By: Caitlin Powers
During the 2013 NFL Season, the Baltimore Ravens utilized the skillsets of many great team members on their way to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. One of those team members was ALEC graduate student Lindsey Smith.
Smith, a Maryland native, is a corporate sales and suite intern for the Ravens while working on a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.
“Growing up I have always been a big Baltimore Ravens fan,” She said.
In fact, her love for sports and competition led her to Texas A&M.
Smith came to Texas on a NCAA scholarship to be on Texas A&M’s equestrian team, where she was captain for two years. She received her bachelor’s degree in sports management in May, 2011.
Her natural connections with being an athlete and a team member led her to working with the Ravens. “Being a student athlete, I love sports and the team atmosphere,” She said.
Smith had a contact with Ravens who told her about the position. During her interview, Smith said she really showed her passion for the Ravens and how the team brings together the people of Baltimore.
“I have seen what the team has done for the city of Baltimore and how it has brought together people from all walks of life, from all over the city,” Smith said.
As a corporate sales and suites intern, Smith’s responsibilities range from managing suite holder accounts to customer service for the suite holders.
“It is your job to make it appear as if everything happens smoothly even if it was not smooth,” Smith said.
On a daily basis, Smith’s work might include suite holder hospitality tasks, reviewing proposals and business deals between suite owners and the Ravens, and organizing marketing events and corporate parties.
“It is a giant family, everyone is so nice and supportive,” Smith said about the Raven’s workplace. “It is neat when you have people who work so hard and care so much about something in your daily job.”
Smith said her supervisors challenge her with a task and then let her run with it. She said she has been able to contribute the improvement of the organizations by constantly asking questions, which is something she learned from her ALEC graduate courses. When asked what skill she has taken from her degree that she uses the most, she replied: “To always be thinking of ways to make something better and to keep on asking questions.”
Smith said her passion for agriculture and her 4-H background contributed to her coming to the ALEC department to earn her masters. She is currently working on her thesis about student perceptions of food and the influences on student perceptions.
“If you can talk about agriculture and have someone understand it, you can talk about anything,” Smith said.
Attending Texas A&M, was key to Smith’s success and the person she has become. “I attribute so much of who I am to A&M,” Smith said.
“You learn to be confident to go up to anyone, introduce yourself and ask them for what you want,” Smith said.
Smith has carried her Maryland roots and Aggie spirit to where she is today, and her devotion to both has served her well. And she was able to find at least one similarity between Texas A&M students and the Ravens’ fan base.
“In Aggieland we bleed maroon and in Baltimore we bleed purple.”