Students Represent Point Park's Center for Sports Media at Baseball Winter Meetings Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Point Park University students at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.
For the third year in a row, Point Park students represented the University's Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at the Baseball Winter Meetings and PBEO Job Fair - the industry's largest annual gathering of major and minor league executives - Dec. 4-8 in National Harbor, Md.
"There were so many networking opportunities at the meetings, whether during an interview for an internship or a job, or walking by an executive in the hallway," said Dani McSweeney, a senior sports, arts and entertainment management major from South Fayette High School.
"We were lucky enough to attend receptions with teams and executives and even sat at their tables," said Casey McGaw, a junior SAEM major from Dauphin County Technical School.
To prepare for the experience, students held weekly meetings during the fall semester to:
- Polish their resumes, including an editing session with Tom McMillan, the center's co-director and vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Review interviewing best practices and participate in two mock interviews.
- Research the teams and executives attending.
- Meet one-on-one with career counselors from Point Park's Career Development Center.
- Join a conference call with Mark Labban, manager, special events & affiliate programming for Major League Baseball.
"I felt very prepared to attend the meetings because of all of the work we did prior to the trip," said Sara Mackulin, a junior broadcast reporting major from Thomas Jefferson High School.
During the meetings and job fair, Point Park students interviewed for internships and/or part-time or full-time jobs.
"I had five interviews at the meetings and two by phone afterwards," said Trever Sheets, a December 2016 broadcasting alumnus from Perry Traditional Academy. "I accepted a video production assistant position with the Frederick Keys!"
"I had 24 interviews and received nine job offers at the meetings," McSweeney said.
Added McGaw, "I interviewed with 12 teams and landed an internship with the Harrisburg Senators. I credit the Winter Meetings, Point Park and the Center for Sports Media and Marketing for helping us to launch our careers in sports."
Photo by Kelsey Veydt, M.B.A. student