Bison Spotlight – Jake Alpert

We would like to shine the next Bison Spotlight on a member of the Class of 2020, Jake Alpert. He is pursuing a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Marketing. On The Hill he worked for the Sports Information Department, Admissions as a Student Ambassador, he was a PDS Teaching Assistant, a member of the Sport Management Club, and a member of the Emerging Leader’s Program. When he finds some free, time he enjoys watching sports, playing video games, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. A fun fact about Jake is he studied abroad during the Spring Semester in 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic, and visited eleven countries.

During the summer of 2018, Jake interned for the Keene SwampBats, a collegiate summer baseball team. He was an Operations Intern. In this role, Jake assisted with daily setup, execution, and breakdown of all home contests. He also collaborated with team sponsors to construct and handle their respective sponsored nights. During this internship, he also organized a multi-day youth camp by himself.

The experience with the Keene SwampBats led Jake to another opportunity. In the summer of 2019, he interned for The Kraft Group. He was a Ticket Sales and Member Services Intern. During this opportunity, he assisted customers at the ticket office and over the phone. He also responded to emails, updated account information, and process renewal payments for the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution. He processed, printed, and mailed game ticket orders for all stadium events.

Jake is currently an intern for Boston College and has been there since 2017. He is an External Relations Intern. He facilitates in-game promotion and operations assistance for Football, Basketball, and Hockey. He supervises gameday marketing interns and helps assist in creating/executing in-game elements. Jake helps with various office tasks that focus on increasing overall attendance and revenue. He assists with the sales experience, lead generation, and data input while overseeing the summer street team.

When we asked Jake to tell us about his experience he said, “Every sport is a little different, but typically on gameday, the staff and interns will go over the script for the game to understand everything that needs to be done. With football, the script is usually sent out ahead of time since there is so much to do on gameday and not much downtime. Most of the work is done prior to kickoff, but there is still a lot of responsibilities during the game. While every game is different, in-game promotions and elements, recognitions, and anything operationally are typically done during games.”

Jake said his favorite thing during his experiences was, “Being able to grow and continuously learn while contributing to the execution of a home contest is a truly rewarding feeling and something that will never get old. Being such a big sports fan and appreciating what these athletes do, only makes being right next to the action that much better. Having the chance to be trusted with increased responsibility only motivates you to continue pushing forward.” 

After gaining many skills and learning multiple lessons during his internship experiences, Jake has some valuable advice to give others. He said, “Make sure to get your foot in the door as soon as you can, it is never too early to seek and accept opportunities presented to you. Never say no to doing something and do whatever you can to make your boss’s life easier. Keeping that mentality helps you stick out in a crowd and to form good habits. It is vital to network for yourself. Always introduce yourself with a smile, and try to leave a lasting impression. Continuing to grow your network and connect with people in your industry can only benefit you down the road, whether you end up working for them or they give you a great recommendation. Never turn down an opportunity even if you do not end up enjoying it. You now know what you do not want and will still earn valuable lessons out of it!”

The CPDC team is very proud of Jake and all of his accomplishments. Thank you for taking the time to share your journey with us. We wish you the best of luck in your future career!

By Maggie Noelk
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