In the ninth, and final, installment of our Bison Summer Series, women's lacrosse junior Callie DeWitt shares stories from her time as an intern for Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball is the oldest professional sports league in the United States. The MLB operates under the Office of the Commissioner, which happens to be headquartered in New York City.
There are two main branches under the MLB: MLBAM (MLB Advanced Media) and MLB Network. MLB Network is located in Secaucus, New Jersey. The MLB Advanced Media office, where I have an internship this summer, is currently located right above the Chelsea Market in New York City. MLBAM is the digital side of the company that runs MLB.com, the club websites and various other digital experiences.
When I first started the job, I began as the Social Media Product Management Intern. Throughout my internship, I began to work closely with the Sponsorship and Marketing Departments. (My twin sister Jamie DeWitt, who is also on the Bucknell women's lacrosse team, also had an internship with the MLB in the Club Marketing Department).
The best part about having an internship with the MLB is the trust and responsibility you are given to complete jobs that normal employees would be doing. There is an understanding of respect in the office, and we are not treated any differently than other employees. I have never done the stereotypical "intern" task you might be thinking of. If I ever fetched coffee, it was only for me!
My job consists of brainstorming and creating cool segments/campaigns to run on different social media platforms. (Follow MLB on insta/snapchat/twitter and like us on Facebook!!!) The amazing part about working with social media is I am able to see all of my hard work come together on the various platforms. I will complete a project, and the following week I will see it on social media.
I also have had the exciting privilege of researching and testing new technologies and projects (like the Virtual Reality Baseball Game that made its debut at the All-Star Game in early July). My day is always busy with meetings, projects, conference calls and outings. If there was ever a time I did not have a task to complete, other departments would give me the opportunity to help with projects they were working on. Every project is fun and interesting!
The job does have amazing perks like its location, reputation and the fun the office has tuning into an exciting day game in extra innings! They also took all of the interns to a Mets game one day this summer.
I was never the biggest baseball fan, but this job has made me love and appreciate the sport. They never expected us to know everything about baseball, but after working there I became a pro at the lingo. Fun fact: I can now name the MLB clubs in alphabetical order with their shorthand abbreviations.
I have always considered working in sports, but I originally found the internship opportunity through a family friend. You can apply for their summer internships off of the MLB website; there are several cool concentrations to choose from. The summer internship is generally around 10 weeks long.
Working for the MLB has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences I have had. I never expected to be able to learn this much at a summer internship, and for that I am forever grateful. This job has given me the confidence to challenge myself in the workplace and be willing to present my own ideas to everyone. I have worked with amazing mentors and made awesome friends. If I was given the opportunity to go back for another summer, I totally would. I suggest anyone check out their internships for next summer!
Inside scoop: Go onto the MLB website and find the club that plays closest to you. Click on schedule and go to the promotions page. There are tons of college student promotional nights and games to go to! Experiencing a baseball game with your friends will be an unforgettable experience.
A Markets, Innovation & Design major, DeWitt started all 17 games at defensive midfield in 2017. With 19 caused turnovers, she finished third on the team. She is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
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