Stillman Standout: Alyssa Gallombardo Interns with Staten Island Yankees

By Jaclyn Marciniak,
Stillman News Editor

Stillman student, Alyssa Gallombardo had the great opportunity to intern with the Staten Island Yankees this past summer.  Gallombardo, a sophomore is currently a marketing major, minoring in graphic design.  She plays piccolo and is a section leader for the Seton Hall Pep Band.  Additionally, she is a member of the Marketing Club and the Sports Management Student Association.  Currently, she is interning with Seton Hall Athletics as a game day intern.

Q: Why did you choose to apply at the Staten Island Yankees?
A: I had the idea of working in the sports industry because of being in Seton Hall’s Pep Band. Playing in three different professional arenas and the hype of the fans over the game was a blast. The way I see it, is you have to love what you’re selling in order to convince others to buy into it, too.
I attended the Careers in Sports and Entertainment event this past March and talked to a representative from the Staten Island Yankees.  He gave me a lot of information and seemed to really love his job.  After talking about different intern positions, I thought I would have a good chance to be selected as a ticket sales intern.  I immediately applied after I left the event and a few weeks later had an interview set up.

Q: What were your day to day responsibilities?
A: Day to day responsibilities varied over the course of the season. When I started in May, there was still a month of preparation before the season started. Until then, I had to work office hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., three days a week. Most of those days consisted of office work and mailing or delivering ticket orders around the five boroughs.
Once the season started in the middle of June, game days in the office went quickly. I would make copies of rosters and stat packs, set up the Guest Relations booth, make signs for the luxury suites that people bought, or prepare for any promotions or giveaways. On game days, I mostly worked at Guest Relations where I would interact directly with fans and help to solve any problems that might have occurred. If it was raining and we had home games, I would even help to pull the tarp. Sometimes rather than working in the office, I may have been sent to a community event to promote the Staten Island Yankees and encourage people to come out to a game.

Q: What did you learn about working in the sports business industry?
A: In sports, there is no such thing as having a day off. Some weeks, because of home stands, I would work six days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and have an hour commute home then do the same thing all over again the next day.
I also learned how much that has to be taken into account and how each department relies on the next for everything to work smoothly. Because of this, I had exposure to not only sales, but marketing, operations and entertainment as well.

Q: Do you see yourself working in the sports business industry in the future?  Why or why not?
A: I can absolutely see myself working in the sports industry in the future.  I loved seeing all of the happy kids who sold tickets for fundraisers and brought their entire family to watch them walk out on the field with the players.
Knowing I prepared and delivered those tickets to their school for them to enjoy that game, it was a great feeling.  I enjoyed working long days because it allowed us to come together as a team.  I was able to get to know everyone on a personal level and it made for a comfortable work environment.

Q: What advice do you have for other students that want to obtain an internship with a sports team?
A: Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it or that getting a job in the industry is impossible. Take chances, and don’t be afraid to ask for things. As cliché as it all sounds, everything happens for a reason.
I never would have imagined all that has happened in the past year would have happened to me, but I believed in myself and gave everything I had.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 21st print edition.

Contact Jaclyn at
jaclyn.marciniak@student.shu.edu

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