Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Programme Co-ordinator, Play Rugby USA, San Francisco
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Management

Applying for the AUT Internz Scholarship was an easy decision, says Matt Clark who is interning with Play Rugby USA in San Francisco.

“I love challenges, experiences, travel and sports. This internship has all four, which was more than enough for me to find out more. Upon looking further into it, I discovered so many things about the internship that resonated with me.

“At the moment, I spend half of my week coaching at different schools in a vast array of places. The other half I spend in the office, planning potential moves our office can make to continue to grow. The fun thing is being able to plan out something, then help it come to life yourself – that’s extremely rewarding.”

A love of sport
As someone who has always been passionate about sport, Matt says AUT’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation was the obvious choice for him.

“I’ve spent my whole life in sport – I watch, play, umpire and coach sport. When it was time to decide what to study at university, I knew that I wanted to work in the sports industry, so that I was excited about waking up and going to work.”

It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.

“The highlight of my time at AUT was the large array of practical experiences I gained. I found myself in so many different real-life situations where I met so many people inside and outside my industry, as well as gaining experience before entering the workforce.”

Advice for other students
Do everything you can, Matt advises other students.

“The university journey will be over before you know it, so use the time wisely. Opportunities that arise may not come again, so take them with both hands. Do whatever you can to make yourself the most well-rounded graduate you can be.”

It’s the focus on opportunities outside the classroom that sets AUT apart from other universities, he says.

“At AUT it’s all about the experiences and connections you make. Both of these allow graduates to feel confident enough to pursue their dreams, knowing that someone they’ve met has their back.”