Forward Progress is proud to have a unique internship program that allows for outstanding educational and hands on experience within the field of intercollegiate athletics. Interns are provided a flexible work schedule with ample opportunities to network and enhance industry related skills. Our interns are an integral part of our team and are trusted with important responsibilities that range from Marketing and Communications, to Leadership Development, to Academic and Compliance work.
Michelle recently began her career in intercollegiate athletics advocating for student-athletes through her work in NCAA Compliance. Batty entered the intercollegiate athletics administration field as an Assistant Director of Compliance at Northern Illinois University (NIU) after serving as a Graduate Assistant and Intern for Compliance at NIU. In her current role, she monitors all aspects of the NCAA manual, in addition to preparing educational documents for coaches, student-athletes, and athletics personnel. Batty assists in the day-to-day operations of the Huskie Athletic Compliance Office, while also serving as the primary liaison to the Admissions Office, Office of Registration & Records, and the NCAA Eligibility Center. Batty holds a strong interest in Bylaw 14 and oversees initial, continuing, and transfer eligibility for NIU’s 17 sports programs. She also manages the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data for all sports.
Batty received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Studies from Benedictine University where she was also a student-athlete on the women’s basketball team. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Adult and Higher Education and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Sport Management from NIU and is very excited to be graduating in May 2018.
Bo Grant joined the Forward Progress Athletic Consulting team in January 2018. As an intern, his focus is centered around both Marketing and Business Development aspects of the company. Bo is currently finishing his last semester of graduate school before earning his Masters in Marketing in May 2018 at the University of Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration, also from Alabama, in May 2017.
Bo has a great amount of experience with collegiate athletics. Bo previously was a member of the University of Alabama football program for five seasons. As a student-athlete, Bo won two National Championships, three SEC Championships and also was selected twice as the recipient of the Bear Bryant Outstanding Player Award.
Leveraging his education and experience as a successful student-athlete, he hopes to help others achieve their full potential both on and off the field of play.
Emma will graduate from the University of Alabama in December 2018, where she will have been a soccer student-athlete for all four years. As an honors student-athlete, Emma will receive an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a specialized master’s degree in Marketing simultaneously.
Emma was named to the SEC All Freshman team in 2015. She was named Second Team All-SEC in 2017, and was a part of an Alabama team who went to the NCAA Tournament in that same season. Additionally, Emma was honored by COSIDA as a 2017 Academic All-American.
Emma is looking forward to her future career opportunities managing the marketing partnerships between businesses and corporate sponsors.
Intern Program Alumni
Brooke Dodson is in her last semester at Kent State University, where she was a 4 year softball student-athlete. She is working towards a degree in Sports Administration with a minor in Business.
During Brooke’s athletic career, she was apart of two Mid-American Conference Softball Regular Season Championships and one Mid-American Conference Softball Tournament Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Her team has been ranked as high as 7th nationally for team GPA in her career and has been one of the best on the Kent State campus for the past 4 years.
Brooke is a head coach for a travel softball team in Chicago. She will also be interning with Athlete Network this fall.
Lexi Roach is a senior softball student-athlete at Youngstown State University located in Northeastern Ohio. She is currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management, and hopes to attend graduate school for Sports Administration. Lexi has been on the Dean’s List every semester of her collegiate career, as well as received the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athlete honor.
Along with being a student-athlete, she holds an internship in the YSU Athletics Department under one of their Assistant Athletic Directors helping to plan student-athlete affairs programs, develop wellness plans as well as assist with NCAA Compliance work. She also holds the position of President for both the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at YSU.
Emma Such is currently in her last semester at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Metro State) where she is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Sport Industry Operations with a minor in Marketing.
During her time at Metro State, Emma has had the opportunity to work for various professional sports teams in the Denver-Metro area. Currently, she is a part of the game day staff for the Colorado Rapids (MLS). Emma is currently working for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a marketing and diversity intern, where she is responsible for all social media outreach to current and potential clients. Emma previously worked for Bonneville International, where she placed thousands of orders for sales representatives and national organizations.
Alyssa Svalberg is a women’s volleyball student-athlete at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Metro) where she is seeking a degree in Sport Management with a minor in Marketing. In her Junior year. Alyssa boasts making the Metro State Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every Semester thus far, as well as the RMAC Academic Honor Roll the past two years. This past fall, Alyssa helped her team reach the NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Sweet Sixteen.
In addition to maintaining a full course load, Alyssa is in her fifth year working for Target, where she manages customer service issues and guest experience.