On Thursday, October 15, D.C. United and Southern New Hampshire University hosted their third annual career shadowing program titled Rompe Las Barreras. SNHU created this program to allow High School Juniors and Seniors to get a sneak peek of what it's like to work in the real world within a variety of jobs from a soccer lens and what their day to day life is like working in sports.
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month this years’ experience was hosted virtually with local high school students and faculty from Annandale High School and Columbia Heights Educational Campus. Students were nominated by their administrators based on their educational pursuits as well as their attitudes in and outside of the classroom.
Members of the D.C. United front office from Ticket Sales, Partnerships, Events & Community Relations as well as our on-air talent, Claudia Pagán shared their experiences and advice for students. SNHU graduate and D.C. United Goalkeeper Chris Seitz also surprised the students to share his experience being both a student and a professional athlete.
"It's definitely not been a regular path to get into the sports industry. There have been transferable skills along the way, from what I've studied to where I've worked, and I used them on a day-to-day basis now in my current role."
A representative from Annandale high school expressed her gratitude, “it’s a once in a lifetime experience for the students and they are always so grateful, too!”