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Internship Spotlight: Winter Meetings

Every year, students in the School of Public Health search for internships that best prepare them for their career paths and suit their personal interests.  Sounds difficult and nearly impossible, right? Fortunately, that doesn’t always have to be the case.

I was lucky enough to find an internship this past summer that fulfilled both of these needs.  My lifelong love for baseball and interest in sports broadcasting led me to an internship with The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  During this internship, my daily assignment was to sit in the press box and commentate youth baseball games.  Watching baseball all-day and getting to talk about it? And calling it work? Doesn’t really get much better for a baseball fan.

An internship such as this may seem difficult to obtain.  How did he find an internship doing something he loves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina of all places?  I shared these same thoughts around this time last year, until I stumbled upon an opportunity to go to the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.13BWMlogo

The Baseball Winter Meetings is a colossal job fair that takes places once a year that just about every minor league organization and some major league attends.  When I first heard about it, it sounded extremely intimidating and stressful.  Nobody I knew really knew too much about it, but I decided that it was definitely worth checking out.

Fast forward to the actual meetings, which took place in December.  The first day consists of a panel of speakers that work in the industry, sharing their experiences and advice on how to succeed in the business.  This is an all-day optional event, but I would highly recommend going if you don’t know much about working in the baseball industry. Following the speakers, the actual job fair begins.  The way this job fair was structured took me by complete surprise due to its unorthodox configuration.  As opposed to going from table to table, speaking to employers about their companies and asking questions, every job that is being offered is posted on bulletin boards in one room.  These postings include the team, job description, start date, etc.  Each job is labeled with a number.  You browse the room, going from bulletin board to bulletin board, searching for jobs you may be interested in and taking down their number. (I recommend taking a picture of each posting you are interested in for future reference.)

After looking around the room at the hundreds of jobs that are posted, (which I promise isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds) you decide which ones you actually want to apply for.  This is where the process gets interesting.  If you want to apply for a job, you take the job number that was posted on the description, and you put it in the top left corner of your resume along with your basic info such as name and phone number.  They have boxes set up with certain number ranges on them (1-50, 51-100, etc.), and you simply just drop your resume in the box.  Now, you wait.

Every employer will look over every resume that is given to them, and they will eventually post who they want to interview on a sheet of paper in a separate room.  This is where it gets exciting.  You will be going in and out of that room checking for your job numbers to see if you got interviews just about every half hour.  If you are selected for an interview, you will find your name on a sheet of paper along with available times to interview.  You select a time and then begin preparing.  Sometimes an organization gives you a day to prepare; sometimes they give you an hour.  That’s what makes this job fair so unique.

Interviews are held on-sight, in a huge room where every other organization is holding their interviews.  While this all may still sound scary and daunting, I promise it is something to be excited about, not scared of. Following the interviews, you wait to hear back from the organizations just like any other job.  How long it takes to hear back varies by organization.  It could be the same day, or it could be a few weeks later.

So if you hadn’t heard of the Winter Meetings before, or were hesitant about going, I hope this was of some assistance to you.  It is a great opportunity to find a job, or at the very least learn a ton.  My advice to you is bring a lot of resumes and dress business professional.  Confidence is always key.

The Winter Meetings will be from December 9-12 at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.  You can sign up through the official website of minor league baseball www.milb.com.

MattMatthew Wolfe is a senior majoring in Sports Communication.  He enjoys writing, mainly about sports.  After graduation, Matthew hopes to work somewhere within the sports PR industry.  His ultimate goal is to write for a major online sports publication, or be a play-by-play announcer for a basketball team.  Matthew loves comedy and action movies, and just about every television show. 

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