Summer Roberson '17 Participates in U.S. Olympic Committee's F.L.A.M.E. Program

Summer Roberson '17 Participates in U.S. Olympic Committee's F.L.A.M.E. Program

Summer Roberson

Summer Roberson ’17 spent eight days this summer in Colorado Springs, CO, participating in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (F.L.A.M.E.) program. F.L.A.M.E. is committed to providing diverse college and graduate students with an inside look of the sports workplace. Roberson is the fifth Rice University Sport Management student to have attended this program.

Roberson spent the 8 days living in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Training Center where she engaged in workshops on various topics such as networking, resume building, writing cover letters, inclusion in the workplace, barriers for women and LGBTQ in sports, and sports media.

“Throughout this program I learned so much information and gained many new skills, but the most rewarding part of the program are the people I met,” said Roberson. “The most beneficial thing I learned from my time at the USOC was to make meaningful connections.”

Roberson has previously interned with the Houston Rockets, Houston Methodist and Thompson & Tredennick. Through her internship experiences, Roberson has learned about initiative.

“While in Colorado, I saw first-hand that benefits of taking the initiative on any project or task,” said Roberson. “I’ve learned to never wait around to be told what to do but instead to be proactive.”

Roberson is currently spending her fall of 2015 semester in Washington, D.C. attending American University and interning with the Washington Semester Program. She will spend spring of 2016 abroad and return to Rice in the fall of 2016.

Lauren Hughes, a senior from Ottawa, Canada, is double-majoring in Sport Management and Sociology.