Jackson Proving to be an Asset in Sun Belt Conference Partnership with Southern University Law Center
NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference has partnered with Southern University Law Center in providing a unique opportunity for one law student to gain experience in a NCAA Division I conference office setting.
Alonzo Jackson, a juris doctorate candidate at Southern University Law Center, began working as a summer intern in the Sun Belt headquarters in June. Jackson has been an integral part of the compliance efforts of the conference as he has helped manage the
National Letter of Intent (NLI) program and interpret NCAA Bylaws to assist Sun Belt member institutions.
“Working with the Sun Belt Conference has been a great opportunity,” said Jackson. “Being a member of the Sun Belt Conference staff has shown me a side of collegiate athletics that many people have never even thought about or do not strive to be a part of.
I have been fortunate to be the first student from Southern University Law Center to be selected to work at the Sun Belt Conference, which is an honor and privilege within itself. This experience has increased my passion for sports and has given me a greater
appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes. This has truly been a summer to remember.”
Early in 2013, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson and Assistant Commissioner Scott Connors developed the concept of creating a yearly summer internship and chose to use SULC’s pool of future professionals for the program.
“We think this is an excellent opportunity to provide a strong internship program and partner with a local institution of higher learning,” said Benson. “Alonzo has been a great addition to our staff this summer and brings a ‘can do’ attitude to work every
day. It is exciting to have a young and driven intern on staff who is proving that he will be a leader in this field very soon.”
“Looking back at my wonderful time at SULC, I always asked myself if I could change anything, what would it be? The answer was simple; I thought the school needed more internship opportunities for those of us who wanted to work in athletics,” said Connors,
a 2008 graduate of SULC. “There are a lot of students at SULC with a passion to work in athletics and up until now, they haven’t had a program in place to help facilitate that passion. I know our decision to partner with SULC will not only pay off for them
and the Sun Belt Conference, but for NCAA compliance as a whole. These kids are coming in with some real talent and as a result they’re going to open some eyes and shine some light on the great things happening at SULC.”