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An Unforgettable Internship: Up-Close with the 2013 National Champion Miami Heat

June 26, 2013
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   Jeffrey Chan
Jeffrey Chan, pictured with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

Few internships provide the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience plus the chance to meet the players behind the back-to-back national basketball championships. But that’s exactly what business senior Jeffrey Chan experienced over the past year.

Chan served as an Internet services intern during the pre-season and regular season, and helped manage the team’s website, Heat.com. Chan’s work involved chatting live with fans from all over the world on the website’s “CoverItLive” section, keeping fans up to date with the latest stats and top team news.

While the internship provided Chan with valuable experience in customer relations and publicity, it came with an added bonus few business school interns can boast about. 

“I got to meet LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Andersen,” said Chan. “I was shocked, I couldn’t picture in my mind getting to meet these players.”

Chan’s internship lasted through the playoffs and up until the team earned its third NBA championship title on June 20. After finishing his last chat for that winning night was able to get his picture taken with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

“My coworker and I went downstairs and celebrated with the team in the locker room, they were spraying champagne everywhere,” said Chan. “This internship was an opportunity that I’ll never forget.” 

The following Monday, Chan joined the Heat and nearly 400,000 fans in celebrating the team’s back-to-back championship in a parade along the streets of downtown Miami, followed by a rally at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Related: The Heat’s executive vice president, Kim Stone, is an alumnus of the School of Business. Find out how she led the effort to help fans celebrate the Heat’s 2012 victory in the fall issue of BusinessMiami. READ MORE

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