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Title: 9-to-5: Living the Intern Life at the Washington Nationals, Zach Rosen

9-to-5: Living the Intern Life with the Nationals

by Staff Monday, July 21, 2014

Title: 9-to-5: Living the Intern Life at the Washington Nationals, Zach RosenZach Rosen

Junior majoring in International Business and Marketing with a certificate in Spanish

Hometown: Mequon, Wis.

Internship: Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorship Activations Intern with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club in Washington, D.C.

How did you land an internship with the Nationals?

I had a connection to the Nationals through one of my friends and that got me interested to apply. I applied online on an awesome website for sports jobs called teamworkonline.com, where the internship was posted. I had interviews with my now manager and an HR Coordinator. Later that week, they called me and offered the position!

What’s a typical day like?

I mostly work game days, and I show up about four hours before the game starts. My tasks throughout the day depend on what’s going on that game. Typically, I am taking photos of our sponsors’ signage around the ballpark, helping out with our partners’ events, and entertaining guests on the field during batting practice. Most of the work I do is before the game unless it’s a special event. On a non-game day, I help around the office and the employees in my department to prepare for future promotions and events. My main role in the department is taking and organizing photos for our promotional clients. 

Has anything surprised you so far?

Every experience opens your eyes, but I have been surprised at how many hours every Nationals employee puts in to ensure the business operation is a success. So much effort goes into every single game, and it really is outstanding how much effort and attention to detail must be given to successfully operate a sports team.

Title: 9-to-5: Living the Intern Life at the Washington Nationals, Zach Rosen

Have you used anything from the Wisconsin School of Business in your internship?

The obvious answer is that marketing classes have helped me with my sports marketing position, and I’ve also found that my experience with leadership positions inside and outside the classroom have helped me take initiative and understand my role within the organization. I have learned from the WSB that the best way to learn things is to observe and pay attention to detail. The same stays true at Nationals Park, where I try to take in every second of my experience.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

My favorite thing to do when I am not working is to explore the city of Washington, D.C. I have been to D.C. a few times before, but it’s been great to be a tourist for a summer. There is so much to do, and the city’s residents are used to having summer interns around. Generally, I enjoy catching up on the rest of the sports world, including the World Cup and baseball everywhere.

Have you met any other Badgers?

Of course. Badgers are everywhere!

“9-to-5: Living the Intern Life” features Business Badger students learning about the working world this summer in internships across the country. Follow along with their adventures, lessons, and advice on the Wisconsin School of Business website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).