Energy star: Naples native selected as Monster Energy 'ultimate intern'

Footage of Naples native Laura Golly, center, skydiving, scuba diving and snowboarding won her one of two intern spots with Monster Energy.  One of the scenes from her video, above, shows her being congratulated by fellow skydivers in the sky after she did a backflip out of the plane.

Footage of Naples native Laura Golly, center, skydiving, scuba diving and snowboarding won her one of two intern spots with Monster Energy. One of the scenes from her video, above, shows her being congratulated by fellow skydivers in the sky after she did a backflip out of the plane.

Laura Golly of Naples won a summer internship with a flashy video that shows what she can do in marketing, beginning with herself.

Laura Golly of Naples won a summer internship with a flashy video that shows what she can do in marketing, beginning with herself.

Laura Golly's parents remember their daughter, still a toddler, trying to jump off anything she could find."Put it this way: We made a lot of visits to the ER when she was jumping off of tables before she could almost walk," her mother, Carol Golly, said with a laugh.

Now 21, Laura Golly has maintained that sense of adventure through skydiving, scuba diving and snowboarding — and it has helped her catch the eye of Monster Energy. The Naples native started last week as one of two "ultimate interns" for the energy drink company after being selected from a nationwide search.

"I can't even describe it," Laura Golly said of the experience. "I get the opportunity to really be involved with what's going on in the company, to see how it works inside out."

More than 2,000 people entered the contest, submitting one-minute videos explaining why they should be chosen. Golly's video — turned in the first day entries were accepted — included footage of her skydiving, scuba diving, snowboarding and dancing.

Video from YouTube

"I like to think that my life is one big adventure," Golly says in the video as she jumps out of a plane. "And like any adventure, it's not complete without Monster."

The video, Carol Golly said, adequately captured her daughter's outgoing personality and her passion for adventure.

"Every time I watch it, I laugh and I think, 'That's Laura,' " Carol Golly said.

Laura Golly, a Naples High School graduate, learned to scuba dive at 10 and joined her parents and older brother on diving trips. She danced throughout childhood and joined the dance team at Florida State University, where she's a senior studying advertising. As a freshman in college, she discovered the university's skydiving team, and decided to join it, too.

"I thought, 'She'll do it once or twice and get it out of her system,' " her dad, David Golly said. "Wrong."

Laura Golly is now president of the club and featured skydiving throughout her video for Monster.

Eight finalists selected from the video submissions competed at the company's Corona, Calif., headquarters. After a week of competitions that included creating a new product and presenting it to a Monster executives, skateboard and reality TV star Rob Dydrek chose Golly and 21-year-old Blake Anderson, of Glenmoore, Pa., as winners.

Sam Pontrelli, senior vice president of marketing for Monster Energy, said the company was impressed by all eight finalists.

Laura Golly has been jumping out of things since she was a toddler, and her skydiving prowess, along with the foresight to record it, won her one of two Monster Energy Drink 'ultimate intern' jobs.

Laura Golly has been jumping out of things since she was a toddler, and her skydiving prowess, along with the foresight to record it, won her one of two Monster Energy Drink "ultimate intern" jobs.

"I wish we could have hired them all, but Laura and Blake really nailed the challenges," he said in a statement. "It will be great to have them as part of the Monster crew this summer."

Laura Golly, who started the two-month internship last week, has so far promoted the company by attending the X Games in Los Angeles — where she met soccer star David Beckham and rapper Soulja Boy, among others — and helped with social networking.

The experience has been "really cool, but it's kind of scary, too," she said.

"There's a lot to live up to, to show them that they chose the right people," she said.

Laura Golly called the internship her dream job, and said she's hopeful it'll help her land a job in sports marketing in the future.

"Everyone's really high-energy — work really hard during the day, play really hard at night," she said. "That's what I like to do. I get bored if I sit down for more than 10 minutes."

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