HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton University Sports Management students were among three schools in the country to be selected to serve as interns for the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings that took place in National Harbor, Maryland, Dec. 4-8, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
"It is a very rare occasion to have 10 students from one university to intern at a professional sporting event,” said Dr. Aaron Livingston, HU assistant Sports Management professor. “I am proud to state that professional baseball officials have praised the preparation of the Sport Management students at Hampton University. The sports industry is very competitive and I am proud of how our students are able to achieve in any environment.”
The winter meetings are an annual event, held each December, in which representatives of all 30 Major League Baseball teams (MLB) and their 160 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) affiliates convene for four days to discuss league business and conduct off-season trades and transactions.
Every year, baseball executives and staff, media, exhibitors and job seekers from around the world converge at the Baseball Winter Meetings to network with peers, fill job openings, attend workshops and discuss innovating trends in the industry. While interning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings, HU students attended the PBEO Job Fair, the banquet, the awards luncheon, the Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series, the baseball trade show and the gala.
The Sports Management Department has hosted a number of events in the past year; including hosting the inaugural Sports Leadership Conference on campus in March 2016 and attended the Minor League Baseball Diversity Summit in Tampa, Fla. in August 2016. The Hampton University Department of Sports Management has an active schedule and research agenda which includes hosting the Second Annual Sports Leadership Conference, an invitation to intern at Super Bowl LI, and attend several other professional conferences in 2017.