Press Release

CFP Welcomes 2017-18 Internship Class

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) welcomes the members of its 2017-18 internship class today, CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said.

Selected this spring after a multi-round interview process, the six recent college graduates work directly with full-time staff members at the CFP’s headquarters in Irving, Texas. An integral part of staging the national championship game and laying the groundwork for games in subsequent years, the 10-month program runs through May 2018.

“The interns will play a significant role in the CFP operations,” Hancock said. “Each one has great potential. We look forward to working with them, and to helping them gain the knowledge and skills that will start them on the path toward successful careers.”

Areas of focus include communications (Tom Mickle Internship, honoring the late Atlantic Coast Conference assistant commissioner, who was instrumental in creating the Bowl Championship Series), community relations, hospitality and fan services, marketing and strategic partnerships, stadium and game operations, and team operations.

Participants in the 2017-18 program are the following:

Willi Anderson (Tom Mickle Communications Intern) – Anderson graduated from the University of Houston in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Following graduation, she served as the Ted Nance Communications Assistant for Houston Athletics. In addition to working in the athletics department in college, she was also a resident advisor.

Riley Hart (Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Intern) – Hart graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in sport management. Since graduating, he has been working for the Colonnade Group on the UGA campus. As a student, he worked as a sales associate for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He also volunteered for the Peach Bowl in 2014.

Morgan Jones (Hospitality and Fan Services Intern) – Jones received a bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of Tampa in 2016, where she was an all-conference swimmer for the Tampa Spartans. After graduation, she interned for the Charlotte Sports Foundation and worked in ticketing for the Carolina Panthers.

Jasmyn Le-Compte (Community Relations Intern) – Le-Compte graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015. She received her master’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2016. Following graduation, she worked for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She has also worked for USA Football, and volunteered at the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa, Florida.

Tiye-Saran Mutazz (Team Operations Intern) – Mutazz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Penn State in May of 2014. During her time at Penn State, she ran track for the Nittany Lions, and was a recruiting intern for the football team. In 2016, she received her master’s degree from Georgia State University, where she worked in recruiting and football operations, as well as academic and life skills services.

Erick Newman II (Game and Stadium Operations Intern) – Newman holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Bemidji State, where he was a football student-athlete. Before receiving a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Oklahoma in 2017, he worked in various capacities for the Chicago Cubs for five seasons.

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