We shift our Spotlight focus next onto Ben Molesky. He is from Old Saybrook, CT and graduates May 2021 with a degree in Sport Management. On The Hill, Ben has completed his Bloomberg Certification, is on the Board for the Sport Management Club, has a work-study job in the Sport Information Department, plays intramural basketball and was a Fall Orientation Leader. Outside of school, Ben enjoys spending time with his friends, traveling, watching sports and going to the gym. A fun fact about Ben is he has been to 11 different baseball stadiums!
Last summer, Ben completed a paid academic internship, receiving 6 credits with the CT Tigers. His role was Front Office Associate. He did a lot of marketing, promotions, box office sales, field operations and helped with facilities. Ben performed customer service and relations to provide an amazing experience to fans. A typical game day for Ben included arriving to work at 10:00 a.m. and turning on everything for the stadium. He prepped the parking lots, sorted out tickets for players, turned the lights on for the venue, and set up games for kids. After that, he was able to take a lunch break and then set up for batting practice. Once everyone arrived for the game, Ben would conduct all the promotions and then take everything down once the game was over. If the game started at 7:00 p.m., he typically would not leave until midnight.
Ben talked highly about his experience with the CT Tigers and mentioned that “it was a great experience and as it was my first internship experience, I truly learned the importance the role was to the organization, enjoyed the gratitude received from the fans and loved the interaction with the players”.
Ben’s biggest take away from his experience was “that as a Sport Management major, it is important to get experience early and anywhere you can”. Ben had the opportunity to learn hands-on and got to experience a little bit of everything and was able to learn what he enjoyed in an organization. One of Ben’s most memorable moments was pulling the tarp out across the field when it rained during a game (picture shown below).
A piece of advice from Ben, “no matter what internship you get, put time and value into the connections you make and stay in touch after it ends”.
We truly want to thank Ben for taking his time to share his internship experience with us! The CPDC wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors.