Over the course of two days, externs were introduced to professionals working in various departments in the Philadelphia Phillies front office, including executive management, operations, scouting, research and development, marketing, as well as others. In addition to talking to front office team members about the responsibilities carried out by individual departments, the students learned how each department works together to help make the team and franchise a success. Externs also toured Citizens Bank Park facilities, getting an insider’s look at where the players practice, where VIP guests are entertained, where executives and staff members conduct business, and more.
“I’m a government and law major, but I’m interested in pursuing a career in sports management because I played sports growing up. Getting to talk to a lot of different people in the Phillies organization and hear their advice helped me see that I want to work for an organization like this in the future. It was a great time,” Regnier says. “David reminisced about his time at Lafayette and playing baseball at Metzgar Fields, and he made the experience so welcoming.”
“I’ve been hosting this externship for 15-20 years, and it’s two of my favorite days of the year,” Buck says. “I love meeting the young students, and they keep me connected to Lafayette. The externship gives them an idea of what it’s really like working for a baseball team, and I think they’re often surprised at how much business goes on behind the scenes. We’ve even hired a couple of them after they graduated thanks to the relationships they made during those two days.”