The Whitecaps intern positions are filled for the 2016 season.
If you'd like to work hard, for free, at an exciting summer enterprise in the 2017 summer season come by Stony Brook field at any Whitecaps home game and talk to Mike Gradone or email Mike Gradone, our VP for Game Day Operations.
Come on down....
Love baseball? Want a career in Sports Management? Developing skills in Communication, Public Relations, Business, or some other appropriate field? Why not spend the summer at the ball field?
The Brewster Whitecaps are supported by 8-10 interns every season. Our game operations include setting up the fans' area before every game, so our thousands of fans have a memorable day at the game. We take donations at the gate, sell raffle tickets, hang sponsors' banners, welcome local groups, help sell souvenirs, and all the sideline tasks that enable the community to put a top-flight NCAA team on the field.
We also have an intern who is our liaison to the Major League scouts who spend the summer on the Cape, looking at players who are likely to be eligible for the following year's draft. This intern will tweet starting pitchers every morning, then be available to scouts as soon as our players show up for (home game) batting practice, usually around 2. You'll have scouts-only statistics, and be expected to interact with them on a professional level. To the extent it doesn't conflict with your scouts' responsibilities, you may also assist our General Manager and his staff with game-related duties. And, for the record, it generally doesn't include keeping stats for the club. We have other league-wide resources to do that, and the coaching staff does its own sabremetrics.
We broadcast our games over the internet, read public service announcements to the fans in the stands, post game stories and interviews on the club's web site, and even get a trip to Fenway when the team heads to Boston to practice in front of Major League scouts.
We also have interns who work on communications. Typically, one Game Day intern will work on the pre-game crew, then turn attention to the game, and post a story on the web site afterwards. Features and interviews are also very much appreciated. We are currently reviewing our presence on various social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever others are created before next season. They aren't time-consuming enough for a dedicated internship, but have been part of a general Game Day assignment in the past.
Photography is another contribution an intern can make. We have an Official Photographer, but he's a professional who often can't be at games. An intern with a little experience can make a real difference to our on-line content.
It's hard work, and there's no salary. It is baseball, and it's on Cape Cod, and it's a great line on your resume, and as good a reference as you earn (which is usually very good indeed). If you can earn credit toward your degree, we can work that out, too. So if you have a place to stay in the area*, transportation, and some afternoons free (we play at 5, not under the lights), send us a resume, and maybe you'll get to spend the Summer of '15 with the Whitecaps.
*We can't emphasize this too strongly - the Cape is a resort area, and housing is expensive. If you have someplace to stay, great. If not, check out the clubs further west, where affordable housing may be a little easier to find.
We'll begin considering 2017 interns late this fall (probably making commitments after Thanksgiving). If interested, email Mike Gradone (link above) in the fall of 2016.
The Brewster Intern Story
Being an intern for the Brewster Whitecaps is a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun.
There’s always a lot to do before the game, from putting up banners, to manning the gates.
All while flying around in golf carts.
During games, there’s the 50-50 raffle where the interns go around the field with the players and sell tickets.
While nobody will ever out-sell the 2014 Whitecaps’ Cody Ponce, future interns will have to try.
Interns also work the raffle table, but there’s always time to watch the game.
After the game, banners are taken down.
Trash is collected.
And once everything is all cleaned up, dinner is served.
While there’s always work to be done, there’s nothing better than spending a summer on the Cape watching baseball and working for the Brewster Whitecaps.
Note: This was written by a real intern.