BY: NICK BAKER
Where are you interning/did you intern?
I interned at the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team in Wilmington, DE.
What are/were your responsibilities as an intern?
I was responsible for a handful of ballpark duties. I sold various promotions around the park during games, I took part in mascot duties, I distributed Blue Rocks promotional items to fans and local businesses, I set up in-game activities for fans.
Describe a typical day at your internship.
At a typical game, I’d show up two hours before first pitch and meet with the other interns and our supervisors about the day’s game. We would go over any promotions for the game and assign jobs. After the jobs were assigned I would go up to the gates and hand out programs/giveaways to fans entering the stadium. Then I’d quickly eat and go to my job site and do whatever task I was assigned, ranging from standing in the tunnel under the stadium setting up in-game activities to walking through the stands selling various promotions. After the game I would report my hours to my supervisor and head home.
What is/was your favorite thing about your internship?
My favorite thing was the workplace environment. I’m a huge baseball fan, so working at the ballpark itself was cool, but all my coworkers were very friendly and helpful as well. They made coming to work a fun experience.
What is/was the most valuable skill you developed in this internship that you can use in your future career?
The ability to adapt to different tasks on the fly and to learn quickly. We were not heavily trained on all the tasks we would be assigned, so oftentimes you are forced to do a job you’ve never done before without training. Learning how to do adapt to these tasks quickly was a crucial part of the job.
What was something unexpected that happened during your internship, or resulted because of your internship?
One night I went into work and it started to rain, so they postponed the game until the next day. The following day the team played a doubleheader, during which I was dressed up as a mascot. I didn’t expect the rain delay or that I would have to work as a mascot during both games.
What advice or words of wisdom can you share for other students who may be interested in pursuing this internship, or a similar one?
Definitely go for it. If you love sports, you’ll love the environment of working with a sports team.
How did you grow as a future professional in this field?
I learned how to adapt to different tasks quickly, I learned how to work with a rapidly changing coworker base, and I learned valuable communications skills from supervisors and fans.
Nick Baker is an English/Journalism major at the University of Delaware and is expected to graduate in 2019.