Kines students interning at Russia World Cup

Riley Nelson World Cup Russia

Four Kinesiology students will travel to Russia next week to gain career experience at the biggest sporting event on the planet -- working at the World Cup. It will be the first time that U-M students will officially work as interns at a World Cup.

Together with 15,000 other volunteers from all over the world, the U-M students will work in different aspects of the international sport industry, across 54 matches played in 12 stadiums in 11 host cities in Russia.

“This most unique and intense experience will provide them a better perspective on how sports work on a global scale,” said Ryan Olthoff, internship coordinator for the sport management program at the School of Kinesiology. “It would be difficult to find another opportunity where our students would be surrounded by a more diverse group of people, all working together.”

The students going to Russia are Sport Management majors Marcus Cook, Yuliya Ivanova, Riley Nelson, and Polina Shchennikova.