Inside our UK summer internship programme

As a key pillar within our Grassroots programme, our Internships offer a true insight to life at CSM. Over the course of a few months, our Interns are fully immersed into the business, as they take on client accounts, look after events and oversee digital marketing and operations.

With the summer drawing to a close, we caught up with our latest cohort of Grassroots interns to reflect on their experience of working at CSM.

Ben Mitchell

Why did you want to do an internship with CSM? I did some work experience here. From there, I fell in love with the industry. When I found out about the internship, it looked like the perfect opportunity.

What was your favourite project to work on? LV= and the Ashes! Being a massive cricket fan helped, but everyone was so welcoming. I managed to get involved with the activation throughout the whole process and was given a lot of responsibility.

What have been some of your stand out moments? To have experiences that I didn’t think possible. I especially loved going back to the Grassroots and doing coaching sessions in the community with LV=.  Feeling like you’re giving back and not just doing top-level activation was a stand out.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to apply? I’d suggest having a conversation with someone in the industry. Use LinkedIn to your advantage, someone will want to give you advice and you learn so much. If you are successful, be as proactive as you can. People have so many cool experiences to learn from.

Anna Gallo

Why did you want to do an internship here? I’ve wanted to work in the world of sports since I was young and I realised that an agency was the best place to get a varied experience. CSM is known as one of the best agencies for sports so it was a no-brainer.

Your internship was within the Corporate Hospitality team, how was it? I worked with the Operations team within Corporate Hospitality. I’ve always been quite operational and organised, so the role looked great.

Can you dig a little deeper into what you were working on? Sure! My main focus was Wimbledon, Cricket and MLB. I didn’t know that much about these sports beforehand so I was super keen to see a ‘behind the scenes’ run of show and I learnt so much!

What was your favourite thing to work on? My absolute favourite was Wimbledon! I was working on the operations and ticketing but I also got to see the event in action which I’ve never seen before. It was so fulfilling when guests would thank us for our help.

George Burford

Why did you want to do an internship here? CSM is a company I have heard a lot about, right back to when I was first introduced to the world of sports partnerships at uni. So, when the internship arose, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

What have been some of your stand out moments? I’m a huge football fan, so doing the Community Shield branding at Wembley Stadium was amazing!.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying next year? I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in sports marketing or events. Seeing exactly what goes on behind the scenes has been a huge takeaway for me.

You moved between different teams almost every week, how did you find this? I got to work with a great range of people and it was interesting to see their working styles. Each account is different, meaning I got to bring a lot of the skills and techniques from one team to the other.

(George is pictured bottom right).

Ben Spillman

Why did you want to do an internship within the Digital and Data team? I did some work experience with the team last summer and absolutely loved it. In the Spring I finished my A levels and was really keen to learn more about this world, so I had a chat with the team and found the application for the internship.

What has been your favourite project to work on? This is a tough one, but I’d have to say working on the MSC Cruises account. I built out a competition and email campaign – which was super cool as it was the first one I got to see end to end.

What are some of your stand out moments? I’d say the two away days with the Digital & Data team that I got to attend, including one at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It was great to network and I learnt a lot.

What would you say to someone considering applying? Do it! I genuinely can’t emphasise enough how much I have learnt over such a short period of time.

(Ben is pictured furthest right).

Ben Mitchell
Anna Gallo
George Burford