Our next Bison Spotlight is on Maddie Hansen. She is from Holden, MA and will be graduating May of 2021 with a degree in Sport Management. Here on The Hill, Maddie is a TAI for the sport event class that plans the Special Olympics on campus. Outside of school and work, she loves to watch sporting events and go kayaking. A fun fact about Maddie is she knows how to drive a Zamboni.
Over this past summer, Maddie did her internship with the Yarmouth- Dennis Red Sox for the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) as a Game Day Operations Intern. She sold merchandise, concessions, and held the 50/50 raffle.
When asked about a typical day in her experience Maddie replied, “On a typical game day, I would arrive at the field two hours before the start of the game. I started by setting up the field with everything needed. This included the entrance, tables, trashcans, and bleachers. After the basic ground stuff was set up, I would set up the merchandise booth. This involved hanging up all the shirts and sweatshirts on the fence and laying out the Merchandise buckets on the tables outside the booth. Then it was game time. I sold merchandise. Once it started to get dark out it was time to pack up and do it all again the next day. Further, in the season, I decided to specialize in merchandising and I was in charge of doing all of the inventory for the organization. I placed new procedures to assist the selling of the goods to go by faster and more efficient.”
Maddie’s favorite thing about this internship was being able to go to the CCBL All-Star Game. She enjoyed talking to the other teams to find out what worked best for them. Then she took that information back to the Team President to help them figure out what to order and what not to order for the future seasons.
Maddie’s biggest takeaway from her experience was, “how organic the CCBL was. Summer ball was what you did once you got off the beach and you just finished dinner. It was great to see everyone rally around the athletes to help them grow and develop to the next level.”
Advice Maddie would give to others is, “step outside of your comfort zone because when you do you take away more from the internship then you originally thought.”
We would like to thank Maddie for taking the time to talk about her experience. The CPDC wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors.