This summer Abraham Westbrook ’11 was busy as an intern for the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. After speaking with the staff in the Career Services Office, Westbrook applied to and was accepted for the internship.
From the very first day on the job, Westbrook was assigned responsibilities in a variety of areas of the organization. From working in the audio press box, running the first base camera, recording post-game interviews and getting behind the speed gun, he got a taste for a little bit of everything that goes on behind the scenes. “It was a fantastic experience,” says Westbrook.
Westbrook has always had an interest in sports advertising and broadcasting, so this internship served to combine his joint passions. His versatility as an intern made him a valuable resource to the team, as he was available to fill any position that a regular employee might leave vacant on a day off. His varied roles also provided him with a wealth of networking prospects, such as meeting a scout for the Mets who was sitting behind him while he was working the speed gun.
“Opportunities like that are really a great part of the job”, says Westbrook, who is a media and society major with a minor in education. On campus, he is involved with intramural volleyball and basketball, and he enjoys participating in the HWS Days of Service. Westbrook also works with the Learn to Lead program, which aims to provide students with opportunities to improve leadership skills by observing others in leadership roles, and by acting as role models for others.