Internships in Major League Baseball
Opportunities for Students Interested in Sports and Business
Major League Baseball is the association of professional baseball teams in two separate leagues, the American League, and the National league. It's composed of 30 teams throughout the United States and Canada. The original National League was formed in 1876. The American Association, the predecessor to today’s American league, was formed in 1881 and was also known as “The Beer and Whiskey League." The National League and the American Association met in a postseason championship series, the first attempt at a World Series, for several years.
The current baseball season is 162 games long, not including the post-season. It begins in April and ends in October. But that's not to say that a job with the MLB is not a year-round commitment.
MLB.com is the official site of Major League Baseball. It's a source of baseball-related material, including news, statistics and sports columns. MLB.com provides streaming video and audio broadcasts of baseball games to subscribers, sells official baseball merchandise, allows users to purchase game tickets, and runs fantasy baseball leagues.
Internships offered by Major League Baseball
A career in baseball can offer a unique and challenging path in a very exciting and sought-after industry. Both Major League Baseball and MLB.com offer a wide range of internships, both in the U.S. and abroad. These include positions in marketing, media, communications and public relations, social media, promotions, e-commerce, the IT Help Desk, labor relations, special events, corporate sales and more.
Opportunities exist with both MLB and with each individual major league baseball team.
All internships are located in New York City.
Students must have completed at least three years at an accredited four-year college or university or have completed one year of post-graduate studies to qualify for an MLB internship.
They must have an interest in working within a specific department in baseball and have exceptional academic standing. Although it's not required that you have prior experience in the internship area you want to pursue, it's preferred. You should have strong writing and communications skills.
Students can apply online, attaching their resumes and cover letters. The cover letter must detail why students want to pursue an internship in a specific department within MLB and should mention at least three potential departments. It should also explain what most appeals to you about the internship you seek and how you think it will help you in the long term.
Here's a sampling of two of the most popular internships.
The On-Site Operations Intern
An on-site operations intern works to coordinate Fan Cave deliveries. He takes inventory and maintains a log sheet as part of the process. These interns are also responsible for coordinating key operational vendors and maintaining an adequate inventory of Fan Cave apparel and beverages. They ensure that products are properly stocked and assist in maintaining Fan Cave décor.
The General Fan Cave Intern
General interns assist with Fan Cave events. They'll track and process all bills and receipts and they'll also assist in the maintenance of Fan Cave décor.
Interns coordinate volunteers, giveaways and weekend tours and assist with video content production.
How to Apply
MLB.com and the Office of the Commissioner both offer formal paid summer internship programs beginning in May and concluding by early to mid-August. A number of spring and fall internships are available on a limited basis. Housing is not available. The application deadline is March 1.
You can apply directly on the website. Just select the functional area and employment status.