Two UFCJC Students Selected for Lee Elder Immersive Internships at the 2022 U.S. Open Golf Tournament
Two University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications students are the recipients of Lee Elder Internships at the 122nd U.S. Open golf tournament. Sports Media senior Cristina Santiago-Espinet and Advertising junior Manny Rodriguez-Lipido are two of 25 nationwide selected to participate in the one-week student immersive experience at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The internship, a partnership between The Country Club and the U.S. Golf Association, honors the late Lee Elder, the first Black golfer in the Masters Tournament and the first to play on a United States Ryder Cup team. The innovative program is designed to introduce underrepresented youth to the game and its core values, while also showcasing golf’s many career pathways.
Over the course of a week, the students will be exposed to multiple facets of the business of golf and gain firsthand experience and insight from industry leaders. The daily curriculum will cover tournament operations, media, course maintenance and design, sales and marketing, facility operations and management, and other relevant topics. The Country Club and the USGA will cover the program’s costs, including travel expenses and accommodations for all interns.