Communication student interns for baseball team in Cape Cod League this summer

Emily White ’14 remembers attending Falmouth Commodore baseball games during the summers of her childhood. Glove in hand, she always was prepared to catch a fly ball. This summer, she will return to her Cape Cod home to serve as the team’s promotions intern, paving the way for a future she hopes somehow involves promotions and baseball.

White is a communication major and business minor at the College. When it comes to finding a job after graduation, she means business. That’s why she’s building her resume with internships, probably three by the time she graduates.

“I think internships are really important to secure a job—to gain as much experience as possible to be competitive, and to do something you like,” she said.

Professor of Communication Helene DeGross, who coordinates internships in the department, has been instrumental in providing White with information about the importance of internships and how to clinch them.

“I’m not concerned about finding an internship with her on my side,” White said.

White got an early start with her Commodore internship while she was home over winter break. She worked a major fundraiser for the team, an affiliate of the Cape Cod League that feeds into the minors. She assisted with event raffles, registration, and guest speaker coordination. She also met the guest of honor, new Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Her main function this summer will be to find ways to keep the fans coming back, similar to her duties as an intern with the Chicago Bandits women’s softball team last summer. For example, she might pull kids from the stands to play a game between innings or invite them to attend a book reading by one of the players at the local library—whatever it takes to make their experience as fun as possible during the three or four home games each week. 

White’s entire family is invested in the Falmouth Commodores: her younger sister Katie also will be interning for the team this summer, her father has served in various volunteer positions, and the Whites have hosted players at their home for the past five years.

White said her family treats the players like kin, bringing them to Red Sox games and on other day trips. They also invited the players’ families to visit and stay in their guest rooms. For White, they are like the brothers she never had.

“To have an older brother pick on you and watch out for you is great,” she said, adding that it has taught her a lot about their way of life. “Living with the baseball players and seeing the work they go through, it’s a tough life when you’re first drafted.”

Just like the players, White is committed to the game and sports, in general.

“I really think they’re important for your character and development,” said White, who played hockey and other sports growing up. “It’s a huge part of me.”

It’s why she is taking measures to better her chances of working in the world of sports some day, to share with others the experience and feelings she associates with being at a baseball game.

The “all time best job,” she says: working in promotions for none other than the Boston Red Sox.