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Internship Success - Buffalo Bisons

by Selena Mangoni on November 13, 2019
Internship Success - Buffalo Bisons

Selena Mangoni is on her way to a successful career after she secured an internship with the Buffalo Bisons as the promotions and marketing intern. Selena is a senior business management major from Aurora, Ontario who will be graduating in May of 2020.

How did you secure the opportunity?

I secured this opportunity by applying through their website. My previous internship with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment helped me secure it.

What did you do on a daily basis?

The responsibilities that were included for our group was the entertainment that would happen before, during, and after each game. We were responsible for setting up each promotion, picking contestants for the promotions, carrying out the promotion, and cleaning up the promotion after it was done.

On a typical game day, we would have to be at the field and meet with Mike, who was our supervisor in this internship, in his office for two hours before gates opened and talked with him about what we are doing for the day and what needed to be prepared before the game. After that, we would go to our intern room and roll t-shirts for the t-shirt toss and make sure everything we needed was in order.

We would then go to guest relations to gather everyone we needed for promotions that went on before the game (first pitch, anthem singer, play ball kid, etc.). We would bring them down to the field and bring them back upstairs when they were done. For games, we were split into two groups that would be assigned four or five promotions each. During the game, we would look for contestants and execute the promotions. Also during the game, we got to dress as a chicken wing, a hot wing, a blue cheese, a carrot, a beef on weck, or a fish fry, and race on the field.

Most importantly, what did you learn?

I learned all of the behind-the-scenes and hands-on responsibilities for the promotions aspect of the job, and we had classroom time every month to learn about the different departments that are available with the Buffalo Bisons.

What advice do you have for future students?

My advice would be to get involved with as many internships as possible. Hands-on internships make you learn what you like and don’t like about different positions. You can’t decide what you want to do before you try it out.

If you have worked with Career Services, how have they helped you?

Resumes and cover letters.