The Business Side of Baseball-Patrick’s Internship With The New Britain Rock Cats

CaptureName: Patrick Coleman

Year: 2014

Major/Minor: Accounting/Mathematics

Hometown: Portland, CT

Company Interned for: The New Britain Rock Cats, MiLB Team

AC: How did you find out about this internship?  What resources on campus did you use?  

PC: The Amica Center emailed me about a career fair in the sports industry.  I absolutely love sports, so after attending that, I knew I had to find an internship in the sports industry to see if it truly was a good fit for me.  I came across the internship for the New Britain Rock Cats and went for it.  Luckily I landed it!

AC: What was your favorite part of interning with the Rock Cats and what did you find most challenging?VW2ALJBM

PC: My favorite part was applying all the concepts I learned in my accounting classes to a baseball team. It was really cool to see the business side of baseball instead of being a fan. I also really enjoyed working the games. I was able to enjoy summer nights with a baseball diamond right in front of me. The most challenging thing for me were the hours. When there was a game, I usually worked 12-hour days. We hosted the Eastern League All Star Game this year and I put in 75 hours for that week! It was very tiring at times with all the hours but definitely worth it.

AC: What advice do you have for underclassmen who are looking to pursue internships in regards to owning your experiences? 995777_10153123930395220_1780948265_n

PC: When you pursue an internship, you need to make sure it is something that you are going to enjoy. I knew I was going to enjoy working for a baseball team and I wanted to make the most out of the internship so I went out of my way to show initiative and do what I thought would be best for my experience.  My internship was focused on sales but I made it a point the very first week to head over to the accounting department and see if there was any way I could help out a day or two…I ended up working there most days! If you pursue something that interests you, your best work usually comes with it. Without even noticing it, I really made a great impression on the executives, just because I was doing what I loved.

AC:  Lastly, what are you looking forward to in your senior year?!  Any other internships or work lined up?!

PC: I am looking forward to getting back into a school routine mostly. It is going to be an adjustment compared to being at work for 12 hours a day. As for internships, I am currently looking for one in the winter and potentially the spring. I have to make an Amica appointment to see what’s available!


Mikayla’s Experience at Turner Broadcasting


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Name: Mikayla LaRosa

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major/Minor: Communication/Film Studies & Business Administration

Company Interned For: Turner Broadcasting, Standards & Practices Department

Year: Senior

AC:  How did you hear about your internship?

ML: I found out about the internship directly on the Time Warner website, which owns Turner Broadcasting, and searched for positions that caught my interest amongst the hundreds posted. I applied to three different internships within Turner and got a call back on two of them. After two interviews, a phone and a skype interview, I was offered the position and accepted!

AC:  How did Bryant help in your preparation for your internship?

ML: While I have always known I wanted to pursue a career in media, Bryant has provided me the opportunities to grow through experience. I have been able to foster strong relationships with the Communication faculty, who have served as invaluable mentors. For example, Tom Zammerelli was instrumental in connecting me to the production house I interned at in Providence last summer, as well as insight and guidance during the interview process for Turner. Additionally, the Amica Center for Career Education helped me brush up on my Skype interviewing skills, as well as providing a quiet and professional space for my Skype interview.

turner_silver_tmAC:  What did you find most exciting working with Turner?  What did you find most challenging?

ML: The most exciting part about working at Turner was being a part of one of the world’s leading media organization and experiencing all the aspects that go into making TV happen. There are so many things going on behind the scenes a typical viewer would never realize, and after this internship, I definitely will never look at TV the same. With that, rewiring the way that I view or “consume” television was definitely one of my greatest challenges. When I tell people about my internship, it might sound like all I did was watch TV all day – but there was so much more too it, and it is much harder than it sounds. It so easy to get wrapped up in a story line and completely miss something! It took weeks to train myself to known what to pay attention too and master a description with professional and proper syntax.

AC:  If you could explain your internship in 9 words, what would they be?

ML: Tracking dialogue, language, sex, and violence across competitive networks.

AC:  Any advice for underclassmen looking to pursue an internship in the communication field?

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Interns across different departments

ML: First and foremost, follow your passion! I’ve known for a while I wanted to work in the media industry, so I applied to internships across a number of large media companies. Of course internships in the communication field, especially paid positions, are extremely competitive. At Turner, I was selected from a pool of over a thousand internship applicants. But that should not discourage you; preparation is the key! As an underclassman, I knew my general area of interest and researched the skills required for the positions I wanted, such as experience with various types of editing software and a demo reel of my recent work. For their, I began seeking out opportunities around Bryant and within my courses that would build my experience, which would eventually gave me an edge over my competition. You have to be willing to take risks, put yourself out there, and be confident in your abilities; if you have the right skills and the desire any employers will see that and want you a part of their company.