This is a little public service announcement for the college kids out there who love Motorsports and want to find a way working with various series. At the Red Bull GRC of Atlantic City I learned that the series does rely on Interns for various tasks, and will fly your ass around the country following events with little to no expense to you. And while you may not earn any money for this “summer job” the experience in my view is priceless. I sure as shit wish that instead of the lame bank internship I did in my university days, I had looked into something as exciting as GRC clearly is!
I may be stating the obvious, but before “volunteering” this event I had no idea that something like this actually happens. I figured that at most Interns for NASCAR have to be local to Daytona Beach or Charlotte and get to do coffee runs for real NASCAR employees instead of flying around the country to events, setting up displays, working the media rides, info booths, etc.
But this is real!
Ironically the only reason I learned about this opportunity is because I showed up a day early to work the event as a flagger. They paid us for our duties and besides guest passes there wasn’t much in a way of swag to be had. I wanted a neat little shirt and hat that all the real “volunteers” got, so I said the magic word to the person in charge…. “Hey, do you need help? I’m happy to volunteer Friday.” And of course he needed help, I got a chance to earn my keepsake, the shirt and hat you can see me wearing in most of the pictures promoting the shit out of the series, as a direct result.
While helping out as a volunteer I met a West Coast chick who got involved with the company through an internship, and boy was I jealous of her. While I’m looking for a job, people helping with my resume advise against adding all of my volunteering on my CV because it won’t help me. While her internship will open doors with whatever events management job she wishes to pursue in the future.
Life is unfair!
An internship with GRC isn’t just providing cheap labor to help set up tents, which we obviously did, but it definitely teaches you the ins and outs of putting on a major entertainment event. And the AC GRC event was a great venue to learn.
How I wish someone advised me to pursue something like this about ten years ago. But I’m grateful I got to earn a shirt and hat I’ll probably never wear again, and learn a bunch of info that only made me jealous. Maybe one day I’ll land a cool job like this. One day… a paid job that is.