They say that a successful career is all about networking and for Hobart junior Matthew Chase it has certainly paid off.
Chase is spending his second summer interning with the YES Network, the TV network of the New York Yankees. Last summer Chase was able to land an internship through networking connections in the production studios in Stamford, Conn., in the new media department. Those connections led to the opportunity to be a “runner” in Yankee Stadium this summer.
Working as a runner means that Chase is responsible for getting information from the clubhouses to newscasters and assisting with interviews.
“The most difficult part of this job is trying to act calm when my childhood hero Derek Jeter is standing three feet in front of me,” says Chase, a lifelong Yankees fan.
The media and society major says working for one of the most successful regional sports network in the country is an incredible opportunity.
“The most interesting part of the past two years has been experiencing how such a giant network is connected in different areas,” says Chase, referring to the marketing and business executives in Manhattan, the new media and production teams in Stamford, and the YES employees who work at the stadium. “It has been really interesting to examine every area of the company where hundreds of employees split across three cities come together to perfect the details for one three -hour televised event.”
This summer, Chase has discovered that it is sometimes difficult to multi-task, juggling and prioritizing jobs being given to him by different people in all different parts of the stadium. But he knows that is an incredibly valuable skill to learn.