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ASPSA Intern Alumni Series – Adam Hubbard (’10-’11)

Adam Hubbard, eligibility coordinator, returned to NC State in October 2016, having previously served as an assistant academic coordinator with ASPSA in 2010-2011.  He currently oversees the continuing eligibility and admissions for incoming student-athletes.  Prior to returning to ASPSA, Adam served as the assistant director of compliance for eligibility at Florida International University from 2015-2016. From 2011-2015, he worked as an academic advisor at the University of Central Florida, with the football, men’s soccer, men’s golf, and rowing programs.  He is a graduate of UNC Greensboro with his bachelor’s in commercial recreation, and of the University of Tennessee with his master’s in sport management.  Adam is a native of Asheville, NC and currently resides in Cary with his wife Anne.

What was one valuable thing you learned at this internship that you took to your next institution?

The most valuable thing I learned during this internship that I took to UCF was to always be prepared for the unexpected. It’s important to know that no day will ever be the same. Something different will always come up and you need to be prepared for that.

What advice would you give to future interns?

  1. Come in with an open mind. During your time here you will see a lot of different ways to do things. Be willing to try different ways of doing things so that you can find what works best for you.
  2. Be prepared to work hard. Sleep a little bit, but not a lot. Have fun during the process because this is a fun place to work.

Talk about your job search process as you were completing the internship?

I had a spreadsheet that I put all the jobs I had applied for and important dates including the dates I applied, dates of phone and campus interviews. It was very helpful because I had all that information in one place. I applied to 25 or 30 different jobs throughout my job search and ended up with three campus interviews. I had a fourth campus interview scheduled when I accepted the job at UCF. It was definitely a stressful process, so be prepared for it. All four of us in my intern class got jobs in the field that we enjoyed, so it worked out for everybody.

What advice would you give for the job search?

Be organized with your search. Know what you have done to prepare and be realistic with yourself. If there are places you don’t want to live or work, don’t apply to those positions. Make sure it’s a good fit for you. If you’re undecided or want more information, go ahead and apply. You can use the practice for phone interviews. You will get better each time, so the more you can do the better. Don’t beat yourself up too much.

This internship is definitely a great opportunity that I never regretted. If you’re lucky enough to get this opportunity, take it! It’s well worth the time and effort.


Interview conducted by Alyssa Ishibashi

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