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posted 11.06.2013 at 12.05 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

STX Intern Finalists Were Up for Final Challenge

Above: UMBC senior Matthew Gregoire, left, and McDaniel College senior Kate Goldstein are named the winners of STX's intern competition by emcee Carrie Lingo. Below: Goldstein and the McDaniel mascot.
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STX sure knows how to pick its interns.

McDaniel College senior Kate Goldstein and UMBC senior Matthew Gregoire were selected from a finalist field of five to work with the STX marketing department for the spring 2014 semester at what the sporting goods company named the "Final Showdown" on Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Baltimore.

The finalists — Goldstein and Gregoire (who are both members of their respective college lacrosse teams), University of Baltimore senior Andrew Fossett, and Towson seniors Macalla Curtis and Clay Collins — went through a series of competitions and the night concluded with an on-stage Q&A and naming of the winners. The McDaniel Green Terror mascot (those teeth are scary!) even made an appearance, brought along by Goldstein.

I had the privilege to serve as one of the judges alongside Inside Lacrosse's John Jiloty, Team STX women's elite members and former Florida standouts Kitty Cullen and Sam Farrell, and STX golf marketing manager Jason Dengler. The whole night was emceed by 2008 Olympian and former U.S. women's national field hockey player Carrie Lingo.

The five finalists had been through quite a process to get to Tuesday night. Applicants were required to submit a video under 60 seconds explaining why they wanted to work at STX, the Baltimore-based company that focuses on lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey and golf.

Once picked from an applicant field of students representing Towson, Loyola, Stevenson, UMBC, Maryland, McDaniel and the University of Baltimore, they competed in the STXtreme Internship Showdown from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. That included a weekend-long marketing challenge, where each was tasked with using their creativity and social networking skills, and creating a video.

Then came Tuesday night. First, each was given two minutes to use social media to promote their presence at the event. Points were awarded to those that got that most re-tweets and favorites. Round Two asked the finalists to carry lacrosse balls representing STX-college programs into a bucket in a relay race-style competition. Round Three was a trivia round, and Round Four asked them to match the faces of STX athletes to their names.

The Q&A that ended the competition was probably the most difficult. Lingo asked each of the finalists two questions, one fun and one serious, and they were asked to come up with answers on the spot in front of a crowd of family, friends, teammates, STX employees, we the judges and random strangers who were eating dinner or having drinks at the Hard Rock.

In the end, all showed a desire to want the internship and went through a heck of a lot more than I ever did gaining my first one. To work at Tennis Magazine after my sophomore year of college, it was more traditional: a resume, some writing samples, a phone interview and calling around to your references (Many thanks still to those guys). My goal was also journalism. STX's marketing focused challenge for this group was creative and perfectly appropriate for today's times.

Search for #STXintern on Twitter to see more from the challenge.