Watching the Mets on television will never be the same for a number of Centenary University students after they had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Citi Field to learn about how this multi-million dollar conglomerate operates.
The New York Mets invited Centenary students who study Sports Management, Business Administration, Social Media Marketing and those who are yet to declare a major, on two separate occasions to get up close and personal with executives who represented different areas of the business, including public relations, human resources, social media, scouting, corporate partnerships, marketing and inside sales. In addition to an interactive discussion about various positions within the organization, students also shared their own aspirations and goals with the executives. They then toured the facilities, visited the dugout, walked around the field and saw the weight rooms and locker rooms.
This experience is in alignment with Centenary’s educational approach to experiential learning and the institution’s dedication to internships.
“This was an opportunity of a lifetime for our students,” says Dr. Christine Floether, Director of Academic Transitions and Associate Professor of Psychology at Centenary University. “It is so wonderful that they were provided with the experience to get an inside look at Mets management just a few short weeks after they became a student here.”
Students were prepared beforehand on how to effectively network and the proper business etiquette when participating in a corporate meeting. During one of the events, a group of students were also able to stay to watch a game.
“We were able to meet the Director of Social Media, Marketing and Communications,” says Rob Hom and Sam Mooney, who are both studying Social Media Marketing at Centenary University. “Having the ability to connect what we learn in class and watching it being applied in a real life situation was a very gratifying experience. It is this type of important exposure that helped us understand exactly what opportunities our future professions will give us by listening to experienced professionals. We are all extremely thankful to Professor Perricone, Dean Naasz and Centenary University for providing us with these types of opportunities.”
Executives from the Mets will be travelling to Hackettstown in the near future to speak to additional students about the exciting business of Mets management.
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.