Internship with Lehigh Valley IronPigs
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William Miceli

William Miceli

Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Broadheadsville, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through a friend who had the same internship last year with the IronPigs. I was given the contact information for the supervisor who runs the internship and reached out to him for any possible position in the summer.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was a great experience. The Game Day Internship Program is designed for college students to explore careers in the sports industry while getting hands-on experience and it allows students to learn from and work alongside IronPigs front office staff members. On a daily basis we assist in general game day setup including giveaways, programs, and sponsor tables. We also assist different departments around the ball park such as ticket sales, promotions, merchandise, community relations, and much more.

"This internship helped me out tremendously because it gave me the opportunity to exercise all the knowledge I learned academically, into a real work environment."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship helped me out tremendously because it gave me the opportunity to exercise all the knowledge I learned academically, into a real work environment. I found that Game Day Interns for the IronPigs gain valuable information for the future. This includes hands on sales experience, learning the importance of event logistics and timing, executing marketing promotions, and networking with a professional staff. These are all topics I came across and learned about at Penn State.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goal is to work in corporate sales. I understand that the sports industry is different than what I want to do however, this internship still prepared me for the future as I consider it my first professional job. Working for the IronPigs gave me great insight on the sales side of the sports industry and selling any product in general. Personally, learning about sales was very helpful while learning everything from the approach, language, product knowledge, objections, the pitch, and statistics.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the sports industry or business in general. By experiencing multiple departments, the game day internship program is designed to assist students in choosing which specific direction they are interested in. One of my favorite parts of the experience was being able to network with numerous people. Whether it be front office members, clients, or fans the amount of people you meet and connect with is endless.

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