University of Saint Mary senior basketball player JEB Greenberg spent this past summer in Portland, Maine completing an internship with the NBA Developmental League’s Maine Red Claws. The Leavenworth native averaged 12 points, six rebounds and two assists per game last season.
How did you hear about the internship and what was the process you had to go through to be accepted?
Honestly, I was just bored one night over winter break this past year so I started researching internship opportunities on the Internet. To graduate with a sports management degree from the University of Saint Mary, you have to successfully complete an internship so finding an internship had been in the back of my mind for a while.
Not many summer internships were listed since it was December/January, but I discovered that the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League were actively looking for summer interns. I had to send them a packet containing my resume, cover letter, references, etc.
About a month later, I received a phone call from the team asking if I was still interested in the internship and wanting to schedule a phone interview. The rest from there is history. I worked with the Red Claws from May 21 to July 31. The team is located and I stayed in Portland, Maine.
What did you do for the Red Claws? What was the coolest moment you experienced?
What was neat about working with the Red Claws is that they let you do a lot of different things to see what you liked and disliked, and to fully prepare you for when you are out in the real world looking for a professional job.
With the Red Claws I worked the receptionist desk, worked in the team store, worked the youth basketball camp, designed ads to display on the store windows, made PowerPoint’s highlighting the features fans could experience at home games, researched what other D-League teams are doing different than us from a marketing standpoint, and researched potential players from free agent camp that our personnel director couldn’t attend.
I was even Crusher the mascot a couple times.
The coolest moment I experienced was probably playing pick-up basketball with a couple players from the team. They’re working so hard to make the NBA and they’re just tremendously good.
What did you take away from the internship?
I took away from the internship that if you have the drive and the ambition that you can make it in the world of professional basketball. If you give yourself the opportunity to be successful than any dream or goal is possible.
The most difficult part of the internship was leaving my friends and family and living on my own for the summer. Being from Leavenworth and then attending USM has afforded me the luxury of never really having to move away from home.
Page 2 of 2 - Living that far away from home and by myself was very difficult at first, but over time I got used to it and then began enjoying it.
The best part of the internship was attaining real world experience working for a professional basketball franchise. That and meeting all of the great people I met in Maine.
How was Maine? Go anywhere interesting while you were out there?
Maine was awesome. The atmosphere and vibe in Portland, Maine is very different from here though. All of the people there talked with a stereotypical Boston accent, but they all do it so I was the one with the different accent.
While I was there I went to the International Museum of Cryptozoology (unknown creatures like Bigfoot for example) and the beach, which is a luxury not afforded easily here in the Midwest.
What are you plans post graduation? Do you want to get back involved with the NBA or do you have other goals?
My plans post graduation are undecided at this point. I’m leaning towards graduate school if I’m accepted to the right one.
I definitely want to get back involved with the NBA if provided the opportunity. It was a great learning experience working for the Red Claws.