PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University student Alek Morgan wraps up his summer internship with Cal Ripken Baseball Complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Ripken complex was started by Cal Ripken, Sr. and his love for the game of baseball. He spent 37 years with the Baltimore Orioles as a catcher then as a manager and company man. Cal Sr. passed on his knowledge and skills to his sons Cal Jr. and Bill, who are both dedicated to maintaining the values and experience gained from playing the game while making sure there’s a whole lot of fun along the way. Their mission is to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences and to elevate every player’s potential on and off the field by holding week long tournaments, college leagues, and clinics for 10U baseball up to collegiate level. “My internship taught me so many things. I learned to manage social media channels, how to work with sales teams, and learned about the different aspects of facility and grounds management. I got to work with everyone in the organization, including the General Manager and Vice President of Ripken’s Myrtle Beach complex,” said Morgan. “The most important takeaway for me was the value of networking. I was able to connect with former players, coaches, and sports professionals from all realms, which created a great learning experience and opened up doors to meet so many people in the industry.”
Morgan applied for the internship through TeamWork online while SSU Career Services helped sharpen his resume. Upon being offered the position at Ripken, Career Services was able to match Morgan with the Internship Support Fund Scholarship to secure his finances in order to be able to spend the summer in SC. “The internship was a great opportunity for me, and I’m very fortunate to have the guidance from my professors and the help from Career Services during this entire process ,” said Morgan.
Internships are vital to college students in strengthening their resumes as they compete with other job applicants. According to NACE Joblook 2018, employers state the top two things they like to see on an applicant’s resume are internships with their company or an internship within their industry. About 75% of college graduates state they had at least one internship prior to graduation (College Recruiter 2015).
“While getting good grades is important in college, students still need to have good exposure to experiences in their field to make them competitive in the job market, and the best way to achieve that is through building industry specific skills through an internship,” said Julia Hawkins, Director of SSU’s Career Services. “It’s really a win/win experience for the student and the employer. Employers use the internship programs as a spring board to full-time employment while the student learns to transfer knowledge learned in classrooms into real-world experience.”
The Office of Career Services assists current students and SSU alumni in areas such as major and career exploration, professional skill building, internship, job and graduate school search, resume and cover letter development, and much more. To learn more about internship opportunities or about SSU’s Career Services, please contact the Office of Career Services at 740.351.3027, or e-mail Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.