Junior Daniel Hancock Spends Summer Interning in London
July 26, 2018
Summer is often a time when CNR students take advantage of opportunities to gain professional experience through internships and to travel to new places. CNR junior Daniel Hancock got both when he landed an internship in London working with The Human Race to assist with the preparation for the Royal Windsor Triathlon. One of the United Kingdom’s leading organizers of mass participation events, the Human Race hosts more than 30 events each year in triathlon, cycling, running and duathlon. This year, the Royal Windsor Triathlon, which takes place in the Queen’s home town of Windsor, drew 2,500 participants.
Daniel, who is on both the tennis and basketball teams at CNR, first heard about the opportunity for the internship from his assistant men's basketball coach, Sergio Asaro. He learned that he had secured the internship in May, just before the semester ended. "I was in disbelief at first,” he recalls.
Having never traveled outside the United States, Daniel admitted to being a little nervous about traveling alone to a foreign country. But with a lot of encouragement from his family and his CNR advisor, he decided to take advantage of the amazing opportunity.
During his internship, Daniel stayed at the Royal Holloway University, working closely with his fellow interns to get the thousands of participants through registration and to set up the courses. "From the first day of my internship, I was impressed with how professional but casual everyone was. I loved the tasks given to me. Before the race, I was in charge of making sure the swimmers had a safe area to get out of the river and start their bike race; during the race I was in charge of taking the timers off the racers after they finished."
Though very busy with his internship while in London, Daniel did take some time to explore the city during his free time. "I did a lot of tourist stuff. Some of my favorite things were riding the London Eye, going to the horse races, seeing the Queen, and watching the English soccer games." Daniel did miss spending time with family this summer, but ultimately, he says, it was one of the best experiences he has ever had and definitely worth it. Daniel is now looking forward to returning to CNR this fall when he will be the athletic communications Intern for the CNR Athletics Department.