Andrea Walter

Intern Name: Andrea Walter

Major: Global Business and Leadership

Minor: Communications

Title/Place of Internship: Game Day Intern with the Minnesota Twins

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?

I was browsing through Indeed looking for opportunities that sounded interesting. The Minnesota Twins Internship posting immediately caught my attention! I applied online through their website portal.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?

As a Game Day Intern, I worked all 81 home games. On a typical day, I would arrive to the field about 4 hours before first pitch.

A HUGE part of my internship was coordinating pre-game elements!
Before games started, I would frequently escort selected season ticket holders to the field for batting practice viewing. I also delivered scoreboard messages to the control room, in time for the game! This would sometimes include running to make sure the "happy birthday" and "happy anniversary" messages made it in time :) I arranged around 30 parades. Individual turnout for the parades varied and I would lead anywhere from 30-2000 people around the stadium- to the field for a loop around the warming track. I was also responsible for getting National Anthem singers/groups in place so they were ready to start singing the second the microphone was on! I facilitated pre-game first pitches. This would involve me bringing clients/auction winners to home plate for the first pitch with TC Bear. I helped with many starting lineups, a key point here was making sure we were always right on schedule... sometimes down to the second,

Once the pre-game elements were complete I focused on creating relationships with Season Ticket Holders. I often delivered in-game prizes, free seat upgrades and random drawing items. I was also directly available during the 4th-6th inning for Season Ticket Holder questions.

My internship also included an in-office aspect. In the Sales Department I personally contacted Season Ticket Holders and large groups. I was able to invite many families out to Target Field for player meet and greets, bullpen tours, autograph sessions and on-field parties. Aside from these specific duties, I also sat in on meetings outlining homestand weeks. I occasionally escorted clients and news media to VIP areas. I also communicated with organized outing groups after their game experience. The list of my internship responsibilities can go on-and-on, this is only a small insight into the various jobs/duties I'd have.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?

EVERY day at Target Field was a day to remember. The moments that happen at baseball games are so incredibly genuine and heartwarming. The smiles on fan's faces can not be faked and there is nothing like knowing I got to contribute (if even in a small way) to creating a place for families to come together.

Overall, the most beneficial aspect of my internship was gaining insight into what career I want in the future. I have decided I want to work in Events/Sports Management.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?

How concise a game schedule is! When you're "behind the scenes" you really learn how crucial each minute or even second is. Every game day we would get schedules that outlined the pre-game elements to the minute.

It surprised me how much genuine dedication can change a work environment. For example- rain delays would often cause employees to stay late. It was not unheard of to hear of employees staying at the office until 1am. The dedication shown by employees made the office a warm and hardworking environment.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?

I plan on reflecting on my internship with the Twins as I continue my search to advance on to a career in Sports/Event Management. Every day at Target Field gave me new insights into people, communication and sales.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?

GO FOR IT! The first step to becoming an intern for a major sports organization is BELIEVING YOU CAN.

(September 2018)