Community Relations at Minnesota Twins
How did you learn about this position?
Each year, the Minnesota Twins provides a career fair for individuals who aspire to have a career in the sports industry. During my senior year, I attended the career fair in the fall of 2012 to learn more about current positions with the Minnesota Twins. I also reach out to my teachers from the Sport Management program, which they informed me the Twins were hiring.
Describe your position.
I help assist with the management and execution of core programs within the Twins Community Fund (TCF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that benefits children and their families in the surrounding Twin-Cities. To be more specific, coordinate community and cause-related events that align the Minnesota Twins’ focus areas, such as health, education, ballpark renovations, and player appearances to create awareness and involvement of the TCF.
If you have ever celebrated your birthday/anniversary at a Twins game, I manage the scoreboard message requests and ensure they are displayed correctly and promptly. Also, I assist with game-day duties, including military recognitions, check presentations, and national anthem performances.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
Working for the Twins in the Community Relations department; it’s such a rewarding job each day. From sending an in-kind donation to a charity, displaying a scoreboard message to inviting kids to Target Field to meet the players, it never gets old. Choosing to have a profession in sports, plan on working long hours. There are days where you work 12 hour days if not longer.
How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Landing this position right out of college, I’m motivated to become a better professional and leader within the sports industry.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
While filling out the application, I used key words from the job description and placed them in my resume and cover letter. I also reached out to individuals – professors, faculty, coaches, peers – who have current relationships with the Twins Staff.
What are you doing today to further your career?
Do not wait until you are a senior in undergrad to start your professional development. During your undergrad, set up informational interviews, research organizations, type your resume, practice interview questions-all very helpful. You have plenty of resources and faculty that want to help you grow professionally at the University of Minnesota – use them!