Everyone in the world of sports waits for the day that they finally get called up to the big leagues and for Hobart graduate Michael Rivera ’12 that day just came.
Rivera’s love affair with baseball began when he was a child and for years he put that passion into playing the game. In high school, he was the starting right fielder for the varsity baseball team and at HWS he prepared himself for a career in sports management. “I knew I wanted baseball to be a part of my life so I transferred my focus from shagging fly balls to becoming a well-rounded individual suited for any major league team’s front office,” he says.
Since arriving at HWS, Rivera began working hard and networking in order to achieve his dream. Each summer, he applied to all internships or job openings at every major league team with the goal of getting a foot in the door. On campus, he worked with Director of Hobart Athletics Michael Hanna as well as with the Geneva Red Wings and the Syracuse Chiefs. He believes that his fortitude has paid off. “If there is one thing that I’ve learned through my internships and job searches, it is that persistence and confidence are key,” he says.
This summer, Rivera landed a Club House Internship with the New York Yankees where he is working for the Director of Team Travel and Player Services. “I work hands on with the players, coaches and staff,” Rivera explains. “I help coordinate and order specific requests of the players, coaches and staff.”
“I think that I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity,” he says. “Working for the Yankees is a dream come true and I see this leading to other opportunities that will ultimately help me qualify for a General Manager position.”
Rivera credits his time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with preparing him for the opportunity. “In the working world, success is about bringing in a profit for the company and being able to communicate and relate to people. Social skills are now one of my strengths, thanks to the diverse, unique group of individuals at HWS.” He also is grateful for the support he has received from career services and the HWS alumnus/alumnae network.
Rivera was a writing and rhetoric major with a minor in social justice studies. On campus, Rivera was honored with both an Orange Key and the Keith J. Stockman Award.