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Accounting major scores big with Saints internship

August 13, 2010

As the New Orleans Saints march into a new season, they will count Loyola University New Orleans senior Brittany Hoard in that number as part of the team’s accounting department.

Hoard, an accounting major, has landed a prime internship with the Super Bowl champs and spends her days updating sponsorships, suite rentals and spread sheets. While she mainly works in accounting, the internship also allows her to work in other areas.

Hoard, a New Orleans native and longtime Saints supporter, first applied for the coveted internship as a sophomore through EMPLOYOLA, an internet job board designed and monitored by Loyola’s Career Development Center. After three interviews, Hoard received the internship in March, just following the Saints' miracle march to the NFL mountaintop. Joining the Saints’ accounting team right after the Super Bowl was an amazing experience according to Hoard.

“Every day I went to work knowing that I was certain to experience something new and exciting that many will never experience. In the morning, when I came in, seeing the Lombardi trophy reassured me that this was really happening."

As a result of the internship, Hoard would like to find a career within the NFL and is now looking for graduate schools that focus on sports management. She is one of many Loyola students who have received exceptional career placements through the assistance of the CDC. EMPLOYOLA strives to create compatible matches for both students and employers, enabling employers to post job and internship openings and students to create personal profiles and upload their resumes online.

In addition to EMPLOYOLA, the CDC provides numerous other services, programs and events aimed at providing students with the skills and resources needed to find a career. Students can also choose to meet one-on-one with a career coach to discuss majors, internships, graduate schools and future careers.

Hoard attributes her success to both the CDC and her professors at Loyola University. Specifically, Patrick Lynch, assistant professor of accounting, offered great advice according to Hoard.

“He explained to me that in the real world you can’t be intimidated; you have to go after what you want.”

While the internship will last only a year, Hoard explained that it will have a lasting impact.

“There is nothing like working for the Saints. It is unlike other internships,” said Hoard. “It has impacted me amazingly and changed my perspective.”

Loyola students interested in finding internships should visit the Career Development Center and EMPLOYOLA or contact Roberta Kaskel, career development center director, at 504-865-3860 or rekaskel@loyno.edu.

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