Second-Annual SVG Sports Intern Meetup Attracts 150+

On June 23, more than 150 interns from sports leagues and networks turned out for SVG’s second-annual Sports Intern Meetup, hosted by Major League Baseball at the Office of the Commissioner in New York City. The event, titled “You’re in the Door, Now What?”, offered interns valuable insight from leading human resources executives from both inside and outside of the sports industry.

“It’s a surprise to me that so many young people turned out to hear from professionals on how to get ahead in this tough job market,” says MLB International VP and Executive Producer Russell Gabay, who spearheaded and hosted the event. “The diversity of the students attending was also encouraging to me and is a sign that every segment of the next generation is ready to leap into this business.”

The event kicked off with a panel moderated by MLB VP of Recruitment John Quinones that explained to the larger-than-expected crowd of interns how they can get the most out of their internships and turn them into full-fledged careers. The panel featured Jennifer Chiocchi, Director of Human Resources, Interbrand; Joe Franco, Manager of University & Diversity Recruiting and Relations, ESPN; Gretchen Gelson, Senior Recruiter, Maximum Management Corp.; Robert Landau, SVP, NBCUniversal Sports Group at NBCUniversal; and Brent Sudduth, VP/Director, Talent Acquisition, Cline Davis Mann.

A second panel featured four “success stories” from current MLB employees who turned their internships with the league into full-time jobs. Each recounted their experiences and addressed pitfalls to avoid when applying for jobs and networking.

“I think this was an extremely valuable opportunity for all of the interns in attendance,” Gabay said. “We hope to hold more events like this one in the future so that we can continue to develop the next generation of sports professionals.”

Intern coordinators interested in getting involved with future SVG Intern Meetups should contact

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