Steinbrenner grad enjoys Super Bowl as Patriots intern
Shannen Moen will be on the Patriots sideline today for Super Bowl LI. A rookie, she graduated in May from Alabama.
Alabama and Nick Saban. Now the Patriots and Bill Belichick.
"How I managed to go from the best team in college to the best team in the NFL…I think it’s luck," Moen said.
And a lot of hard work. Moen, who lives in Lutz and went to Steinbrenner High School, is a social media intern for the Patriots. The internship was supposed to be for the season. But this is the Patriots, and the season often ends in the Super Bowl.
"But I work tons of hours," said Moen, 23. "Minimum wage. But it’s a once in a lifetime experience."
Four years ago, when she arrived at Alabama, Moen didn’t know anything about football. She was a lifelong competitive dancer at Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa. She interned with CBS News for their Saturday morning show in New York.
When Moen got to Alabama, she discovered Roll Tide and national championships are part of the fabric of the school. So Moen began working Southeastern Conference football games for CBS Sports. Players such as T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake taught her more about the sport.
"I had the most traditional four-year college experience," Moen said. "Joined a sorority. I had the greatest time. Then I was really focused on news and when I did CBS Sports I completely fell in love with football."
While working for CBS, Moen met Stacey James, the Patriots vice president of communications. At Alabama, she studied telecommunications and film with a minor in communication studies focusing on electronic news. She thought TV news was in her future. Then last summer, James contacted her about the internship with New England and she got it.
"The players are super sweet," Moen said before a Patriots media session this week. "All of them are. With social media, they’re not contracted to do anything. You need to build a relationship with them. They all know me by my first name and they’re all willing to help me."
Today, Moen will be snapchatting for the Patriots from the sideline.
"Everybody is so pumped," she said.