santos_avilaAmerican Studies graduate Santos Avila ‘08 shares his experiences as a Community Relations Intern for the Cleveland Indians.

“While attending Union College, I completed my senior thesis, “The Influx of Latin American Baseball Players in The American Game,” on the topic of the growing presence of Latin American baseball players in American leagues. Even before I pursued researching professional baseball in college, I had a strong interest in the world of sports.

“My experience in human services and sports led to an internship with the Cleveland Indians for the 2010 season in their Community Relations Department. My main responsibilities are to provide support for the department’s special events, programs, and operations that foster a positive image for the Club and raise funds for Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC). I am expected to be knowledgeable of all Community Relations and Cleveland Indians Charities events, beneficiaries, and partners.

“My duties have included scheduling batting practice visits, player appearances, travel arrangements for donation requests and trades with all other twenty-nine teams throughout Major League Baseball. Assisting with mass amounts of mailing, faxing, and overnight UPS and Fed Ex, with follow-up phone calls to ensure receipt of all materials, has been mandatory here within the department. The opportunity to be here has afforded me a great deal of interaction with players, Senior Staff members and members of Ownership.

“Being a Community Relations Intern for the Cleveland Indians has made a huge impact on my career aspirations and goals. I am now aspiring to take my career goals within the field of baseball and community relations to New York in the near future.”

Pictured above: Santos Avila ‘08 (center) poses with a Cleveland Indians fan, and his family, who will throw out the first pitch before the start of a ballgame.

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