Elon University / Today in Elon / Reagan Palombo’s ‘laser focus’ leads her to LA Rams and Super Bowl LVI

Elon University / Today in Elon / Reagan Palombo's 'laser focus' leads her to LA Rams and Super Bowl LVI

The sports management major, who recently completed an internship with the Super Bowl-winning Rams, credits faculty and staff at the School of Communications for empowering her to achieve her professional goals.

As blue and yellow confetti fell at the end of Super Bowl LVI, covering the turf at SoFi Stadium, members of the Los Angeles Rams gathered to celebrate their championship. Among those enjoying the moment was Reagan Palombo ’24. But the sports management major and communications executive wasn’t in Los Angeles as a fan, she was on the clock.

Palombo, a longtime Rams fan, enjoyed meeting former quarterback Kurt Warner before the NFL playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals in January.

As part of the Elon program in Los Angeles, the Greensboro native landed an internship with the Rams – the NFL champions – for the fall 2021 semester. It was an incredible opportunity for someone who wanted to work in professional football from an early age.

According to Palombo, she has been a Rams fan for as long as she can remember. “My dad grew up as a Rams fan, so naturally my siblings and I did too. Football Sundays were holidays at my house,” she said.

Indoctrinated into football from an early age, Palombo eventually started working for her high school’s varsity football team, helping coaches, taking pictures and managing the program’s social media accounts. After arriving at Elon’s campus, Palumbo continued to work in football, serving as an operations intern for Elon’s football program. Eventually, his continued desire to work in football – and Elon’s support – landed him a role with the Rams.

As part of his internship, Palombo often got a close-up view of the action — like that Rams home game in September.

While in Los Angeles, Palombo performed a variety of duties during her semester-long internship, attending staff marketing meetings, contributing to community events, and hosting soccer camps. She enjoyed the hands-on experience, especially on Sundays.

“Game days were by far the most fun for me,” Palombo said. “I had tasks before and after the game, but I didn’t really have a specific role in the game. It was good because I could sit on the sidelines or choose another place in the stadium to watch It was definitely a “it’s what you make of it” type of camp.

Looking back, Palombo said she chose Elon because she felt the school could better make her aspirations a reality.

“Hearing about Elon’s program in LA during my Fellowship interview was what ultimately sold me here,” she said. “I said I was going to go to Los Angeles and work for the Rams. Of course, it wasn’t as easy as saying it, but everything went well.

Palombo thanks the faculty and staff at Elon for their endless support in helping students achieve their goals. She singled out Associate Dean of the School of Communications Tony Weaver for helping her celebrate the Rams’ Super Bowl victory up close.

“Dr. Weaver was the first person I met when I came to Elon and hasn’t left me since,” she said. “A long time ago he was the one who convinced me to come here, and my dreams of this place have been nothing less than my expectations. Not only did he connect me with the right people , but he guided me every step of the way.

Palombo captured this image as the Rams received the NFL Championship trophy at the end of Super Bowl LVI.

Weaver described Palombo as “laser-focused” when it came to achieving his goal of working in the NFL, and he said he’s thrilled Elon was able to help him get there. “We have a great program in Los Angeles, led by J McMerty and supported by local alumni and parents who are ready and willing to help students secure relevant internships. Reagan used all of these resources to help create the perfect Super Bowl-capped study experience,” Weaver said.

While Palombo’s ideal internship would have included working on the football operations side of the franchise, she said she made the most of her opportunity to contribute to the marketing department.

“I didn’t get into football, but I reached out to coaches, football operations and player affairs people to really improve my experience,” she said. “I watched so many movies by myself that I would be ready for the time I had to speak with the coaches. I’ve had meetings, phone calls and zooms with these people and made some amazing relationships. They are the best in the game and it was amazing to learn from them.

Not only was the experience beneficial to Palombo’s career development and education, but she said her internship was also very personal.

“The feeling of winning a Super Bowl can’t be matched, I mean that’s the goal we all have when we get into football. And to do that with the team I grew up on as die-hard fan, I can’t even express how it made me feel,” Palombo said. “I’m not going to lie, the after party must have been the most fun part of the day. Celebrating myself, and also watching the players and the whole organization celebrate what we just did, was so much fun.