Sept. 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior women's golfer Audrey Dalton (Portland, Ore./St. Mary) is back on the Hilltop after spending her summer near her hometown in Oregon, completing an internship with Nike. She was selected as one of the summer interns comprised of Division I student-athletes to work at Nike headquarters, and was joined by senior men's soccer player Tommy Muller and men's basketball manager Chris Harvey.
During the course of the summer, Dalton provided updates on her experience at Nike, where she worked in the U.S. Kids Merchandising Department. She provided this update as she returned to campus last week for the start of classes.
"My Nike Internship has come to a close. This summer I worked in U.S. Kids Merchandising. My role was being a team player, helping out my team whenever I could and attending meetings with them so I could understand how their category works. Aside from that, I did a footwear market share analysis for the past spring about where Nike is and where our competitors are that tied into our requests for category kick-off. Additionally, every intern does a cross-functional project with interns in other departments. Mine was on Amplify Running, and we presented this past week.
"On my last day, I spent the morning hanging the new boys and girls apparel samples that had come in. It's always exciting to see how the apparel looks in person after spending such a long time working with images on the computer. Then I went to the Intern Goodbye Luncheon, where we watched the Top 3 cross-functional project presentations. Phil Knight was a special guest at the Goodbye Luncheon and there was a Q&A opportunity with him at the end. Although my team did not make it into the Top 3, it was really interesting to see the different ways my fellow interns created business solutions. After the Luncheon, I helped my Merchandising team pick out clothes for models to wear at our Go to Market presentation next week to showcase all the neat new clothes we have for boys and girls. Then, it was time for me to pack up my desk and say goodbye.
"Overall, it was a great experience and I learned a lot more than I expected going into it. I feel like I understand Nike on a completely new level than I did before. My Powerpoint skills have shot through the roof, since every presentation at Nike is accompanied by a visually compelling Powerpoint and an incredibly inspiring video to pump you up. I will miss campus and its atmosphere, as well as the sample sales and hearing elite athletes talk but most of all I will miss the people. I got to know some great people here this summer, both Nike employees and other interns. Here is a picture of all the Georgetown Interns decked out in our Nike Olympic gear. Christopher Harvey, Tommy Muller, and I are standing in the museum in Prefontaine Hall. The significance of our setting is that back when Nike was Blue Ribbon Sports, Phil Knight used to sell shoes out of the trunk of his car."
Dalton posted an 83.20 stroke average last year, which ranked sixth on the team, and appeared in all of the team's spring tournaments, trying for 40th place at the BIG EAST Championship.
The Hoyas open the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Sept. 9, competing in the Golfweek Preview, a showcase event in Pawleys Island, S.C. The three-day, 54-hole tournament runs through Tuesday, Sept. 11 and features 12 teams.