may not be the smallest standing at five ft. 10 inches. He credits his good luck, allowing him to serve, to his uncle, Richard Smith, who is the defensive coordinator for the team.
Ben, an offensive guard, also plays football for the Eagles.